The College

St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education is the first Accredited Teacher Education Institution in North East Region and it has been Re-accredited with Grade A (CGPA 3.12). The quality of training attracts a lot of candidates to approach for admission in the College. The College focuses not only on academics but also on an overall formation of the future teachers. The vision of the College is to provide value-based quality education to Student-teachers with a view to improve the quality of education in schools. With this end in view the College provides enhancement programmes every year with experts from all over – national and international. We have been extending our services by organising Extension Programmes to schools where most untrained teachers are in service; we give workshops and trainings in Core Skills of teaching in different schools of Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and Ri Bhoi Districts.

In 1936, the Ladies of Shillong requested the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions to start a College in the hilly and educationally backward region. The Institution accepted the request and St. Mary’s Undergraduate College was established at Shillong. St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education (formerly known as B.T.) was also established at the same time.

Affiliation to the Calcutta University was granted in April 1937 and classes commenced on 2nd July of the same year. The official opening of the College by Lady Reid accompanied by Sir, Robert Reid, Governor of Assam took place on 25th October 1937.

In 1948, the College was affiliated to Guwahati University.

In 1973 when the North-Eastern Hill University was established it was automatically brought under its jurisdiction.

In 1993 the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) issued norms for Colleges of Teacher Education throughout the country.

In order to comply with NCTE norms, bifurcation had to take place and a full-fledged B.Ed. College with separate principal and campus was created in 2002.

The college was accredited B++

The NCTE Regulations, 2014 notified enhanced duration of B.Ed. Programme.

Commencement of a Two-year B.Ed Programme with an annual intake of 50 students for one basic unit

Over the past eight decades it has been rendering yeoman services to the cause of teacher education in the North East. Numerous past trainees of the College, today, are contributing to society in various walks of life as Heads of Departments in Universities, Principals of Colleges and Schools, Members of Government Education Departments, Research workers and other administrative posts both in India and abroad. The College continues its efforts of imparting quality teacher education and producing teachers of excellence who are champions of values that transform society. The College endeavours to initiate new and creative ways in conducting professional and academic activities with competency and effectiveness.


Virtue and Knowledge

St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education is named after the Blessed Virgin Mary, the woman who epitomized in herself the qualities of womanhood. Every student teacher is called to imitate her virtues of purity, modesty, simplicity, self-respect, courage and self-effacing love and inculcate them in the young who will pass through their hands. The Letters RNDM embossed in the center of the College Coat of Arms and Motto denotes the place given to Mary, the Lady of Grace and Virtue. The Ivy branches stand for continuity, growth and openness to God, to others and to life. Surrounding the Ivy Branches, we find the words, Virtue and Knowledge. The Crown signifies the Victory of Education over illiteracy and ignorance. True knowledge leads to cultivation of virtues without which education loses its power of transforming society. True education contributes to the blossoming of the human being. Hence, “Students of St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education”; let us nobly do our part, tenaciously playing the game of life and aiming at virtue high. Let knowledge ennoble our lives and those around us.


The primary aim of St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education is to impart quality teacher education in a conducive environment to student-teachers so as to enable them to transform their knowledge and skills towards the development of society.


St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education was conceived for the integral education of teachers who are persons of integrity and commitment. Equipped with skills and competencies in their vocation, they craft a holistic development of every person under their care, nurture and empower her/him to face the challenges of life with divine truth and become enlightened and productive citizens through the process of education in schools.


1.To provide innovative and value based quality education in understanding the teaching-learning process.
2.To enrich the students with knowledge and skills of teaching and enabling them to become competent to face the challenges of globalisation.
3.To involve the students in socially relevant extension programmes.
4.To organize co-curricular activities to make them aware of the needs and problems of modern society.

General Information

Name and Address of the Institution

St. Mary's College Of Teacher Education Boyce Road- Laitumkhrah, Shillong- 793003, Meghalaya

Year of establishment


Status of affiliation

Permanent Affiliation -No.CDC/A/89/2005/3327 Dated July 3rd, 2008 w.e.f. 30th May, 2008

NCTE Recognition

-ERC/7-17/2001/520(1) dated March 12/13, 2001
-F.ERC/NCTE/ERCAPE00177/B.Ed (Revised Order) /2015/31688 Dated 15/05/2015


-EC/40/71 October 17, 2006 – Grade B++
-EC/66/RAR/044 February 21, 2014 – Grade A


0364 – 2504787


to St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education (SMCTE) an Institution for Women with a Passion for the Teaching Profession.

