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Shillong city, the capital of Meghalaya and the acclaimed abode of clouds, has been traditionally known the educational hub of the North East India with its credible history of producing many scholars, intellectuals and a flock of officers in all India services. In the course of time, it was obviously seen that the demand of educational institutional became tremendous since the erstwhile elite colleges gave access only to the best, and shut doors to the others. There was an urgent need of an institution to accommodate have-nots and students from marginalized section especially from minority communities, and to impart education to them in an environment that would guarantee all avenues of special care with the prevalence of peace, tranquility and security for all the learners. The underlying vision was to mobilize human resource to generate a community of scholars who can manage continuity and change.

By this time, some forward-thinking leaders of the Muslim Union were impelled by the prevailing scenario to contemplate opening a higher educational institute by themselves in Shillong. On the other hand, there was an awakening ground that the General Secretary of the Shillong Muslim Union Janab Sayeedullah Nongrum who was a legislator of the state of Meghalaya had already founded and run two colleges viz, the Kazi Zaman college in New Bhait Bari and the Nongrum college of Zekabari. The idea of starting a college was sprouted suddenly when the then Assistant General Secretary of the Shillong Muslim Union Janab A.S. Siddique (Advocate) enthusiastically put forward his suggestion to establish a college in Shillong city. Their conversation had sowed the seed of then forthcoming college. That is the reason why the initiative statement shall remain worthy to be quoted forever. “You were instrumental to open two colleges in your Rajabala constituency; why don’t you set up one college here in Shillong with the backing of the Shillong Muslim Union? Such a statement profoundly aroused the sentiment of the leader, Janab Sayeedullah Nongrum, a person of indefatigable dynamism and untiring enthusiasm for any noble cause such as developing society. Soon afterwards he made up his mind with a firm conviction to begin with the work, for he, by his nature, utterly disagreed to any delay. That was the historical beginning of the upcoming college.

For this profound purpose, a group of like minded people viz, professor Imdad Hussain, N.E.H.U and his wife late Mrs. Fatima Imdad Hussain, a lecturer of the Women College and some other members of The Shillong Muslim Union decided to start the college and thus a committee was constituted on 26th March 1994 with the following members:
1.    Shri C. Z. Ghafoor (IPS Retd.)
2.    Shri Sayeedullah Nongrum (M.L.A.)
3.    Shri A.M. Kharbithai (Deputy Secretary Retd.)
4.    Late Shri G. Hannan
5.    Shri S. M. Ali.
6.    Shri Ahamed Hussain
7.    Late Shri Ataul Haque
8.    Shri Sajad Ahamed
9.    Shri. Prof. Imdad Hussain (noted Scholar)
10.  Late Mrs. Fatima Imdad Hussain,(Noted Scholar)

President,
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Executive Member,
General Member,
General Member,
General Member,
General Member,
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In the year 1994,The Shillong Muslim Union gave the Eid-gah complex to open the college and then sanctioned initially a sum of rupees two lakhs; the amount was deposited as seed money for funding the college. Over and above, the Union agreed to bear the monthly expenses of the college until the college becomes viable and financially self sustainable. The Union consensually agreed that there would be at least two or three office bearers of the Union in the governing body of the college and the college would be a minority institution with reservation of 20% of seats for Muslim students.

Thus the institution came up by the side of Umshyrpi stream and justifiably, to the delight of everyone, christened as “UMSHYRPI COLLEGE”. The founder members met on several occasions and in one of such meetings, they unanimously resolved to appoint Mrs. Fatima Imdad Hussain as the principal of the college cum secretary of the governing body.
The college started functioning from 1st August 1994. Initially it was started as girls’ college with 27 students, but in the next year, owing to the growing demand of the minority community, it was converted into co-educational institution. Mrs. Fatima Imdad Hussain was succeeded by Dr. Rina Dhar who became Principal cum Secretary in the year 1995. At the same time Dr. K. K. Bhattacharjee became coordinator who continued to serve in the same capacity till 1998. Again from the year 1998, Dr. K.K Bhattacharjee became Rector and Mrs. Namrata Joshi took over the post of Vice-Principal. Again, Mrs. N. Joshi took over as the Principal of the College in the year 2002 and thence she has been serving in the same capacity till date.

