Pachhunga University College
Pachhunga University College (PUC) is a public institute in Aizawl, Mizoram, and the only constituent college of Mizoram University, a central university established by an Act of Parliament of India. Founded in 1958 as Aijal College, it is the oldest and largest college in Mizoram, by enrolment and campus size. It started with intermediate of arts (equivalent of higher secondary education) courses, and later expanded to bachelor degrees in arts, commerce and science. With the opening of master's degree courses in Mizo, philosophy and life sciences, it became the first postgraduate college in Mizoram.
The college is named in honour of Pachhunga, a leading businessman and politician, who funded its initial management in 1962. It became university college when the North Eastern Hill University incorporated it as its only constituent college in 1979. The permanent campus, occupied since 1965, is situated in College Veng, a locality at the eastern end of Aizawl. The 138-acre campus is the only verdant forest reserve in Aizawl, and is referred to as the "lung of the city." For its conservation of forests, it received the Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Awards in 1995, a national award for pioneering and innovative works in afforestation and wasteland management, from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.
It received the Best College award from the Zoram Research Foundation, consecutively in 2004 and 2006. Between 2009 and 2013, the Department of Science and Technology of India awarded the college with a special scheme of Fund for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure (FIST). In 2011, the Department of Biotechnology of India set up Institutional Biotech Hub, which was upgraded to Advanced Institutional Biotech Hub in 2017. The same year, DBT awarded its Star College Scheme. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council classified it as B grade with a cumulative grade point average of 2.78 in 2011, and raised it to A+ grade with a CGPA of 3.51 in 2016, the highest score in Mizoram. The National Institutional Ranking Framework listed it among the best 150 colleges in India (rank band within 101-150). In 2017, the University Grants Commission made it College with Potential for Excellences. In 2022, after implementing the new point system, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council classified it as A+ grade with a CGPA of 3.47, the highest score in northeast India. The National Institutional Ranking Framework placed it at 45th among colleges in India, the only college within the top 100 list, and thus, the highest rank from northeast India.
The college was provincialised by the Assam Government in 1965 and the college became Pachhunga Memorial Government College (PMG). The college was renamed Pachhunga College in 1977. On 19 April 1979, the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) adopted and upgraded it as its only constituent college. The college eventually received its fourth name, Pachhunga University College (PUC). With the establishment of Mizoram University, the entire management was handed over to the new university in July, 2001. Green Mentors have evaluated the Green Audit Report of Pachhunga University College, along with supportive documentary evidences and accredited the College as Green College in Platinum Ranking, highest is such audit.
The welfare of the students is the number one priority of the college. The college is also the leader among all Mizoram colleges in terms of research activities and publications. The college also organizes seminars / workshops / conferences / trainings at various levels- International / National / State levels. The college offers undergraduate courses in 23 subject areas of Arts, Science, Commerce and Management. The academic programme is a choice based credit system and includes continuous assessment, periodic class tests, seminars, assignments, remedial courses, field studies etc. The college also promotes student exposure through study tours inside and outside the State.
One of the distinctive features of the college is its unique setting with a sprawling 760 acres campus. Its lush-green vegetation, the result of 60 years of nurturing the campus and wide-open space with luxuriant natural vegetation provides an excellent atmosphere of learning. The college is well equipped with IT facility. All class room are provided with projectors and all departments are link with internet.
In its strive towards excellence, the college is now recognized at the national level and has been awarded A+ grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The UGC has granted ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ Scheme, the scheme awarded to few institutions over the country, which has the potential to reach world class standard. The college is also ISO 9001:2015 certified since 2018. The institution has also been identified as a potential ‘Mentor Institution’ to help the NAAC aspiring institutions. It is a Star College under the DBT Scheme. The college has PG classes in the departments of Philosophy, Mizo and Life Science. The college also received ‘Indira Gandhi NSS Awards’ in 2016 for its outstanding contribution to the service of the community at various levels. The college has also secured the title of 'Overall Champion' in the MZU Sports meet consecutively for four years in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
ADD ON COURSES
- Diploma Course in Mushroom Cultivation-Collaborators- Horticulture Dept. GOM
- Certificate course in Mizo traditional Handicraft-Collaborators- Hnam Chhantu
- Certificate course in Vermicompost Technology-Agriculture Department, GOM
- Certificate Course in Housekeeping-Collaborators- Mizoram Agency for Domestic Assistant (MADA) and Hotel Millennium
- Certificate Course in 'Repair & maintenance of power supply, inverter & UPS’-Collaborators- Industrial Training Institute, Aizawl
The college have completed three village adoptions since 2012 - Phulpui village, Lungleng Village as well as Dulte Village and is currently on the verge of adopting Khawrihnim Village (2021)Attachment: