||Shillong city, the capital of Meghalaya and the acclaimed abode of clouds, was traditionally known as the city of learning of the North East with its credible history of producing many scholars, intellectuals and a flock of officers in all India services. As the years passed, it was obviously seen that the demand of educational institutions was so great since the erstwhile elite colleges gave access to the best only 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 and promote human resource to generate a community of scholars who can manage continuity and change.
|Against this backdrop of the prevailing scenario, the then General Secretary of Shillong Muslim Union, Janab Sayeedullah Nongrum, who was a legislator of the state of Meghalaya, and had already founded and run two colleges viz. “Kazi Zaman college” in New Bhait Bari and “Nongrum college” of Zekabari, was approached by the then Assistant General secretary, Shillong Muslim Union, Janab A.S. Siddique(Advocate) with the proposal to establish a college in Shillong city. The statement of such a request, an initiative, which had sown the seed of then forthcoming college will remain worthy to be quoted forever. “You were instrumental to open two colleges in your Rajabala constituency, why don’t you set up here one college for Shillong under the banner of Shillong Muslim Union?”. Such a statement profoundly aroused the sentiment of the leader, a person of indefatigable dynamism and untiring enthusiasm for any noble cause such as for the betterment of society, who later made up his mind with firm conviction to begin with the work as he usually utterly disagreed to any delay. That was the historic beginning of the upcoming college.
|For this mammoth 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 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. Late C. Z. Ghafoor (IPS Retd.), President, Shillong Muslim Union
2. Shri Sayeedullah Nongrum, M.L.A., General Secretary, Shillong Muslim Union
3. Shri A.M. Kharbithai(Deputy Secretary Retd.) Vice President, Shillong Muslim Union
4. (L) Shri G. Hannan. Executive Member, Shillong Muslim Union
5. Shri S. M. Ali. General Member, Shillong Muslim Union
6. Shri Ahamed Hussain General Member, Shillong Muslim Union
7. (L) Shri Ataul Haque General Member, Shillong Muslim Union
8. Shri Sajad Ahamed General Member, Shillong Muslim Union
9. Shri. Prof. Imdad Hussain (noted Scholar) General Member, Shillong Muslim Union
10. (L) Mrs. Fatima Imdad Hussain,(Noted Scholar) General Member, Shillong Muslim Union
|The Shillong Muslim Union in the year 1994, gave the Eid-gah complex to open the college and then sanctioned initially a sum of rupees two lakhs only and the same 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 minimum of 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 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.
||With the passage of time, at present, the college has approximately three thousand students, sixty eight faculty and 17 non teaching staff. The NATIONAL MINORITY EDUCATION COMMISSION has rated MINORITY status to the college.
||The Present Governing Body Members of the College :
1. President, Janab Sayeedullah Nongrum, M.L.A.
2. Vice-President, Sri A.J.N Ahmed
3. Secretary Smt. Namrata Joshi, Principal.
4. Jt. Secretary I.M. Syiem (Vice Principal)
1. A.M. Kharbithai. (Dy. Secy. Retd)
2. A.J.N. Ahamed. (Retd. Professor)
3. Dr. S. Nongrum.
4. Sri Idrish Khan (President, S.M.U.) .
5. A. S. Siddiqui (Senior Advocate)
6. A.H.Scott Lyngdoh.(Former M.L.A)
7. Prof. F.A. Qadri, (Department of History, N.E.H.U.)
8. Prof. R.A. Lal, (Deptartment of Chemistry, N.E.H.U.)
|Teacher’s Representatives :
1. Smt. Belinda Sokholet
2. Smt. Mary J. Syngai
|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:- “COME TOWARDS PROSPERITY”.
|Ever since the institute came into existence, it has been disseminating service to cater to the needs of poor and marginalized masses focused on imparting required and desired knowledge for creating humane and rational society.