Profile of St. Anthony’s College
St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, is an educational institution belonging to and managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco. It is a government-aided, multi-disciplinary (Arts, Commerce, Business Administration, Performing Arts and Science), co-educational degree college affiliated to North Eastern Hill University. It was first accredited by NAAC in September 2000 with the highest grade of FIVE STARS. In 2008 the college was re-accreditaed with 'A' Grade (3.6/4 CGPA=90%) with the highest grade in the east and north East.
The College was also selected as a College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) by UGC.
The Salesians of Don Bosco, an International Society founded by St John Bosco (1815-1888) in Italy, has more than 17,000 members who are known as Salesians of Don Bosco. They are in present more than 125 countries, and specialize in education and social service institutions for youth. Founded in 1934, St Anthony’s College has the distinction being the first institution of higher learning established by the Salesians world-wide.
Guided by the religious and educational philosophy of St John Bosco, St. Anthony’s College was founded with the avowed mission of “bringing college education within reach of the common man and woman” and has been in the vanguard of higher education in Northeast India. True to its motto, “Ever More and Better Ever”, St. Anthony’s College has striven since its inception to turn the youth of Northeast India into leaders of the society -- politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, doctors, judges, lawyers, engineers, and so on. Today, on an average, about 500 students graduate each year from the college. In the little over 70 years of its existence, St Anthony’s College has provided education for about 35,000 young women and men. They are the Alumni of St Anthony’s College.
St Anthony’s College believes in life-oriented and value-based teaching, and nurtures a culture of solidarity. The College has the vision of moulding intellectually competent, morally upright, socially committed and spiritually inspired persons capable of building a more human social order within the context of the nation’s plurality of religions and diversity of cultures. The Alumni of St Anthony’s College bear testimony to this endeavour.
The Office bearers are as given below:
||Brig. William Sturgeon, YSM, SM (Rtd.)
||Mr. Khalid Khan
||Prof. Fedrick A Lamare
||Mr. Kiron Joshi
||Fr. Joby Joseph sdb
Art. 1: The Association
The St Anthony’s College, Shillong, Alumni Association (SACSAA) is made up of past students who have voluntarily organized themselves into an association attached to St Anthony’s College, Shillong.
Art. 2: Aims of the Association
- The general aims of the Association are:
- to keep in touch with and animate all former students so as to help them to preserve, develop and live the values of the Salesian education they received;
to uphold and promote the value and the rights of the human person and the family;
to work towards building up a social and political order based on justice, peace and harmony in keeping with Don Bosco's vision for the youth; and
maintaining a close contact with the Alma Mater, St. Anthony's College, by providing a 'feed-back' to it and collaborating in its growth and development.
- The Association aims at serving all former students, irrespective of whether they are registered or not. The Association will endeavour to keep alive the ties of fraternal friendship initiated by Don Bosco and continued through his Salesians.
Art 3: Enrolment and Membership
- To become a member of the Association, one should have passed from St Anthony’s College, having completed a course of minimum one year duration.
- He/she has to submit a written application for membership to the Association secretary, together with the membership subscription. If the Association committee finds the application in order, the applicant is enrolled.
- There are two types of membership - annual and life. Life members shall receive a Life Membership Card.
- There could be sub-units of the St Anthony’s College, Shillong Alumni Association in other parts of the world, with due approval of the parent body.
Art 4: Rights of Members
Registered members have the right to:
- Vote during meetings and elections of the Association.
- To receive the official news organ and other communications.
- Enjoy other facilities granted by the Association.
Art 5: Activities
Any activity of the Association is valid if it corresponds to the aims of the Association. The Association encourages its members to be active as a group and as individuals in any work or project in keeping with the objectives of the Association.
Art 6: Tasks of the Association
- To hold the Annual General Assembly (AGA).
- To hold periodic programmes for the on-going formation of the past students so that they, as individuals and groups, grow in their awareness of the obligations of being members of the Association. This, in concrete, would involve various activities like:
Study of the situation of the youth of the area, especially of those who are marginalized or neglected, with a view to addressing their most urgent needs.
