It was a red letter day for Patkai Christian College (PCC), Chumukedima-Seithekema, the first autonomous college under Nagaland University and the first in the North-East region, where a total of 504 students of 2008-2009 batches both honors and pass courses graduated in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.
Those graduating students of two batches 2008-09 were conferred degree by vice chancellor, Nagaland University, professor. K. Kannan at its first convocation held here at Bundrock Chapel auditorium, Tuesday.
Minister for higher and technical education and urban development, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu who was the chief guest on the occasion said that he was delighted to be a part of the gathering terming it as a great moment for all those present at the occasion.
Terming Patkai College, the first college in the whole North East region on being granted ‘autonomy’ by the University Grants Commission as a big achievement, the minister said the grant of such status depended on the excellent academic performances and fulfillment of other required criteria of an individual college.
He reiterated that every person should appreciate and feel proud of achieving an autonomy status by a college in a state. Stating that Patkai College had got all physical facilities, human resources and sufficient space for future expansion, the minister said that it was not a time to remain satisfied with this status, but had to look for a greater height.
He pointed out the state had made comparatively good progress in the field of education within a short span of time though it was introduced a bit late. “Education still remains the greatest force that can influence the human mind for greater benefit to society, especially to peace and harmonious living,” he said, while stating that it was time to aim for an education system that could produce people who could understand the art of forgiveness, people who could remain honorable in their dealings with other people.
Highlighting the Government of India policy for development of higher education in the country, he disclosed the mission of 11th plan which was aimed to provide access to relevant and good quality higher education in an equitable manner through rapid expansion aiming inclusiveness, removal of regional, social and gender disparities in education.
Urging the convocation to work hard to avail facilities available in the intuitions, he said superannuation age of teachers being raised from 62 to 65 years, in special minorities’ cases, for which contractual appointments of teacher have been permitted up to the age of 70 years, against suitable faculty and those retired but have excellent domain knowledge and experience would be employed on contract basis up to the age of 70 years. He further stated that contract appointments would also be allowed especially for foreign visiting faculty.
Distributing the certificates to graduating students, guest of honour, vice-chancellor, Nagaland University, Professor. K. Kannan highlighted the need of action plan, approach, benefit and competition in the education system in Nagaland.
In his convocation address founder and Principal Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Tuisem A. Shishak thanked the chief guest, guest of honour, Patkai Trustees, principal, faculty and staff while also congratulating the graduating students.
According to him, the 1000-acre property of PCC donated by Chumukedima and Seithekiema villages, is the home of a Christian liberal arts college (not a bible college) that has been offering arts and science, commerce, computer technology, Bible and music (the performing arts). He admitted that Patkai being the first and still the only autonomous college among more than 500 colleges in the North-East India had fallen short in nurturing an intellectual culture in the institution. Pointing out that there was little competitive spirit among the students or the faculty in research and scholarship, he said “if Patkai ever hopes to provide leadership in the field of higher education, its faculty and students will have to be convinced that liberal education considered in itself, is simply the cultivation of the intellect as such its object is nothing more or less than intellectual excellence.”
Earlier, welcome address was delivered by principal of the college, Rev. Judson Rungsung while lighting of the lamp was done by chairman, board of trustees PCC, Er. W. Kithan.
From the class of 2008, a total of 320 students included, BA honours -169 and pass course-82; B.Sc honours-69; and pass course-33. While from 2009 class, a total of 184 students included, BA honours-111 and pass course-36; B.Sc honours-23 and pass course-14.
On the occasion, 18 students were awarded gold medals for their excellent performances in various subjects.
The gold medalists (2008 class): B. Libeni Yanthan (Economics); Avino (philosophy); Abenthung Odyuo (History); Imnazenla Longkumer (Political science); Mutunelu Soho (Education); Khriezhanuo Nakhro (Botany); K.S. Sothing Tangkhul (Physic); Themmila Khamrang (Chemistry) and Vedulu Thingo (Zoology)
Medalist of 2009 batch include: Aosenla Pongen (Economics); H. Ginsuanlian (English); Visevono Terhuja (Education); S. Adiba Sangtam (History); Mathiuningliu T. Panmei (Philosophy); Vethothi Vero (Political Science); Watimongla Jamir (Botany); Wekhem Zeliang (Chemistry) and Esther Vise (Zoology).
It may be noted that Patkai Christian College following the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) assessment and accreditation of the college to B++ level in September 2004, and inspection by the University Grant Commission (UGC) in 2005, the UGC and Nagaland University was granted autonomy to PCC in August 2005. After which Patkai adopted the semester pattern of education in 2005 itself.