Venerable Uktara Bethany College, Manmow, Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh- the land of sunrise is a Catholic Minority Institution run by the BETHANY CHARITABLE TRUST (R) registered under the Registration of Societies Act 21 of 1860, on 13th September 2012, in Guwahati. The tryst with VU Bethany College in Arunachal Pradesh started with an invitation from Rt Rev George Pallipparambil, Bishop of Miao Diocese, Arunachal Pradesh, in the year 2012. Chau Khouk Manpoong a former MLA offered the required land with certain conditions and Bishop offered to start the college. Rev Bishop invited Bethany Sisters to take over the mission of starting the college and the Bethany Management accepted the challenge of venturing into higher Education for the benefit of the youth in general and of young ladies in particular.
VU Bethany College the first and only the Catholic College in Miao Diocese is established on 16th July 2014, the Foundation Day of the Bethany Congregation with the solemn inauguration of its Academic session graced by Rev Fr. C. C. Jose Sdb the Vicar General of Miao Diocese. The formal inauguration of the college was done by Shri Nabam Tuki our honorable Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on the 2nd of August 2014 in the presence of august gathering consisting of Rev. George Pallipparambil sdb, the Bishop of Miao diocese, Sr Rose Celine BS the then General Councilor and the Secretary of BES Mangalore, Karnataka presently the Superior General of Bethany Congregation, Sr Joy BS the Provincial Superior and the Corporate Manager of the Bethany Educational Institutions in North East, Guwahati, her Councilors, Seven other Ministers, Local MLA Mr. Jingnu Namchoom, Mr. C K Manpoong and many other eminent educators, well wishers, parents and students who have added their blessings for the growth of our institution.
‘Excellence in Transformative Education’ being the mission and the motto of the newly born educational institution, we strive hard to achieve the goal “ The Fullness of Life for all” through Seven Core Values of Bethany Educational Society namely i) God Experience ii) Compassionate love for all iii) Communion and Collaboration iv) Team Spirit v) Excellence in developing each one’s uniqueness vi) Truth, Love, Justice and Peace vi) Simplicity of life style and dignity of labour vii) Respect for life, nature, culture, religions and love for the nation.
During the academic years 2014-2017, the quality education with enhancement of personality development and value based training and tuning of young hearts fetched 264 number of students belonging to different tribes and religion from all over the state for both Humanities and Commerce streams. The Commerce stream secured 100% pass result in four semesters while the Arts stream in two semesters secured 100% and in other two 96% and 98% that created the history for academic excellence making the pillars of VUBC stronger year after year.
Following the BES pedagogy, besides regular teaching and learning through varied and creative methods, Catechetical, Moral and Value based instructions and the co-curricular activities are the part of the college life emphasizing the search for total self-worth among the students. The entire students’ body is entitled for NSS activities. For Catholic students, Gospel leadership training is given under the banner of ‘Bethany Champions’ which is an association for the Catholic youth under the guidance of Bethany Educational Society. The national significant days and festivals are celebrated in instilling in the young minds the spirit love and patriotism.
It’s a “Unity in Diversity” feeling within the college campus as there are students from different corners of Arunachal Pradesh belonging to different Tribes and Non-Tribes of different religion making life a colorful one. Each Bethanian adds their own share of beauty by their very presence and contribution for the progress of common life and that of the individual.
A dedicated band of four Bethany Sisters Sr Noeline BS the Superior of Bethany Convent and the administrator of the College as the pioneer, Sr Teresa Martis BS the principal, Sr Janet BS the Vice-Principal Sr Eva BS the Ladies’ Hostel Directress and Sr Sukhi Therese BS then and now Sr Hedwige BS as the accountants with twelve faculty members put in a lot of hard work to raise the bar of the academic performance of the students and to excel in formation of their character and personality development thus shaping the image of the Manmow mission.
The college is blest to have well furnished Ladies’ Hostel with the conducive atmosphere. At present 70 ladies availing such a facility and make a difference in their performance. A plan and the dream to provide similar facility for the boys will also come true in the near future to widen the scope of educating more youth.At present 35 boys are put up in the college building under the management of Carmalite Fathers of Kerala Province.
The visit of many dignitaries and guests, particularly Shri Bamang Felix, the Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Shri Jingnu Namchoom MLA Namsai District to the college with their friendly interactions urged the management, faculty members and students to labour with love and passion for education and thus be a difference in the society.
Thus with a grateful heart saluting each and every one who have joined their hands in giving birth and desired growth to VUBC, especially Sr Wilberta BS the former Superior General, Sr Rose Celine BS the present Superior General of Bethany Sisters and her Councilors, Sr Joy BS, the Provincial Superior of Bethany North East Province and her team, Rev. Bishop George Palliparambil the bishop of Miao Diocese who in collaboration perceived the unique designs of God. We leave our babe institution in the Divine hands for the further nurturing, care and desired growth in due time. May it flourish and impart the light of knowledge and wisdom to the youth of Arunachal for the generations to come and transform the society and the state.