CACHAR COLLEGE is a premier institute of higher learning in south Assam. Established in 1960 and affiliated under 2(f) and 12(b) of the UGC Act, 1956 this college offers both HS and UG Programmes in Arts, Science and Commerce. With over two thousand intake capacity and excellent backing of the on campus support services this provincialised college under the Government of Assam is the natural destination for the students from all the three districts of Barak Valley of Assam and the neighbouring states of Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. Located in the heart of the city of Silchar on around 6 acre of land area Cachar College has sixteen departments, 69 faculty members drawn from the best pool of the country and over 30 non-teaching support staff always ready to facilitate the academics.
Brief History Of The College:
Cachar College has a chequered past. In the early sixties of the last century, the then prevailing historical realities called for expansion of the scope of higher education in the Valley. At that juncture some leading citizens and academicians of Silchar mooted the idea of opening a college in the town. Accordingly, the idea was given a final shape in a meeting held on 25 April 1960 in the Sramik Kalyan Office. The process culminated in the birth of Cachar College on 20 June, 1960.
The next year the College obtained Pre-university level permanent affiliation for Arts and Commerce from Gauhati University. The same year the College, initially located in Narsing High School premises, was shifted to its present site. And close to that the construction of the College building got underway with joint grants from the Union Relief & Rehabilitation Ministry and the Govt. of Assam.
In 1966 Assam Govt. brought the College under the system of Deficit Grants-in- Aid. In 1981-82 academic session, the Science wing of the College was opened. And the wing received Govt. approval for Grants-in-Aid in 1990.
Consequent on the inception of Assam University in 1994 and as per the new official arrangements, the Degree programmes of the college, hitherto affiliated to Gauhati University, came to be affiliated to the former.
Cachar College is a co-educational institution established in 1960 at Silchar, India. It offers Intermediate (10+2 level) and First Degree Level (10+2+3 level) courses in Arts, Commerce and Science. The college is recognized by the UGC under Sections 2(f) and 12 (B) and is affiliated to Assam University, Silchar.
The college has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with A+ status.
The college’s mission is “to keep its promises to the students and to learn from its past experiences”
Message from the Principal:
Prof. Siddhartha Sankar Nath
M.Sc. (Gold Medalist), NET,
M.Tech. (Microelectronics & VLSI),
PG Diploma (Instrumentation),
|Cachar College is a premier institution of higher education in south Assam. With eighteen departments spread over the three academic steams of Arts, Commerce and Science and around three thousand students on roll, the College has an imposing presence in charting the trajectory of higher learning in Barak Valley. The College since its inception in 1960 has already carved a niche for itself in this region as it has been serving the needs of the underprivileged and weaker sections of the society. With the passage of time the agenda for higher education in India have undergone revisions and amendments. Cachar College has nurtured a spirit of moving ahead and keeping abreast with the changing paradigm accordingly. In a globalized world the role of research in an academic institute is important for its growth and sustainability. The college therefore facilitates and endeavours to create a congenial environment of research among the faculty members through Research Cell of the college.|
Cachar College in its own modest way is constantly on the job to create access of higher education to the maximum number of students on the one hand, and on the other, the College is trying to excel in terms of globally defined parameters of excellence. To meet the challenge in the higher education sector we are striving to keep a right balance between quantity and quality. Keeping in mind the strength of the students, we always keep on trying to enhance the quality of the students by molding modern innovative teaching-learning techniques.In the light of current policies of the Government of Assam, Cachar College is giving utmost efforts to enhance its brand value in the realm of higher education. ‘Reboot Cachar College’ is the tag line for the institution. In its journey towards a balanced mix of equity and efficiency support of the stakeholders is of critical importance. I urge upon the students, teachers, non-teaching staff, guardians and civil society to extend their cooperation towards this prestigious public institution of higher learning.
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
(Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost)
In the early 1960s, the need for an additional institute of higher education was felt in Silchar. As a result, Cachar College was established on 20 June 1960. The college got its affiliation for Arts and Commerce streams under Gauhati University during the 1961–62 academic session.
The college started in a temporary campus and shifted to the present permanent site in 1961. The Science stream of the college was initiated in 1981-82. After Assam University started functioning in 1994, undergraduate courses of the college became affiliated under Assam University, Silchar.
The Intermediate (10+2 level) courses of the college are affiliated under the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council.
Cachar College is located on the Trunk Road, Silchar. The college is about one km from the Silchar Railway Station, twenty km from Silchar Airport and less than 1 km from the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) Flag Station and other private bus terminuses. The college is well connected by road and water transport with nearby areas.
The main campus of the college is on a 5.3-acre (21,000 m2) plot and houses the academic and administrative wings along with the support services. The hostel is nearby.
Cachar College offers Intermediate and Undergraduate in Arts, Science and Commerce streams. In addition, the college offers self-financing career-oriented programs. As per government regulations, there is reservation of seats for Scheduled Cast, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Class and MOBC students. In addition, Tea Association of India (TAI) and Surma Valley Branch of Indian Tea Association (SVBITA) enjoy reservation under the donor quota.
The college offers two-year Higher Secondary courses in Arts, Science and Commerce streams, the academic aspects of which are governed by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC). The course is split into two years with two year-end examinations with the examinations conducted by the AHSEC. The college operates in two shifts — day and afternoon — with the combined intake capacity being 300 for Arts, 240 for Commerce and 120 for Science streams respectively.
Cachar College offers three-year degree courses (TDC) under the affiliation of Assam University, Silchar in Arts, Commerce and Science streams, leading to B.A., B.Com and B.Sc degrees. Student intake capacity of the college for Arts is 150 for day shift and 150 for afternoon shift. For Science and Commerce, the intake capacity is 120 for day shift only. The Honours course is available for day shift students only.
The college, with the help of University Grants Commission, has introduced career-oriented programmes, which can be pursued along with other regular courses like B.A, B.Com, B.Sc, etc. On successful completion of such a course, a student obtains a certificate/diploma awarded jointly by Cachar College and Assam University. The college offers a one-year certificate course, two-year diploma course and three-year advance diploma course in Business Insurance, Computer Application (data care only) and Office Management & Secretarial Practice.
Cachar College has an Aid and Award Committee, which looks after the provision of aids to the needy students and awards for the meritorious ones. Soumyajit Guha Merit Award in Bengali and Economics go to the best performers from the college in Bengali and Economics Honours.
The college has a central library with borrowing, reading and reference sections. There are smaller departmental libraries.
The college has a hostel for girls.
The Students’ Union runs a book bank with support from the Central Library.
Central Computer Centre
The Central Computer Centre, which is attached to the Department of Commerce, serves the students from B.Com and B.Sc (Physics Honours) courses having practical papers on computer applications. It is also used for training of the faculty.
The college has a cafeteria which remains open during the class hours as well as examination hours. Cachar College Employees’ Thrift and Amenities Cooperative Limited operates a temporary sale outlet during and after admission days from where the students have to buy their uniforms.
The college has Boys’ and Girls’ Common Rooms with indoor games and recreational facilities. Additionally, the Girls’ Common Room has good sitting arrangements with a cloak room and a female attendant for any service required.
The college has a health center with a trained nurse and emergency first aid facilities. It has an agreement with a private nursing home for round-the clock-medical services.
The college has a gymnasium in the Boys’ Common Room. The gymnasium is however out of service.