ST. ANTHONY'S COLLEGE 
A Don Bosco Institution 

"We, the Salesians of Don Bosco, are an International Organization of men dedicated full time to the service of young people, especially those who are poorer and disadvantaged. Wherever we work, 'Youth Resource Development' through education is the focus of all our concern - because we believe that our total dedication to the young is our best gift to humanity". Founded by St. John Bosco, an Italian saint-educator of the nineteenth century, we are in 128 different nations. In India, we are presently working in all the states and union territories. Our works include State University, Engineering Colleges, Professional Degree Colleges, Academic Schools, Technical Centres, Pastoral Institutions, Reach out institutes, etc. The official website of our international community will give you a glimpse into what we do, how we do it and why we believe that what we do is worth living and dying for. For us Journeying with the young is a part of the adventure of our Education.

Our Patron: St. John Bosco (1815-1888)

Saint John Bosco, Popularly known as Don Bosco (Italian for Father Bosco), was born at Becchi, in Piedmont, Italy on August 16, 1815. From a very young age he had decided that he had been called to work for the poor boys of that era when Europe was under the grip of the Industrial Revolution. After being ordained Priest of the Catholic Church in 1841, Don Bosco came to the rescue of these poor boys with his novel method of educating youth through total dedication and personal involvement in their lives and problems.

To ensure that his total dedication to their cause shone through his actions, he based his education on the three great principles of Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness, loving those to whom he dedicated his life, as a caring father, and doing everything possible for their welfare. Don Bosco visualized a system of education in which one's community, vocational guidance, training and job placement played a vital role.

The system of education that emerged from these principles of Don Bosco is popularly known as the Preventive System, and is the system that is practiced in St. Anthony's College. It is a system that inspires love, confidence in the students and make the educator a friend guide and a mentor. The system aims to create a generation of young men and women steeped not only in sound knowledge-based education but also in a strong value-based education for life. And the motto of the college says it all: Excelsior: Ever More and Better Ever.


College Patron: St. Anthony's of Padua

The college is named after the great St. Anthony of Padua , O.F.M., (born Ferdinand Martins de Bulhoes; 15 August 1195 - 13 June 1231). He was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. Though he died in Padua, Italy, he was born to a wealthy family in Lisbon. Noted by his contemporaries for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of Scripture, he was declared a saint almost immediately after his death. He was Ordained as an Augustinian Monk. But later joined the Franciscans inspired by the martyrdom of the Franciscans at Morocco with the name Anthony. He could not leave for Morocco due to poor health but decided to go to Italy but on the way the ship was driven by storm to the coast of Sicily. And he began his work in Italy. He was made a saint on 30 May 1232 a year after his death. This popular and much loved miracle worker saint is the protector and name patron of the college.

VISION

 Providing holistic and quality education within the reach of all 

MISSION

 To mould intellectually competent, morally upright, socially committed and spiritually inspired persons capable of building a more human social order within the context of the nation's plurality of religions and diversity of cultures 

Guided by the religious and educational philosophy of St. John Bosco, and born of the vision of a Don Bosco Father, Fr. Joseph Bacchiarello, St. Anthony's College was founded in 1934 with the avowed mission of 'bringing college education within the reach of common man and woman'. Ever since, the College has been nurtured by the Salesians of Don Bosco to be in the vanguard of higher education in North-East India.

We emphasize life-oriented and value-based teaching and nurture a culture of solidarity. The educators and the educated join hands to mould intellectually competent, morally upright, socially committed and spiritually inspired persons capable of building a more human social order within the context of the nation's plurality of religions and diversity of cultures..

We aim to equip our students for life, making them not only job-seekers, but also job-creators. Hence, in keeping with the developments in educational strategies worldwide, we have pioneered courses in application-oriented subjects to answer to the needs of the community that we serve and to give our graduates a competitive edge in the employment market.

Teaching, for us here at the College, is a lifetime commitment, a passion, a vocation and a profession, rather than a job. Our Teachers are continually engaged in equipping themselves so as to stay abreast of the latest developments in their own fields.

Striving for excellence is our way of life. Our motto tells it all "Ever More Better Ever".

MANAGEMENT

St. Anthony's College, Shillong, is an educational institution of the Catholic Church, belonging to and managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco Educational Society, registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1890:No SR/SAC-227/91 of 1991. Guided by the religious and educational philosophy of St. John Bosco, the College founded in 1934, brings college education within the reach of the common man and woman. Ever since the college has been in the vanguard of higher educaiton in North-East India and has been recognised as one among the leading colleges in the country by the University Grants Commission.