Organizing programmes for developing leadership qualities in past students so that they become community leaders and agents of peace and harmony in society, promoters of justice, and defenders of human rights.
Organizing educational, social, cultural and spiritual activities for themselves and for the young people of the College / locality.
Organizing programmes to develop in young people the sense of responsibility and concern for society.
Art 7: Annual General Assembly (AGA)
The Annual General Assembly is the Directive Organ of the Association. The AGA is held once a year, to which all past students are invited. However, only those who are registered and have paid the membership subscription may vote at the AGA.
Art 8: Tasks of the Annual General Assembly
- To pass resolutions on the activities of the Association.
- To approve the Annual Report and the Statement of Accounts.
- To elect the Committee members of the Association.
- To fix membership subscription.
Art 9: The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is the executive organ of the Association. It consists of the Delegate, President, Vice-President, Secretary, Joint-Secretary, Treasurer and 6 other Executive members.
- The Committee may co-opt other past students, taking care to give a cosmopolitan character to the Executive Committee. Co-opted members have no right to vote and their number should always be less than that of the elected members.
- The quorum is one more than half of the elected members.
- The Committee meets once a month, and whenever the President deems it necessary.
- To foster the growth of the Association and create better relationship among past students, the monthly meetings of the Executive Committee may be followed by an informal meeting with all past students who are able to attend.
Art 10: The Delegate
- The Delegate is not an elected member. He is appointed by the Salesian Provincial of the Guwahati province. He takes the place of Don Bosco, as a spiritual animator and guide.
- He is directly responsible for the on-going formation of the past students.
- He carries out his work of animation through his interventions during the meetings and gatherings, through his communications, personal contacts, visits, etc.
- If he is not himself the Rector, he takes care to brief the Rector regularly regarding the plans and activities of the Association.
- As an animator and guide, he is present at all meetings and gatherings. Whenever he is unable to attend, he keeps himself informed of what takes place at the meetings.
- As a member of the Executive Committee, he takes full part in all its deliberations, decisions and activities. He ensures that everything is done in the spirit of Don Bosco.
- He acts as a link between the past students and the Salesian community.
Art 11: The Association President
- He represents the Association in all its dealings.
- He convenes the Annual General Assembly, the Association Committee meetings and all other meetings of the Association. He prepares the agenda for these meetings and presides over them.
- He keeps the Association Delegate informed of how things are in the Association and what happens in meetings which the Delegate is unable to attend.
- He ensures that all committee members carry out their duties diligently and in keeping with the regulations.
- After every major activity, he conducts an evaluation of it. Besides that, once in four months he makes an assessment of the overall performance of the Association (membership, finances, formation, deliberations carried out, etc).
Art 12: The Association Vice-President
- He takes the place of the President in his absence.
- He is present at all Committee meetings and assists the President in his duties.
Art 13: The Secretary
- He keeps up-to-date the list of the members and the list of all the past students of the institution.
- He prepares and sends out notices for meetings of the Executive Committee and of the AGA.
- He attends to the correspondence of the Association.
- He draws up the minutes of the meetings of the Committee and of the AGA and presents the same at the meetings.
- He prepares the chronicles and statistics of the Association and maintains the documentation pertaining to the Association.
- He looks after and preserves the archives of the Association, taking special care to file all correspondence and to keep them up-to-date.
- He keeps the President informed of all happenings in the Association and ensures that no decision is made or any correspondence goes out of the office without the President's knowledge and consent.
- On the completion of his tenure, he hands over all files and documentation regarding the Association to the incoming Secretary.
Art 14: The Joint Secretary
- He takes the place of the Secretary in his absence.
- He is present at all Committee meetings and assists the Secretary in his duties.
- He will assist the secretary in all matters pertaining to the Association.
Art 15: The Treasurer
- He receives subscriptions, donations and any other income, and accounts for the same.
