St. Edmund's College, Shillong

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St. Edmund's College, Shillong
The entrance to the college
St Edmund's College Shillong Logo.jpg
Motto Facta non verba
(Latin: 'Deeds, not words')
Established 1924
Type Independent, co-educational secondary college
Affiliations Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers
Principal Professor Sylvanus Lamare
Founder Irish Christian Brothers
Location Shillong, Meghalaya, India
School song SEC Anthem
Nickname Steds

St. Edmund's College, often known as SEC, is the oldest college in Shillong, Meghalaya, India. It is an educational institute of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. It was established in 1924 and celebrated its Platinum Jubilee in 1999. The college is one of the premier institutions of North-East India and Meghalaya in particular. It has maintained its excellence by regularly introducing new courses, updating its infrastructure, achieving the highest academic records and maintaining discipline of the students. St.Edmund's College has several eminent successful personalities who have carved a name in the field of politics, academics, medicine, engineering, bureaucracy, judiciary.

Campus and buildings[edit]

A map of SEC campus

Located in Laitumkhrah, Shillong, St. Edmund's College has a green, sprawling campus with many buildings and sports facilities. The main gate is on the south-east side of the campus, located on National Highway 40. The next important landmark is Assam Auto Agency (Petrol Pump). The vast campus of SEC stretches upto near Laitumkhrah Bazar in the north-eastern side, traverses towards the north-west upto near the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians. In between, the northern perimeter is dotted by important institutions and landmarks such as Bethany Society, NCC Office, Mary Rice School, Don Bosco Mini Stadium, etc. The south-western perimeter stretches up to Assam House. The main campus of SEC is shared by St. Edmund's School. The school occupies the south-west section of the campus and has two football fields, a cricket ground, basketball courts, volleyball court, squash court, Chapel and Grotto, living quarters for the Christian Brothers, etc.

All the College buildings of SEC were originally stilt house structures. All the original buildings, except the principal's office and the Counselling Hall (formerly the library), have been torn down and concrete buildings constructed in their places. The main college buildings of SEC consist of a massive 4-block, 3-storied building that houses all the class room and the laboratories, auditorium, AV room and computer room. In front of the main college building is the library building. This building also houses the college canteen and staff room. Next to that is the principal's office, including the office. The Boys' Common Room is also in the same building. To the north of the principal's office is the cafeteria, with a sprawling lawn and stands. To the west is the Higher Secondary School building with the library room. Photocopying facility is also available near the library and also with public telephone booth. The Counselling Hall is located to the west of the principal's office. The Girls' Common Room is attached to this building. The Scholasticate building is behind the library building.

The college campus is interspersed with beautiful flower beds and green lawns, all well-maintained by an army of gardeners. The football ground is located on the northern part of the campus. It serves dually as a cricket ground, and also has a basketball court and volleyball court at the side. It now also has a changing room facility, with bath rooms and a steady supply of running water.

Academic facilities[edit]


The Laboratories are well-equipped with all the modern amenities and calibrated instruments. The Computer Lab, besides holding routine class works also doubles up as the IT Hub of the college taking care of the networking (and maintenance) of different parts of the college.

Placement Cell[edit]

The idea of a counseling cell was conceived by the principal Bro E. V. Miranda in 2002, and informally the work was carried out by Mr. G. Deb from Commerce Department. The activities of career related information relating to fields like Chartered Accountants (CA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICWA), Company Secretary (CS) etc were carried out. Collected information from various sources like Employment News, other news papers and journals, were shared with the students. The cell used to coordinate placement related activities conducted by organizations that used to voluntarily visit the campus for recruitment purpose.

In the year 2004 when Bro. L.D. Lobo was the principal, the college started formally a full fledged counseling and placement cell with the assistance of Mr. G. Deb (lecturer in the Commerce Dept.) and Mr. Binayak Dutta (ex-lecturer in the history department ). Since then, the placement cell has had its own office. In the year 2006, Mr. Hiten Choudhury (lecturer of Computer Science department) joined the cell. Currently the Cell is coordinated by these two members of the staff along with a professional counselor, Ms. Joy Gonsalves, who joined in the year 2009.

Biotechnology Centre[edit]

Bioinformatics centre at Department of Biotechnology, St. Edmund’s College, Shillong was sanctioned in the year 2008 and came into existence in the year 2009 under the BTIS NET programme of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. Since its inception the centre is engaged in bioinformatics research and also initiating various training programmes catering to the needs of the undergraduate students in life science and also the faculty members. Beside these the centre is also engaged in hightroughput biotechnology research with a young dedicated faculty and has substantially contributed to the basic science streams pertaining to the needs of students.[1]


The library of SEC is known to have one of the widest collection of books in Shillong. The library of SEC is situated at the ground floor in the new building of the college campus. It has a large reading space for both students and teachers. The library has a collection well over 27,495 books, including 837 reference books and as of June 2014, it has a collection of over 40,000 books. The library subscribes to 42 journals of different subjects and has a total collection of 28 different magazine titles. On an average 70 students visit the library and 50 books were issued daily. The faculty may borrow 20 books and students can avail 4 books at a time. The book borrowed has to be returned within 14 days of acquiring it. A fine of Rs 2 is charged for books returned after the due date. Apart from the Central Library, each department has its own departmental library in the respective departmental rooms with a reasonable collection of books, mainly for referencing by staff and students of the department. The library is available for use from Monday to Saturday and opens at 8 am and closes at 5 pm. The library of SEC is also a member of the American libraries Kolkata and can loan up to 20 books for eight weeks. Any member can log on to the website and browse their collection and request for the required books on of social sciences, American literature, management , environment and information technology. Apart from providing book services the library also includes

  • Internet service- The library provides internet and audio visual section where students can use for their assignments and projects. Students are charged ₹10 per hour for the use of the computer.
  • Clippings: News clipping only of The Economic Times newspaper has been provided so that it helps students be aware of the latest developments in the subject. The economics department has prepared the clippings from 2006 onwards.
  • Reprography: This service is provided inside the library, it has saved time and made it convenient for the users.


St. Edmund's College maintains two hostels, the Brother O' Leary Residence (also known as the B.T. Hostel) and the Bro. J. N. Foley Students' Residence (formerly known as the New Hostel) for about 100 boys. The Bro. O'Leary Residence was founded in 1937 by Rev. Bro. J. I. O'Leary of the Congregation of Irish Christian Brothers as a post-graduate residence for students attending Bachelor of Training (B.T.) courses in the St. Edmund's College. After about 14 years to support the changed need of the students, there was qualitative change of the hostel. It was converted into an undergraduate residence for the students of St. Edmund's College in 1951.

Since the day of foundation the academic environment of the hostel was nurtured and strengthened by the hostel superintendents, especially Dr. B Dutta Ray, who was the Hostel superintendent for most of the years since the hostel was opened to undergraduate students.

The Bro. J. N. Foley Students' Residence was constructed in 1957 and the first batch of Hostel students was taken in 1958. It has accommodation for about 50 boarders. The hostel provides a conducive environment for studies. In 1998, the Hostel was dedicated, as a mark of respect and in fond memory of Bro. J. N Foley a former principal of the College, during whose tenure the hostel was opened. The hostel superintendent has been supported in their care for the students by the respective Principals: Rev. Brothers E. X. Leonard, J. N. Foley, R. B. Vieyra, M. G. Shannon, and W. D' Souza, A. F. Pinto, E. V. Miranda and L. D. Lobo.


The College has a multi-purpose auditorium with a seating capacity of approximately 1000 people. It is equipped with all the basic features of a modern auditorium, such as good sound system, large stage, proper lightings, etc.

Audio/Visual Room[edit]

SEC has a 100-seat Audio-Visual room complete with all facilities such as LCD projector, computers, P.A. System and Overhead Projector (OHP). Seminars and workshops etc. are carried out in this room. It is also used as a class room whenever AV aids are required for teaching. Besides the main AV room, most of the departments have their own LCD projector (with computer) and OHP's to aid in their teaching.


