North Guwahati happens to be a very ancient and historical place in Assam. It is situated on the northern bank of the river Brahmaputra. It used to be the capital city of ancient Kamrup. The landmark historical battle of Saraighat, fought between the Ahoms and the Mughals, took place near this place. This place has always been blessed by pristine natural beauty, and the mighty river Brahmaputra has always been its lifeline.Apart from its rich historical past, the place also boasts of being the birthplace of many renowned scholars, including Anundoram Barooah, Karmavir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi, Bolinarayan Borah, Col. Shivram Borah, and many more.
North Gauhati College came into being on September 4, 1962. It was the only institution of higher education in the entire North Kamrup (old Kamrup) District during that period. It used to cater to the needs of a vast number of students in the field of higher education in this vastly populated area. The college has come a long way since then. It is now an institution with more than 2000 students. Its reach and bound have spread to newer areas, and presently, a good number of students from places like Guwahati, Rangia, Baihata, and Bezera come to study at our college. The college is very well connected by roadways (buses, trekkers, etc.) as well as riverways (ferry service). The construction of a ropeway and a bridge connecting North Guwahati and Guwahati, proposed by the government, will definitely add new dimensions to the college.
The college is affiliated with Gauhati University and has full-fledged streams of arts and sciences. Apart from that, we have also been running a B. Voc course under UGC and programs under IGNOU and KKHSOU. The college also offers two skill development programs under SSRDP, Govt. of Assam. Last academic year, we started the UGCBCS as per UGC guidelines to enable the student to study what he or she prefers in his or her own sequence as per his or her interest, with the aim of redefining the curriculum to keep pace with the liberalization and globalization of education. Our students have been performing very well in the university examinations continuously. Apart from academics, many students have brought laurels to the college by participating in various games, sports, and socio-cultural activities. The COVID-19 lockdown has extremely impacted the lives of the students this year, and we have tried to reach out to our students by conducting online classes so that they do not miss out on academics. We have done an assortment of activities virtually (webinars, Environment Day celebrations, quizzes, etc.) during this lockdown period, receiving phenomenal responses from teachers and students.
The college has already completed and celebrated its golden jubilee in 2012. We have been untiringly trying to upgrade our infrastructure and other teaching and learning resources with the help of all concerned organizations. Our aim is to make our college count among the top 10 colleges in the state across all frontiers within a period of ten years.
Dr. Dilip Das