* Sootea, Biswanath, Assam, India, PIN- 784175
* Affiliated to the Gauhati University,Assam
* Recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC)
* Accredited by NAAC with Grade 'B' (1st Cycle)

Institutional Distinctiveness


The vision of the institution is to emerge as one of the leading rural colleges of Assam that provides holistic education to transform the students most of who hail from the villages of greater Sootea area into capable future innovators and leaders. This is in line with its mission to prepare the rural students of the institution with necessary skills required to acclimatize to the emerging technology-driven society so that the world of opportunities in terms of career and service may be accessible to them. The vision and mission has been adapted to keep up with the changing times. Since its establishment in 1982 the institution has relentlessly worked to provide the best possible quality education to its students while struggling with financial and infrastructural deficiencies itself. It is one of the noble qualities of the institution that the shortcomings, deficiencies and difficulties are never allowed to hamper the education of the students.

Providing holistic education to the economically weaker students of rural Sootea is the primary distinctiveness of the institution. Being the sole institute of higher education in Sootea the institution believes that it has to cater to the wants and needs of its local population first before going out to compete with other HEIs of the state. The institute is therefore distinctive with its prioritizing of the education of rural population of Sootea most of whose livelihoods are frequently affected by natural calamities like flood, man-animal conflicts, poverty, child-labour etc.

The performance of the institution can be assessed from the multifarious ways in which its efforts are recognized and highlighted in its endeavours to continually strive for improvement. The institution received its due recognition from the University Grants Commission under Section 2(F) of the UGC Act 1956 on 10th of November 2022. Since 2013 the institution has been participating in the All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE), with ARIIA in 2022 and NIRF in 2023.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the ICT Academy of Chennai, Biswanath College of Biswanath Chariali, THB College of Jamugurihat, Chaiduar College of Gohpur, Shatabdi Tea Industry of Biswanath and I-Net Computer institute of Sootea for the promotion of collaborative exchange programmes to benefit the students. The college has Arts stream with 18 programmes in the Under Graduate level with honours course in 7 subjects and 1 certificate course. The alumni of the institution have shone in the regional as well as national level with their performances bringing laurel and glory. Progressing to higher education, students of the institution have cleared UGC-NET, TET conducted by the state and various other examinations while others have been placed in various academic and administrative posts of the central and state governments.

The student population of the college is multicultural and multilingual in nature and the five language and literature departments of Assamese, English, Sanskrit, Bodo and Nepali effectively addresses their needs. Of these five, the three departments of Assamese, English and Sanskrit offer Honours programmes in addition to its regular programmes. The Department of Sanskrit celebrates Sanskrit Divas every year and the college celebrates the Saraswati Puja every year which is attended by all students irrespective of community or religion.

It is a matter of great pride for the institution to be able to enroll more students in the Reserved Category than the desired limit by the government which is yet another step forward in empowering the students from the backward classes as can be seen from the following data-

Year SC Applications ST Applications OBC Applications Admitted Total Students Percentage (%)
2017-18 16 45 91 152 285 53.33
2018-19 23 57 171 251 368 68.20
2019-20 33 44 179 256 363 70.52
2020-21 15 79 107 201 368 54.61
2021-22 16 73 135 224 376 59.57

The surplus students of the Reserved Category were admitted by adjusting them in the General Category so that no one is deprived of their right to education. Every year more than 50% of the applications for admission are received from students of backward classes which is expected considering the fact that the institution is surrounded by tea-gardens in its north and eastern side, flood-affected areas in its southern side and economically backward villages in its western side. This speaks volumes of the institution’s fostering of inclusiveness in a multicultural and multilingual milieu.

Gender equality in student enrollment is reflected in the gradually increasing percentage of girl students admitted since 2017-

Year Total Students Male Female Percentage (%)
2017-18 773 388 385 49.80
2018-19 801 409 392 48.93
2019-20 790 392 398 50.37
2020-21 851 404 447 52.52
2021-22 819 393 426 52.01
2022-23 705 323 382 54.18

The institution is well aware of its position and responsibility towards the development of the region in which it is situated. Time and again the institution has reached out to the neighboring educational institutions and local bodies offering its service and support. Teachers of the institution conducts classes in various schools of the area which has created a harmonious environment of teaching-learning in the entire region.

Preservation and promotion of the cultural traditions of the people of the surrounding areas is one of the distinctive qualities of the institution which nourishes the multicultural and multilingual set-up of the students as well as general population of the region. In every cultural function, priority is given to the traditional folk songs and dance performances belonging to the communities of Bodo, Nepali, Karbi, Miching, and Tea-tribes. Bihu songs, Jikir songs, borgeet, lokageet etc. form an integral part of every cultural event accompanied by the performance of traditional musical instruments such as khol, taal, dhol, mridong, pepa, madol, baanhi, kham, nagara and gagana which creates an ethereal atmosphere of harmonious co-existence of diverse communities within a common platform provided by the institution.

The institution always extends its helping hand to the community and the surrounding areas at large through its extension activities thereby solidifying its position as the guardian which thinks and acts for the betterment of everyone else before its own.