The cafeteria area

The College has two canteen and a cafeteria with option of Indian cuisine, Chiinese cuisine and fast food and drinks.


The preparation for the gym site and facility began in the year 2009. The old library (above the students and staff canteen) was selected as the place where the new gym would come up, primarily because of its size (approx 3000 sq. ft. area) and its location. The entire area has wall-to-wall carpeting and big-sized mirrors are fixed on the walls to give an even more spacious look. An order for a 21-station multi-gym was placed with Tara Bodybuilding Equipment Manufacturers in Jalandhar, which finally arrived in the month of April 2010. To complement the 21-station multi-gym, a number of plates and dumbbells of varying sizes and weights, along with bars, stands, racks and benches were procured from Guwahati. The gym was formally inaugurated in the month of June 2010. The gym is open only in the afternoons and the facility is open to all students, both boys and girls. A qualified gym Instructor and a Helper have been appointed to coach the students. Currently, more than a hundred students have enrolled themselves in the gym, along with a few teachers.

Academic profile[edit]

The college offers under graduate courses in B.A., B. Com., B.Sc., BCA and B.SW degrees. The college has 19 teaching Departments covering in the fields of Arts, Science and Commerce and two other training programmes. The faculty or arts has 10 departments: Bengali, English, Economics, Geography, Hindi, History, Khasi, Nepali, Political Science and Sociology. The department of Science consists of Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology and the faculty of Commerce, a fully self-financing faculty, has just one departmental unit of Commerce. Besides the subjects mentioned above Alternative English and Environmental Studies are compulsory subjects taken up in the second and third year. Students taking English as honours need not take English in the general course. The College also runs two self-financing Certificate and Diploma courses. The faculties have academic and administrative linkage with the administration through the office of three Deans, an unusual feature for undergraduate colleges.

The College carries on teaching in two shifts, morning and day. Each classes are 45 minutes long. Classes for the morning shifts begins at 7:00 am (sometimes 7:45 am) and ends at 11:45 am, while the day shifts begins at 9.30 am and ends at 1:45 pm (the commerce and science stream ends later than this sometime). There is a 15 minute lunch break between 9:15 am – 9:30 am for the morning shifts and 11:45 am - 12:00 noon for the day shifts. (However, students having an "off period" where that student did not take up that particular subject can roam freely about and can get 45 minutes of leisure time). The routine is tight and assiduously followed, with no class remaining unattended by a teacher. The college has a high percentage requirement of student's attendance (80% required by the institution and 75% required by the NEHU) and students missing it are not sent for any University examination.


Principal From To
Bro. J.E.Mc Cann 1923 1929
Bro. M.B. Power 1929 1931
Bro. J.C. Roe 1931 1936
Bro. J.I. O'Leary 1936 1952
Bro. E.X. Leonard 1952 1958
Bro. J.N. Foley 1958 1962
Bro. R.E. Vierya 1962 1977
Bro. M.G. Shannon 1977 1988
Bro. W.A. D'Souza 1988 1990
Bro. A.F. Pinto 1990 1996
Bro. E.V. Miranda 1996 2002
Bro. L.D. Lobo 2002 2006
Bro. E.V. Miranda 2006 2011
Dr. Sylvanus Lamare 2011

Alumni and Achievements[edit]

Academically, SEC has a long-standing good record. Its students have consistently figured in the Toppers' Lists of both MBOSE and NEHU year after year. The overall pass percentage is also excellent. National Assessment and Accreditation Council - NAAC has awarded the college the highest points ever awarded (87.5) to colleges in Eastern India, till date.

An alumnus of St. Edmund's College, Shillong (and it's school) is also called an Edmundian.

Notable Alumni
  • James Michael Lyngdoh - IAS, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India
  • B.C. Thaosen - IAS, Former Chairman & MD of National Textile Corporation(APKK&M)
  • Mansur Ahmad - President of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (2013), faculty member at the University of Minnesota.


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Coordinates: 25°34′04″N 91°53′48″E / 25.5677°N 91.8968°E / 25.5677; 91.8968