Tingkhong College, TINGKHONG

The name ‘Tingkhong’ is derived from two words: Ting, meaning ‘high’ and Khang meaning ‘region’, which together means ‘a highland area’. In his writings about Tingkhong, the prominent historian, Dr. S.K Bhuyan refers to the place also as ‘Tungkhang’. He also asserts that the location of the present-day Tingkhong Tea Estate is the same place where the Tungkhungia clan of the Ahom dynasty ruled.

Tingkhong College is located at a distance of 18Km from Naharkatiya Town or alternatively 37Km away from the town of Moranhat at Moran-Naharkatiya Road. The College was established on 1st September, 1972 and was included in 2(f) of the UGC Act in the year 2001. It is the first institution of Higher Education established in the 119 Tingkhong Legislative Assembly Constituency of Assam aiming at offering quality education to its students in fulfillment of all the specifications laid down by the University Grants Commission, Dibrugarh University (the affiliating university), the Government of Assam and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore (NAAC). The college currently has an arts stream with seven departments (Assamese, Economics, Education, English, History, Political Science and Sociology), and a science stream with five departments (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology and Botany). The college has successfully undergone two cycles of NAAC visit and evaluation and is preparing to welcome the third cycle of NAAC evaluation and peer team visit. The vision of Tingkhong College authority and stakeholders is to build up the college as a center of excellence in Higher Education and to equip and empower students with knowledge, skill, competence, and creativity to face the global challenges.

Tingkhong College took shape in its initial phases with the sheer determination and contributions of the responsible members of the local society as the urgent need for a higher education institution in the locality was felt by its conscious populace. The college had been running on the funds generated through admissions and other institutional fund-raising initiatives, public contribution and generous donations from philanthropists in those times. However, with the status of “Deficit Grant-in-Aid” being received by the college later on, the need for regular and secure financial assistance from the government was met. Tingkhong College was recognized by the University Grants Commission and included in 2(f) of the UGC Act in the year 2001 which proved to be a huge step in its development. Subsequently, the college further benefitted from the historic decision of the Government of Assam to provincialize all deficit grant-in-aid colleges with effect from 1st December, 2005. Now the college enjoys the status of “Provincialized College”.

The College grew from strength to strength on the merit of its students, the dedication of its teachers and the visions of the different Principals serving office through different phases of its history. An institution which began its academic endeavour with just a handful of teachers and students now offers education to roughly 1600 students yearly with the help of 31 sanctioned teaching faculties and many non-sanctioned teachers to fulfill the shortage of faculties in certain departments. The college also has a Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University Study Centre at the College premises which offers a wide range of choices to students for both B.A and M.A degrees. With its present capabilities the college looks forward to achieve greater heights par excellence by empowering students of the area by providing a solid educational foundation.