PRINCIPAL LIST
  • 2012 - Present

      Br. Albert Longley Dkhar SDB

  • 2002 - 2012

      Fr. Ioannis Warpakma SDB

  • 1986 - 2002

      Fr. Stephen Mavely SDB

  • 1982 - 1986

      Fr. Paul Petta SDB

  • 1958 - 1982

      Fr. Joseph Arokiasamy SDB

  • 1952 - 1958

      Fr. D. J. Wollaston SDB

  • 1936 - 1952

      Fr. Igino Ricaldone SDB

  • 1934 - 1936

      Fr. Joseph Bacchiarello SDB

Our Pioneers

From 1934 to 2021 is a long glorious march and St. Anthony's is 87 years old!!! From its Fr. Joseph Baciarello humble beginning in a makeshift wooden structure near Don Bosco Square to its present enviable stature of imposing infrastructure and outstanding output, St. Anthony's College has come a long way telling the story of achievements, growth and consolidation. First ever Five Star accreditation by the NAAC in the North-eastern region, excellent service in reaching quality education to the door steps of the less privileged section of the society, pioneering student-friendly professional courses, ever increasing relevance in empowering the poor sections of the society, - all these have combined to keep SAC imposingly in focus.

Many are the sacrifices made by dedicated missionaries who steered its Fr. D.J. Wollaston course through difficult and frustrating times. Fond memory pays homage to these stalwarts of Don Bosco and does bring to light the earlier days around one.

Br. Albert Longley Dkhar, SDB (2012 - Present)

Br. Albert took over as the 8th Principal of the college in November, 2012. Ever since his day in office, the college has seen a new dynamism and creativity in its journey. Br. Albert comes to the college with a varied experience of academics and administration in many institutions of quality in many states of the North-East. The leadership under Br. Albert has not in any way gone lag. The college has planned a new academic block for the department of Fishery Science. The blessing and foundation laying ceremony was done by Rev. Fr. I. Warpakma sdb, the former principal of the college. The new building is named as "Fr. Joseph Arokiaswamy Memorial Block", remembering a stalwart in the journey of St. Anthony's College.

These index of present activities shows the definite direction which the College intends to take in the future. This resume is just to remind us and others what we are and what we do. We still have to look ahead - to more deeds to be done, aspirations to fulfill and pledges to redeem. We shall never stop being relevant to the educational needs of the region. Achievements will not make us complacent and snobbish. We are not in an ivory tower peddling in Erewhonian myths and Utopian dreams but we have our feet firmly placed on the bare earth of realities. With seventy years behind us we certainly have a place in history. But let not our long tradition be a tail that will pull us backward to mediocrity and elitism. We shall not be wrecked by success but we shall strive on, "Ever More and Better Ever", to newer horizons of intellectual excellence and social usefulness. Long live St. Anthony's College!!!

Fr. Ioannis Warpakma, SDB (2002-2012)

He inspired with his exemplary simplicity and led with personal discipline and hard work. Fr. Joseph Nellanat, who was in the College since 1987, as the Vice-Principal and Director of the Anthonian Computer Academy left for Don Bosco University Assam, as the Pro-Vice Chancellor. Fr. Joby Joseph sdb, took his place as the new vice-principal of the College. The College took the lead in opening the stream of performing arts and devised the course structure for Bachelor's Degree programme in Music (B Mus). This innovative project aimed at cultivating and nurturing the love of music which is intrinsic to the culture of the North Eastern Region is recognized by the North Eastern Hill University. The Computer Science Department, besides conducting its regular Diploma and Certificate Courses runs a special six months' teachers training programme. This is an on-going project for five years sponsored by the North Eastern Council. Highly commendable is the College research programme in Organic Chemistry which has produced works which are published in reputed Science journals both in the country and abroad. The Pisciculture department regularly conducts training programmes in fish-breeding and farming for the locals thereby empowering them for self-employment. Under Fr. Ioannis leadership, the college was the first one under the university to start Post Graduate courses at the college level. The college has two full time post-graduate courses: M. Sc. Biotechnology and Masters in Computer Applications. The college also have ventured into many internationally recognized IT certifications. These include OCA(Oracle Certified Associate), CCNA(Cisco Certified Associate), and RHCE( Red Hat Certified Engineer). It was during the regime of Fr. Ioannis that the college was Re-Accredited by NAAC with the highest grade of A (3.6/4 CGPA), making it the highest in the East and North-East of the country. The college also celebrated the Platinum Jubilee, marking the 75 years of education and service of St. Anthony's College. The Celebration marked a new beginning in the life of the college. Fr. Pascal Chavez Sdb, the Superior General of the Salesian Congregation was in the college for the celebration. A platinum gift to the college came in the form of the new hostel for the girls: Mamma Margaret Hall, named after the mother of Don Bosco is a home away from home, that can house 120 students. The hostel is funded by DONER ministry and UGC.

