The Shrimanta Sankardev Cultural Centre founded Sankardev College on 2nd September 1962, as a night college, in its own premises. It admitted students for the Pre-university (P.U) and the three years course leading to the Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A) degree. Only eleven students hailing from various communities took admission in the first year of P.U course. Instructions were given by only seven teachers working on part-time basis in the college. It became a full-fledged day-college in 1963 with the B.A courses still running in the night shift. The college was affiliated to Guwahati University for the bachelor’s degrees.
The college started teaching courses for the Bachelor’s degree of Science (B.Sc) degree in 1973. With the coming of the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) at Shillong in 1973, the college sought affiliation with NEHU for its various bachelor’s degree courses. Now its P.U courses are replaced by the Higher Secondary courses of two years duration.
Keeping with its motto, “Tamso Ma Jyotirgamaya” (Lead me from Darkness to Light) it is the endeavour of the College to dissipate the darkness of ignorance with the light of knowledge. Therefore, students from all parts of India especially the North Eastern States are accommodated in the college and self supporting students are given a chance to pursue Higher Education in the Morning Shift. The College does not aim at churning out students with only a degree in hand, but better human beings ready to face the challenges of life.
Sankardev College is catering to the higher educational needs of the youth of north-eastern region irrespective of their religious affiliations or ethnic backgrounds. The college conducts higher secondary level courses of two years duration and degree courses of three years duration at the general and honours levels in the Arts and the Science streams. The college admits students separately in two shifts: morning shift and day shift.
Though the college imparts instructions in two shifts there is no morning shift for the Science and the honours courses. Students admitted to the morning shift are not allowed to take Philosophy as an Arts stream subject. Class XI is the entry point for the higher secondary courses while First Year is the entry point for the degree courses in either stream.
The college has the capacity to admit 100 students in the morning shift and 125 students in the day shift of Class XI Arts courses while in admits 120 students for the Sceince courses in Class XI run in the day shift only. 120 seats are available in the morning shift and 150 seats in the day shift for B.A I year general courses. The total number of seats available for the BSc I courses offered only in the day shift are 120. The classes for the morning shift start at 7:00AM and end by 10:00AM. The classes for the day shift start at 9:15 AM and end by 3:15 PM for the Arts stream and by 4:00 PM for the Science stream.
Students of Class XI move to Class XII by clearing successfully a semi-external promotional examination. This examination is so called because the question papers are set externally and the rest is done internally. Class XII students have to appear for a public examination organised by the Meghalaya Board of School Education.
The three year bachelor’s degree courses, with or without honours subjects are offered in the Arts and Science subjects. The courses in the Arts stream at the general level are run in two shifts. The morning shift starts at 7:00AM and ends by 10:00AM whereas the day shift for both Arts and Science Streams starts at 9:15AM and continues till 4:00PM.
The North Eastern Hill University conducts the examinations at the end of each year. The College, however, conducts evaluative tests periodically during the year to assess the preparedness of the students for the external examinations conducted by the university.
Other Activities of the College:
The College focuses its efforts towards personality building of the youth by encouraging them to take active interest in various co-curricular and extra-curricular activities throughout the year. The college encourages its students to join the National Service Scheme and National Cadet Corps to instil in them a sense of co-operation, discipline and community service, hence personality development.
The college library offers reference and book lending facilities with its fine collection of almost 16,000 volumes and over a dozen journals. Besides providing the reading material on all courses offered by the college there is a good collection of over 6000 books of general nature to widen the knowledge base of the students.
The College does not have residential facilities for the students. However, it is preparing on a plan for the construction of a hostel for its women students on its own plot of land over an area of 5667.65 sq. meters.
‘Academia’ is the name of the annual magazine of the college. The magazine offers the students and the faculty to give expression to their literary creativity by publishing their writings in prose and poetry. The magazine publishes features on contemporary issues, of popular interest, in Science written by the students. It also presents a roundup of the important events in the college during the year. It thus acts as a source of history of the college. By bringing out the excerpts from the yesteryears it apprises the new comers of the past glory of the college and thus tries to maintain the traditions of the college.
Sankardev College Students Welfare Association:
The College does not allow the formation of any organisation or the union of the students other than a welfare association known as the Sankardev College Students Welfare Association.