Dr. D. D. Lapang
President - Governing Body
The achievement that the Alpha Family has accomplished has surpassed the vision of journey of the three visionaries.
In 1982, it was a pleasure and a treasure to reminisce the privilege I had to work alongside Bah Wor (Worleyson Kharbteng) and his wife Kong Blessibon Blah who resonated the calling of the humanitarian need to start an English Medium School in the Nongpoh area. Despite the refusal of a collaborative effort of most of the officers whose children were already placed in English Medium Schools in Shillong, the confidence of my closest
comrades was firm and anchored. Together, we blueprinted Alpha English Higher Secondary School, which I can proudly say is one of the best schools in the state of Meghalaya.
In the course of the journey from 1982 (when the school was first established) to 2020, the Primary school evolved to Secondary, Higher Secondary levels, and now it has reached the height as tall as Alpha College of Arts and Commerce.
Words fail to deduce the emotions felt. God has been so very generous in blessing us through this journey. The achievement is not just of the founders, and the pioneers; the achievement is of the joint efforts of the teachers, students and the support of the people of Ri Bhoi District as a whole.
W. K. Blah
Secretary - Governing Body
Education is one of the most powerful tools to integrate the facilitation of moulding a young mind into a responsible social specimen. History has witnessed how walls and conformities of dead habits were demolished with knowledge.
With the world moving forward at the speed of sound, change and evolution is inevitable. If we are to solve issues like poverty, inequality, racial-profiling and standards of living, higher education is that antidote that we need to tame the venom of a self-destructive world.
The students of Ribhoi District are endowed with an enormous potential to excel despite the limitations of higher education. With Alpha College of Arts & Commerce, we seek to bridge the gap between the students and higher education. We cannot afford to lose out on what the potential of talented young people has to offer. They are our future. Today, we create opportunities; tomorrow we'll together etch history.
Dr. Khrawbor Kharbteng
It gives me immense pleasure to pen a few lines by way of reflection with regards to our fledgling college, Alpha College of Arts & Commerce. The College had just completed its first year of existence as of July 14, 2021 as July 14, 2020 was its Foundation Day. The date was chosen to memorialise Late Mr. Worleyson Kharbteng, co-founder and visionary of Alpha English Higher Secondary School.
Alpha College of Arts and Commerce was established despite the Covid-19 pandemic and financial constraint based on the need that necessitated catering to the student community in Nongpoh area and the District as a whole.
Also the purpose to establish Alpha College of Arts and Commerce was driven by the vision, coupled with faith and sheer courage to have an institution that provides higher learning with utmost quality education. We believe that this is possible provided we have the vision and the discipline. Learners have the same capacity to learn and assimilate as God has created every human with the capacity and ability to learn. What matters is how we feed and nurture them, which of course depends largely on the type of feeders and nurturers who are the teachers basically. This is my humble vision for Alpha College of Arts and Commerce.
I pray that this institution will be of immense blessing to the community in Nongpoh area, Ri-Bhoi District, the State and the country at large that it will prepare graduates who would prove to be useful citizens of this present world and the world to come.
Vice - Principal
Alpha College of Arts & Commerce is an extension of Alpha School whose sole purpose is to impart 'Quality Education with Discipline' to the students. The year 2020, has crippled global economies, paralysed freedom of movement, amputated learning and education, and with it shattered hopes and dreams of a better tomorrow like a rudderless ship in the ocean with no destination.
In the midst of the snare of the deadly pandemic, we seek to restore hope with grit and dedication.
The College Motto, "Rendering service with a good will as to the Lord..." echoes the will that God Almighty has bestowed upon my long awaited dream. It could've never been foreseen, that a dream would be blessed to be a blessing at the most untimely, yet perfect hour. The flight of that dream however, could never have been made possible hadn't we dared to dream when no one else did. With the same spirit of an enthusiastic zeal, we invite you to dare to dream despite the gloomy days. Dreams do come true, ours came, yours can too. In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire expresses, “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”
Striving forward with the “New Normal”
“The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.... Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise” -Victor Hugo, Les Misérables.
Three years back, I never thought of a situation like this. It would never occur to a normal person’s mind that we would be under house arrest implemented by an invisible foe. Distance kept, faces covered, scented hands, quiet streets, video conferences, etc. all seem grotesquely normal after a year of endless pandemic protocols. Everyone suffered and everyone fought. Life is different now. It’s the new normal they said, but so many are struggling to adapt to this new situation. It’s like moving to a new place and you’re wide awake because you can’t sleep in an unfamiliar territory. The younger generation finds it harder to adapt to all of this. Students suffer more mentally and emotionally because of the immense pressure. They have to think about completing their assignments and clearing their exams, but with this pandemic, another burden was added upon their shoulders - signal/network searching!
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a broadband connection at their homes; some rely on mobile networks which seems inaccessible especially in remote areas. Some have to sit for their online exams by the roadside for they can access their mobile network in that area. Some sat for classes under the rain. Apart from all this trouble, they have to complete one semester in a very short span of time. They had no access to the library which is a great disadvantage to any scholar. But if the thirst (for knowledge) is there, then what can stop us from drinking (achieving it)! There is no denying that the pandemic has negatively impacted a lot of people though it would seem ungrateful to not acknowledge its positive impacts. With the advent of the pandemic, there has been a change in the natural environment that we live in. Nature has had some time to slowly recover and so do we have the time to recover from our busy lifestyles of travelling back and forth.
While we wait for this pandemic to be over, we can think of a few things we can do. Let us preserve humanity by being kind to others, there’s nothing to lose in being kind. Contribute what we can towards the environment and humanity. Such acts can seem small and insignificant but every little drop of rain makes the mighty ocean. We can also take the time for self-retrospect. Get rid of the clutter in your mind, get rid of bad habits, and root out anything that’s holding you back. Start by taking one step at a time to reach the desired results. Time management will always be a wise weapon towards success. If you can manage the daily hours and minutes wisely then not a second is wasted in your life. With a positive mindset, make sure you do at least one productive thing a day which can help in contributing towards your overall development as an individual. It is true when people say, “Leave the past behind and move on towards your future!”, but I tell you that it is also wise to look back on yesterday for a better tomorrow.
When it comes to self- development, one need not compare oneself with the world; they need not compete with other people. The only competitor they need to beat is themselves. By this, I imply that one should improve themselves each day, be better than who you were the day before. But do not look down on who you were when you were younger. The past is something we can learn from and we should be grateful to our past selves and our present selves for the effort that we make to strive for a better future. There are surely days when you might feel demotivated and stressed because you feel like you are missing out on a lot. Do not hesitate to reach out to people who can help you. Take your time to de-stress and meditate. It is not easy to maintain a positive mindset all the time, especially at times like these but it is worth opening our eyes to new ideas and possibilities. But most importantly, it is you and your future that matters the most. So hang in there, when you are feeling down, take the time to look out your window and witness the earth recovering, take your time to admire and appreciate the nature around you. Let us be grateful for all the blessings that were bestowed upon us without letting negativity hold us back!
Department of English
Alpha College of Arts and Commerce