Message from the Vice Chancellor’s Desk
The North East Christian University is an ambitious project (Ministry) of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI). Since the establishment of the Baptist Mission by Americans in the North Eastern region, the initial and major thrust was education. This is evident by the impact they have made in this field. The first Assamese literature was promoted by them. As such the first Assamese Weekly Newspaper known as “Oronodo” which means “Raising of the Sun” was published by three American Baptist missionaries namely, Miles Brownson, Nathan Brown and Oliver Cutter. They were the ones who fought for the promotion of Assamese literature. In Nagaland, it was missionary Mary Mead, wife of Dr. E. W. Clark who opened the first school. At many other places across the North East, missionaries from other countries opened mission schools. Today there are a large number of Primary and High Schools as well as secular and theological colleges in the region.
In a meeting of the Principals of Theological Seminaries under the Council of Baptist Churches of North East India (CBCNEI) held in March 2010, it was unanimously agreed that the time was right for Baptist Churches to establish a full-fledged University. A series of consultations were then held with Conventions and Associations members who endorsed the vision. Once formally proposed, the Act on the establishment of the University was passed by the Nagaland Legislative Assembly and notified accordingly in the State Gazette. Today the North East Christian University is a reality.
The Vision of the University is of a distinctive centre of excellence committed to integrating faith and knowledge, character and service, in transforming students towards empowerment, leadership and human development in preparation for challenging times. The Mission of the University is to provide a wholesome education that is global in perspective, upright in character and praxis in its approach. Its Motto is “Truth and Liberty”. The Logo depicts a Flame (of Warmth, Light, Care, Compassion), a Dove from above (Wisdom and Understanding, Love), and a Pedestal (Pillar of Knowledge and Discernment, Leadership).
NECU is a secular University which will offer courses and training programmes on a wide range of subjects – from religion and theology to earth sciences and philosophy, from history to mobile technology, from medical sciences to agricultural sciences, from humanities to science and technology. It would provide flexible and innovative programmes using online and blended learning methods that comply with international standards for quality education and professional competence. It would inculcate various skills like critical and innovative thinking, technological adaptability and multi-cultural traits. It would create research opportunities that will lead to actions bringing contextual realities to programmes and greater community participation. In addition to accreditation to National bodies, NECU would seek accreditation to American statutory bodies to ensure world class teaching and learning standards and offer seamless opportunities for NECU students to pursue further studies overseas.
The University aims to equip students with life skill to become upright and responsible agents of progressive change in the global community.
NECU Graduates will be prepared to become Empowered Learners – effective written, oral communication skills, able to think independently, critically & solve problems ; Informed Learners – understand global issues, value of Indian and NE History, fluent in Native and English language ; Responsible Learners – understand ethical consequences of actions, active citizens, accept public duty and participate in decision making process of a democracy .
The establishment of NECU is partly to fulfill this need of higher Education Institutions in the NE. The University is a secular University with thrust and stress on personality development based on Christian principles. Its Vision is to be a distinctive Christian University integrating faith and knowledge in a strong and transformative manner.
NECU welcomes participation and sharing though talks, seminars, workshops, certificate courses in any area that would contribute to the growth of knowledge and help develop improve the quality of life in society.