The one and only government college in Kohima,the capital city of Nagaland, offering arts and commerce streams is Kohima College Kohima. The college is always recognised as having the most experienced and seasoned faculty and possessing fine facilities. The admirable distinctive feature of the college is its Admission Policy. The admission policy is justifiably notable and mentionable because of its uniqueness. Being the capital city students from all parts of the state and from all different backgrounds come seeking for educational opportunities. Understanding the aspirations and genuine difficulties faced by these students due to the many constraints such as financial, academic standards etc the institute took upon its shoulders the responsibility of providing rooms to these students,a responsibility demanding unbiased procedure of allotment of seats.
Throughout the whole exercise of admission nitty-gritties it has to honour and uphold the vision statement of the college which is, ”the college pledges not only to strive for excellence but also to prepare and nurture integrated personalities, men and women, whose intellectual, mental, moral and physical faculties are harmoniously developed to become ideal persons and citizens who understands the meaning of life and what it demands from them”, which is, no doubt, challenging. Kohima College accepting this challenge rose to the occasion by endeavouring to provide access to education for those students hailing from economically or otherwise challenged sections of the society. This category of students in order to educate themselves attend government run institutions incurring less expenses but which unfortunately leaves many things wanting. Hence they are unable to do credit to the aspirations of the learners. Kohima College opens its doors to these students who, inspite of all their limitations are keen to continue their higher education as inexpensively and as expansively as possible.
With sincere commitment to the greatly felt need to develop and nurture students particularly this category of students into ideal citizens who will one day be an asset to the society Kohima College works its responsibilities and obligations. The task is mammoth and uphill. But with due understanding and compassion the college has undertaken the responsibility to accommodate students wishing to pursue higher education but unable to do so due to the many restricting factors.
The distinctive admission policy of the college is that it gives priority to those students who pass out from govt schools under Kohima district regardless of marks they secure. The college provides admission to these students with bare minimum marks who otherwise would not be given any opportunity to admit themselves into any other private colleges who adhere to very stringent cut-off percentage eligibility criteria. Thus these students constitute the majority of the students’ population in the college belonging to the interior rural areas from low income backgrounds and with poor academic standards. The rare and unique provision of the college’s admission policy enables these students with the least financial encumbrances, a very significant relief.
For the college, the admission policy limits and inhibits its ambition or desire to rise in fame or position. But for the opportunity and improvement of this category of students, the college has foresightedly embraced this admission policy. It may not sound glamorous or may even appear helpless or listless but strangely enough it has turned out to be a most rewarding and satisfying venture. Because, otherwise, these students without such an opportunity would have become liabilities not only to the families but also to the communities and the society.
Today the college with humility and pride claims the reward for its magnanimous admission policy. Many of the students who are thus admitted have made profitable use of their opportunities and have excelled in academics, sports etc. They are able to discover their potentials, dream dreams and finally achieve them. Many of our alumni have made their marks in the field of politics, administration, education, sports, legal, civil societies etc. Ultimately all credit go to the students but the fact remains that it was Kohima College that gave them their opportunities, kept their candles of aspirations burning, encouraged and helped to keep their hopes afloat. The greatest achievement of the college is being an integral part of the students’ journey towards realisation of their dreams, living them and contributing towards building a better ,more dynamic society. The students are the greatest resources, the most important assets and the driving forces propelling the college towards excellence.
There is no denying the fact that there are many unsavory outcomes due to the admission policy such as good, uniform results, good pass percentage etc. This can be frustrating and discouraging. But the college remains loyal and faithful to its policy understanding that it is doing its utmost duty towards the upliftment end development of the society .It also understands the difficulties and struggles that it has to cope with. With so much of discrepancies in the level of understanding, standards of learning and attitudes of the students the whole educational system is strained and tested. The college placed in such an inflammable position is not easy, to say the least. But having mentioned all the difficult circumstances the college is continuing determined, persistent, committed with patience and tolerance.
The admission policy has brought forth many surprising and awe inspiring results. It is heartwarming to see that many have become strong pillars of the society not only as respectable government officials but also as trusted men in civil societies, businesses etc. The college can rightfully claim to having ownership, very limitedly maybe, but nevertheless, in building and preparing them by giving them their opportunities. The college cannot boast of having produced very many geniuses but it can take pride in having produced and is continuing to produce men of character, industrious, capable for the growth and progress of the society.