- He prepares the internally audited Statement of Accounts to be approved by the AGA.
- He maintains the registers and books of accounts and carries out the administrative acts.
- He deposits the money of the Association in a Bank account in the name of the Association which is to be operated by two signatories (any two from among President, Secretary and Treasurer).
- On completion of his tenure, he hands over to the incoming treasurer all registers, books, cash and documents relating to finance.
Art 16: The Executive Members
The Executive members take part in the Committee meetings with full and equal rights as the other members. They may be assigned special tasks by the Executive Committee. Co-opted members will not have the right to vote.
Art 17: Election Rules
- Elections are held once in thee years.
- The AGA elects the members of the Executive to their designated posts by simple majority. If no candidate gets simple majority in the first ballot, in the subsequent ballots the election will be restricted to the first 'n' number of candidates from the top together polling a minimum of 50% of the votes of those present.
- The election of the members of the Association Committee is the privilege of the registered members who have paid the subscription and are present at the General Assembly.
- Whether a member qualifies to vote in or contest an election is decided by the Electoral Commission (EC). The decision of the Commission in this regard is final and may not be questioned.
- Members desiring to contest election shall submit their nominations in writing, using the prescribed format, endorsed by two registered members of the Association, as per directives of the EC.
Art 18: Electoral Commission (EC)
- The EC consists of the Delegate, a nominee of the Executive Committee and an independent person who is not a member of the Association. The nominee shall not contest the election.
- The independent member is named by the outgoing Executive Committee.
- The Delegate presides over the EC.
- The EC is the final authority on all matters related to elections.
- The EC has a right to reject a member's nomination if, in its opinion, a candidate is found to be unsuitable. The decision of the electoral commission in this regard will be final and shall not be questioned.
- The EC shall record and file all correspondence and minutes of the nomination and election of candidates.
- Before the election, the EC will once again brief the members about the procedures.
- The EC shall announce the results of the election.
- The EC shall be constituted afresh at least 2 months before the election.
Art. 19: Vacancies
When the office of an Executive member becomes vacant, the AGA will elect another member.
Art 20: Discipline
- Any office bearer who does not attend three consecutive meetings shall cease to hold office.
- A past student will cease to be a member if, in the considered opinion of the Executive Committee, he/she is guilty of unbecoming behavior or any action harmful to the Association.
Art 21: Secretariat of the Association
The Association has its office in St Anthony’s College.
Art 22: Newsletter of the Association
The Association is expected to publish a newsletter. Its periodicity is decided by the AGA.
Art 23: Association Emblem
The Association shall have an emblem approved by the AGA.
Art 24: Past Students' Motto
The motto of the Association:"MAKE A DIFFERENCE".
Art. 25: Finances
The Association can receive subscriptions, donations and grants from individuals and organisations.
Art 26: Relationship with the Salesian Congregation
The identity of the Association springs from the recognition that each of its members is an ex-student of St Anthony’s College, one of the many institutions run by the Salesians of Don Bosco internationally. Hence
- The members of the Association see in the Rector Major, the superior of the Salesians, the image of Don Bosco and they accept him as their guide. They look to the Salesians for an ongoing clear-cut and adequate spiritual guidance. They share in the mission of the Salesian Congregation and pledge themselves to be signs and bearers of God's love to all, especially to the young and to the poor.
- The Association acknowledges the Provincial of Guwahati Province and the Rector of St Anthony’s College as the representatives of the Rector Major and the Salesian Congregation. They are, by right, members of the Executive Committee but, as a rule, they exercise that responsibility through a Salesian appointed to act as their Delegate.
- The basic working principle of the Association is that all deliberations are made with the concurrence of the Salesians according to the family spirit of the educative community, which is characteristic of the Association.
Art. 27: Adoption of the Constitutions
The constitutions of the Association will be approved by two-thirds of the members of the AGA present.
Art. 28: Amendments
Any amendment to the Constitution needs the approval of more than half the members of the AGA present and voting.