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Oldest College of Nagaland Fending for Itself

  by NEWSNER , 2021-05-07 12:28:24

Oldest College of Nagaland Fending for Itself

Fazl Ali College (FAC), Mokokchung, the oldest college in Nagaland, has been for the foremost part left to develop its infrastructure through internal funding. This was revealed by college authorities to a team of journalists from the Mokokchung Press Club who visited the school on May 6 as a part of the club’s annual social concern initiative.


It was informed that the majority of the continued developmental activities within the college were internally funded without assistance from the govt. Augmentation and renovation of existing facilities also as new infrastructure development were found to possess been undertaken rapidly, the funds that were raised internally.


FAC, established in 1959, was the primary government college within the state to be accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2009. the school was again assessed and accredited with Grade B by NAAC in 2015. The third peer visit to the school by NAAC was alleged to are in 2020 but was placed on hold thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. the school is noticeably gearing up for subsequent NAAC peer visits as are often seen from the continued developmental works.


All of the continued developmental works, including people who are completed, were funded through funds raised by way of contributions by faculty members, ministerial stall, Mokokchung village council, Alempang Baptist Church, LADP, Sungkomen Baptist Church, Chuchuyimpang land donors’ association, also as two individual donors–Jemtimenba Mollier and Lipokmeren Jamir.


The Chuchuyimpang Village Council is additionally constructing an Ao Naga morung within the college premises while repainting the schoolyard was sponsored by FAC Campus Union. Meanwhile, students of the school, hostel boarders, and well-wishers are doing their bit for the event of the school. The school authority conveyed that the active participation of the alumni and fogeys of scholars were highly solicited for the event of the school.


Apart from infrastructure development, the school has also been undertaking other works like formalizing of FAC 2040 vision document, digitization of education, installing 10 kW solar energy to sustainably migrate towards a green campus, an e-library with vernacular language section, a translation center, museum, smart classrooms, etc.


Besides, the school is additionally within the process of communicating with the National Testing Agency and TATA Consultancy Service which, if successful, would open opportunities for college kids of the region to see online exams for JEE, NEET-UG, CMAT, CPAT, and UGC-NET. the school has also written to the government to allow the school to possess an IGNOU study center.


Meanwhile, the soon-to-be-introduced Choice Based system (CBCS), a replacement syllabus as mandated by UGC, would require more classrooms for the school. As per the preliminary assessment, the school would require a minimum of 42 classrooms and 6 more labs to conduct regular classes conveniently as and when CBCS is fully implemented. As of now, there are only 22 classrooms.


During the journalists’ visit, it had been discovered that the road resulting in the school campus from NH-02 was during a debilitating condition.


It was observed that a building construction funded by Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) worth Rs 1 Crore, which is being implemented by the engineering wing of the upper Department of Education remains incomplete and abandoned. the school authority expressed apprehension that delay in construction of the building, which may be a time-bound project, was likely to draw in negative repercussion from the funding agency thereby blocking future financial assistance.


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