With the passage of time, at present, the college has approximately three thousand students, sixty eight faculty and 17 non teaching staff till the year. The College was awarded Minority status by the then government of Meghalaya on 29/06/2010. The National Minority Commission acknowledged the Minority status of the college. The college is recognized by the University Grant Commission under Section 2(f) and 12(b) of U.G.C. act 1956.

The Governing Body Members of the College in the year 2010 :
1.    Shri C. Z. Ghafoor (IPS Retd.)
2.    Shri Sayeedullah Nongrum(MLA)
3.    Smt. Namrata Joshi
4.    Dr. Sadullah Nongrum
5.    Shri A. M. Kharbithai
6.    Shri A. J. N. Ahmed
7.    Shri A.S. Siddique (Senior Advocate)
8.    Shri Iqbal Hazarika
9.    Shri A. H. Scott Lyngdoh (Former MLA)
10.  Prof. S. Kumar
11.  Prof. A. C. Mahapatra
12.  Smt. Belinda Sokholet
13.  Smt. S. K. Purkayastha


President
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Principal
Member
Member
Member
Member
Member
Member
N.E.H.U. Representative
N.E.H.U. Representative
Teachers' Representative
Teachers' Representative

It is in the fitness of thing to note with appreciation the contribution of Janab C.Z . Ghafoor towards bringing the college up to this position. However it is the achievement of collective efforts that makes the college grow up to this stage.

The motto of the college has been changed from the earlier ‘IN THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE’ to ‘COME TOWARDS PROSPERITY’ by taking into consideration of the pragmatic approach of holistic education: to free oneself from evils: to grow oneself spiritually and intellectually: to eliminate poverty of any kind, for oneself and others: to transform oneself from the ugly nature of ‘give me’ to ‘what can I give you ?’: to free oneself from the education of maximum individual: to make oneself as a member of a society of inclusive prosperity.

Ever since the institute came into existence, it has been disseminating service to cater to the needs of poor and marginalized masses by imparting required and desired knowledge for creating humane and rational society.

It is noteworthy that the College has been a Wakf property; therefore its surplus income, if any, wholly goes to charitable work of the Union and Wakf Board. One such prominent example is the resolution of the Governing Body meeting held on 15. 11.2012 endorsed that the College paid to the Union a sum of Rs. 1.20 crore to meet the expenses of Madina Mosque complex construction and other charitable works.

Janab C.Z. Ghafoor’s health started deteriorating from the middle of the year 2011 and therefore he was unable to perform his duty like before. Owing to the arising situation, as the G.B. deemed it necessary, Janab Sayeedullah Nongrum was appointed as working President of the G.B. on 15.11.2011.

It was the anguish for all that Janab C.Z. Ghafoor, the then President G.B. Umshyrpi College, passed away on 11th of January 2012.
On 30th January 2012, Janab Sayeedullah Nongrum took over as the President, Governing Body by the unanimous decision of the members and also Janab A. J. N. Ahmed was appointed as Vice-President. Janab. Idris Khan, present President of the Shillong Muslim Union was inducted as a G.B. member.

The Present Governing Body Members of the College :
1.    Shri Sayeedullah Nongrum
       Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Meghalaya
2.    Prof. A.J.N Ahmed
       H.O.D. Economics, St. Edmund's College (Retd.)
3.    Shri Iqbal Hazarika
       Air Commodore (Retd.)
4.    Dr. Sadullah Nongrum
       Private Practioner
5.    Shri A.H. Scott Lyngdoh
       Vice Chairman, State Planning Board
6.    Shri Idris Khan
       President, S.M.U.
7.    Shri Shanbor Shullai, MLA

8.    Shri Nurul Islam Laskar

9.    Prof. L. S. Gassah
       N.E.H.U., Shillong
10.  Prof. A. P. Pati
       N.E.H.U., Shillong
11.  Mrs. Namrata Joshi

12.  Mrs. Bakhiamon Rynjah
       Department of Khasi, Umshyrpi College
13.  Mrs. Patricia Iawram
       Department of Education, Umshyrpi College


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N.E.H.U. Representative

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Principal/Secretary

Teachers' Representative

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