Assam College Principals’ Council : Some Glimpses of The Past
Assam College Principals’Council (ACPC) was born in 1964. The initiative came from Pandit Giridhar Sarma of Arya Vidyapith College, Paragdhar Chaliha of Sibsagar College, Bipin Pal Das of Darrang College, Dr. Bhagawan Chandra Lahkar of Gauhati Commerece College, Jatin Chandra Nath of JN College, Boko and others. After a series of discussions, they had decided to form the ACPC to have separate treatment to certain administrative, financial and academic matters with which the College teachers and employees were not directly involved. The first conference was held at Arya Vidyapith College in the year 1964. The first President of the ACPC was Paragdhar Chaliha, first General Secretary Giridhar Sarma and Dr. Bhagawan Chandra Lahkar was Joint Secretary.
The founding fathers wanted the council to be the Apex Body of the Principals of the Aided Colleges of Assam to deal unitedly and effectively with the financial, administrative and academic problems besetting the colleges. Since its inception, the ACPC with a few dozens of its members was quite successful to raise the issues concerning Higher Education at Different platforms of the University and the Govt.
ACPC Constitution :
A constitution of the ACPC was drafted and adopted with the aims and objectives to –
i) Strive and contribute towards all round development of higher education in particular and secondary and primary education in general in the state.
ii) Promote Socio-Cultural and human welfare in the state in particular and the country as a whole in general.
iii) Generate mutual goodwill and understanding among different academic bodies striving for the state.
iv) Co-ordinate and co-operate in all matters relating to education.
v) Foster national integration and values of life.
vi) Work for evolving academically sound and administratively similar pattern of disciplines in all the Colleges of the state.
vii) Safeguard and improve the status and condition of the Principals.
viii) Strive for reducing the undue interference into the working and control over the Principals and eliminate the embarrassing financial hardship faced by the Colleges and
ix) To take any other activities as may be considered necessary for the furtherance of the aforesaid activities.
Later on, the constitution was redrafted with the inclusions of more aspects like Emblem, Flag etc. including disciplinary action and was adopted in 2007 at Jagiroad College Conference. The ACPC Head Office is located at B.Barooah College with the permission of the Principal, B.Barooah College vide letter No. BBC/2383/2007 dt. 3-8-07. The ACPC has been registered under the Societies Registration Act (Memo No. RFS (S) 1051/2008/6178 dt. 26/8/08.