This was also the time that the college grew many ways in the areas of organizing workshops and conferences. The college has successfully conducted many National Conferences and workshops including two IEEE sponsored ones. The impact of St. Anthony's college was not limited to within India alone. The college signed MOU with International Institutes like College of Wooster, USA and University of Santiago, Chile. And exchange programmes with students of these universities are in the anvil.

Fr. Stephen Mavely (1986 - 2002)

He was to bring about further expansion and consolidation. Many projects and programmes were launched during his tenure. Graduate Honours programmes in Pisciculture, Mass Communication & Video Production, Business Administration, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Media Technologies and Computer Science were introduced and this revolutionized the role of the college in professional education. A number of employment oriented short term courses and training programmes were offered mainly by the Pisciculture and Computer Science Departments. The SDS (Student Development Services), another innovative project of the College, was set up in 1995. It was sponsored by All India Association for Christian Higher Education. The SDS Cell provides personal, educational and career guidance to the students and conducts regular MBA coaching programme and Workshops on Communication Skills Development. St. Anthony's College came to be looked upon as the leading example of daring innovations in the field of professional education. The Diamond Jubilee Annexe, the Anthonian Computer Academy and the complex housing the conference hall, Mass Media Department and the Language lab were constructed during this period and another floor was added to the main block of the College. Fr. Stephen further beautified the campus and sailed the College to its Diamond Jubilee in 1994, and to its Five Star Accreditation by the NAAC in 2000.

One remembers with fondness and pride the teachers who made their destinies the destiny of the college. A few names come to light - K L S Sadhu, J P Khanduri, P N Chaurasia, Peter Marbaniang, G G Swell, Martin Narayan Majaw, Alexander Warjri, Korbar Singh, S N Paul, A B Dutta, K R Mukherjee, S K Chakravorty, D P Chakravorty, G N Talukdar, Jobren Khongwir, S R Bhattacharya and many others. Their story is a story of brilliance, dedication and almost brutal loyalty to the college. Gloriously shining in the light of the college they made the college shine by their excellence. They gave their yester-years of quiet co-operative labour so we can take pride in being Anthonians today. While paying grateful tribute to them and while basking in the luminous halo which they helped to create around the college, let us be inspired by their glorious example.

Nostalgia fills the heart as it moves down the memory lane. But memories of the glorious past alone cannot keep us glorious in the present and take us forward to future relevance. SAC is a dream come true but not an academy for dreamers. We have our dreams but we are basically doers Ever More and Better Ever !!!

Fr. Paul Petta (1982 - 1986)

Fr. Paul Petta began the modernization process of the college and shifted it to its present premises where in 1984 - 1985 we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the College.

Fr. Joseph Arokiaswamy (1958 - 1981)

Fr. Joseph Arokiaswamy was at the helm for nearly 24 years during which the College was transformed into an elegant epic of excellence and himself into a legend of a man. Fr. N J Kenny, who was associated with the college from 1940, was looked upon as the constant symbol of St. Anthony's College. He was Professor of English, Warden of the College Hostel, Vice-Principal and a permanent inspiring presence in the precincts of the college until his death in 1995.

Fr. DJ Wollaston (1952 - 1958)

Fr. DJ Wollaston carried out further expansion and consolidation.

Fr. Iginus Ricaldone (1935 - 1952)

Fr. Iginus Ricaldone carried on with the new venture during the difficult times of the Second World War and began the process of expansion.

Fr. Joseph Bacchiarello (1934 - 1936)

Fr. Joseph Bacchiarello, the pioneering Principal who during the British Raj, rose to the compelling demand for higher education to the deprived indigenous locals and started the college in 1934.

Apart from University Grants Commission, the College has received due recognition from the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC), Foundation for Academic Excellence and Access (FAEA), and DOEACC Society

University Grants Commission (UGC)

The College has been selected as CPE (College with Potential for Excellence). Currently the college is in the third phase of the recognition.

