Zomi Theological College
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2010)|
C Strait started a Bible school in Hakha in 1928. During the World War II, the school was closed. To meet the need of the growing churches in the Chin Hills, Bible Schools were opened again in Hakha by the Johnsons, 1948, and in Tedim by the Nelsons, 1947. The said missionaries went home on furlough in 1952.
A Bible School was started again in Tedim in 1953; S T Hau Go was the principal there. Though it was not yet official, S T Hau Go gave the name Zomi Baptist Convention Bible School. The school needed to be moved to Hakha in 1954; R G Johnson was the principal there. The first graduation service was held there in 1956. Johnson printed the name Chin Hills Bible School on the first graduation certificate. The Zomi Baptist Convention Executive Committee officially gave the name Zomi Baptist Bible School in December 1956. The Schools both in Tedim and in Hakha were conducted on middle school level.
Baptist Mission Secretary, E E Sowards, was much concerned for the upgrading of the school into a high school level. And the school was moved from Hakha to Falam, the District Headquarters, in 1959.
Principal David Van Bik proposed to change the name to Zomi Baptist Theological School, and it was adopted, 1960. The school was renamed Zomi Baptist Theological Seminary as proposed by Principal Simon Pau Khan En, in 1974. The year saw offering of the Diploma Course. The present name Zomi Theological College as proposed by principal Chum Awi was adopted in 1983. The year started the B Th degree program. The college was affiliated to the Burma now Myanmar Institute of Theology, Insein, from 1983-1991. Thus the B Th degree was conferred by the BIT for three times: 1988, 1990, 1991.
The college was accepted as a member institute of the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia, ATESEA, in 1982. Every four year visit of the ATESEA Accreditation Commission has made good report upon our degree programs and even our projects. The ZTC BTh was accredited by the ATESEA in 1991.
Since opened, the ZTC has produced Christian ministers and community leaders for 851 in number: certificate and diploma 243; B Th 445; BRE 100; B Min 26; MDiv 34. The CCIT have had a B Th joint-program with four sister schools: Chin Christian College in Hakha, Tedim Theological College, Tedim, and Bethel Theological Seminary, Tahan, Union Theological Seminary, UTC, Matupi. Those ones were already accredited by the ATESEA in 2000, 2004.
At present, CCIT offers the following programs of study:
- Master of Divinity (a three-year master program)
- Bachelor of Theology (a four-year bachelor program)
- Bachelor of Ministry (a two-year bachelor program)
- Bachelor in Religious Education (a two-year bachelor program)
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