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Approval

The Post Graduate course of Masters in Computer Applications (MCA) is technically approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and recognized by the central university of NEHU.

College Re-accredited with the top Grade of 'A' (3.6/4.0 CGPA)

The concern for ensuring quality in higher education let to the need for evaluation of performance of Universities and Colleges. Due to this concern, the initiative to set up a mechanism which will encourage self-assessmemt in institutions of higher learning and also assessment and accreditation by an external agency came from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) as an autonomous body by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in September 1994.

NAAC assesses an institution basing itself on the following seven core criteria:

Apart from these core criteria, NAAC has also identified other good practices which enhance the quality of an institution. They are the following: educational innovations, working with mission and goals, master plan for institutional growth, feedback from stakeholders for improvement of the institutional functions, innovations in management and communications, and quality enhancement strategies.

St. Anthony's College initiated the process of Accreditation and Assessment about two and a half years ago culminating in the visit of the NAAC peer team in September 2000 for an on-the-spot study of the College. The college was declared accredited in September itself with a five star status - the highest rating given by NAAC at that time.

In its report, among other things, NAAC wrote -

The factors that have brought the college to the forefront in Higher Education in the region are:

The teaching learning process is marked by regularity. Laboratories are well equipped and there are field labs where needed. Classroom and laboratory teaching is supplemented by field trips. Learning is a rich experience for the students of the college.

There is a research culture among the teachers of the College and many are actively involved in research. They have established linkages with a number of academic institutions, Government and Non-Government organizations, which have supported their research. The expertise of the College has benefited other organizations, though the College has not charged for the consultancy.

The College is able to offer a rich variety of facilities to its students. Enrichment courses, co-curricular activities, extension work in various areas, sports and cultural programs make college life in St. Anthony's a pleasant and memorable experience for its graduates. This is especially true for the boys and girls who get the opportunity of staying in the hostel. The Student Development Services Department offering Career guidance and personal counselling is a particularly supportive aspect of the college.

Through the years, it has developed and ensured optimal use of an excellent infrastructure. Various organizations have come forward to contribute funds with confidence about their proper utilization. Maintenance of infrastructure gets much attention and is regarded as everyone's job. The campus strikes the casual visitor with its neatness and beauty..."

College Re-accredited with the top Grade of 'A' (3.6/4.0 CGPA)
(The highest in the East & North East.)
As St. Anthony's College enters into the 75th year of her mission, we at the college are blessed with a platinum gift. St. Anthony's, the first ever University College of the Don Bosco Society worldwide, is re-accredited with the highest Grade of 'A', by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council), an autonomous institution established by the UGC. The CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) granted by NAAC to St. Anthony's sums up to 3.60 out of 4. This comes to 90%, making St. Anthony's the highest graded college of the entire East and North East and at par with other top colleges of India. The college was first accredited in 2000 by NAAC with Five Star status, the highest grade then. The reaccredidation result was declared after the executive committee meeting of NAAC, on 30th January, 2009.

The reaccredidation process involved long and dedicated preparations from every one associated with the Anthonian family. In the run up to the process, detailed self study report on the college along with report on each department were sent to NAAC. After having studied the reports the peer team consisting of three eminent academicians visited the college from 29th to the 31st of October 2009. During these days, the team interacted with every stake holder of the College. They also met the alumni members and the parents of some of our students. On the final day, at the exit meeting, the team presented their report to the Anthonians in a packed auditorium.

The evaluation procedure is done under the following criteria:

The present rating of NAAC has four grades of: A, B, C and D. Awarding the highest grade of 'A', is based on the CGPA between 3.01 to 4. Having secured 3.60 points out of 4, St. Anthony's is graded among the top Colleges of the country as an 'Institution with High Level of Academic Accomplishment' by NAAC.

At St. Anthony's, we feel grateful to God and to every member of the Anthonian family, past and present, for this singular achievement. It is indeed a step in the direction of our motto: Excelsior: Ever More, Better Ever.

Foundation for Academic Excellence and Access (FAEA)

In recognition of the excellence in performance, St. Anthony's College has been chosen by the Foundation for Academic Excellence and Access (FAEA), an organisation sponsored by the Ford Foundation, as one among a select few colleges in India for financial support for further improvement in academic excellence. The FAEA awards special scholarships to meritorious, deserving students. Click Here to know more about Foundation for Academic Excellence & Access(FAEA).