Dr. (Sr.) Clarissa Wallang

Principal, SMCTE

SMCTE established in 1937 in response to the request for a Women’s B.Ed. (Formerly known as B.T.) College in the Region, is conducted by the Religieuxes Notre Dame des Missions (RNDM) working presently in twenty four countries. The primary aim of SMCTE is to impart quality teacher education in a conducive environment to Student-teachers so as to enable them to transform their knowledge and skills towards the development of society. We have been committed to the cause of education as we strongly believe that the quality of our classrooms in the state depends on the quality of teachers being prepared and trained in the Institutions of Teacher Education. The College continues its efforts of imparting quality teacher education and producing teachers of excellence who are champions of values that transform society. SMCTE enjoyed a unique identity for a long time being the first Women B.Ed. College and also the first Accredited Teacher Education Institution in North East Region, it has been Re-accredited with Grade A (CGPA 3.12). SMCTE has a practicing School attached to it, besides other schools being available for Teaching Practice. The results of SMCTE have been most satisfactory. The Trainees feature in the first ten positions of NEHU and the majority of students securing First/Second Divisions. Over the past decades it has been rendering yeoman service to the cause of teacher education in the North east. Today many of the ex-students of SMCTE hold important positions in the field of education as head of departments and educational institutions as well as in administrative posts.

Dr. (Mrs). Ruth N. Sangma

QUALIFICATION M.A (Edu), Ph.D (Edu), B.Ed.
DESIGNATION Vice-Principal
AREA Teaching Skills, Administration
& Financing of Primary Education.
EMAIL [email protected]

Ms. Dianghunshisha Shullai

AREA Teaching of Language
EMAIL [email protected]

Calmy R. Kharlukhi

AREA Teaching Skills, Teaching of Sciences
EMAIL [email protected]

Dr. (Mrs). Alfa Mary Kurbah

AREA Inclusive Education, Psychological Testings
EMAIL [email protected]

Mrs. Inrilin Marwein

AREA Teaching Skills, Teaching of History
EMAIL [email protected]

Mrs. Rimeka Wahlang

AREA Teaching Skills, Psychology
EMAIL [email protected]

Mrs. Risabakordor Sten

AREA Regional and Planning Development in Geography, Teaching Skills
EMAIL [email protected]

Mrs. Grace E. Kharnarbi Donn

AREA Teacher Education, Teaching Skills
EMAIL [email protected]

Upashana Dutta Chaudhuri

AREA Methodology of Teaching English
EMAIL [email protected]

Mr. Samarendra Choudhury

QUALIFICATION M.Sc(Maths), B.Ed, Ph.D(Pursuing)
AREA Methodology of Teaching Mathematics
EMAIL [email protected]

Mr. Cleverson Syiemlieh

DESIGNATION Physical Trainer
AREA Physical Education and Sports Sciences
EMAIL [email protected]

Ms. Euphemia Kharmaw

EMAIL [email protected],

Ms. Michelle A. Lyngdoh Nongbri

DESIGNATION Office Assistant –cum- Accountant
EMAIL [email protected]

Ms. Abigail Marbaniang


Ms. Evanaliza Warjri


Ms. Skilda Mary Khardewsaw


Ms. Emitrya Marngar



Admissions are made on the following basis

  • Subject to fulfillment of all other conditions laid down by the University/NCTE from time to time, a candidate with a Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degree or any other qualification equivalent thereto with a minimum of 50% marks (relaxable up to 5% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) shall ordinarily be considered for admission to the programme, provided that such a candidate should have studied at least two school subjects at the graduation level. The distribution of seats shall be:- Total Seats 50 Seats to be given following the selection process 40 Seats to be filled by deputation from Government of Meghalaya 10

  • Applicants holding a University degree other than that from the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) require a Migration Certificate without which admission will not be granted.

  • In-service teachers serving in private schools for a period of at least five years may also apply for admission.

  • Every student is required to attend a minimum of 80% lectures delivered in each course and carry out successfully the sessional activities conducted by the College.
  • Students are to give proper justification for being temporarily absent from their classes and produce a medical certificate in case of absence due to illness.
  • In case a student due to unforeseen/unavoidable reasons cannot complete the assignment or take a test, the matter should be brought immediately to the knowledge of the Principal/Management.

  • Fees are to be paid Semester-Wise
    • For the First Semester, Fees are to be paid by 20th July
    • For the Second Semester, Fees are to be paid by 20th January
    • For the Third Semester, Fees are to be paid by 20th July
    • For the Fourth Semester, Fees are to be paid by 20th January
  • Fees paid will not be carried over for future Semesters.
  • Fees once paid are not refundable.

Governing Body

Name Designation
Sr. Mildred Khongngain President
Dr. (Sr.) Clarissa Wallang Principal cum Secretary
Dr. (Sr.) Mary Harriet Joint-Secretary
Sr. Sonia Chacko Ex-officio Member
Sr. Mary Mazerollo Donor
Prof. C Nongbri -
Dr. B. Bazeley Kharrymbai NEHU Representative
Director, DHTE Government Representative
Dr. (Mrs.) R.N. Sangma Teachers’ Representative
Dr (Mrs.) A. M. Kurbah Teachers’ Representative
Rev. Dr. Brother Albert L. Dkhar Principal, St. Anthony’s College
Shri. D. Lyngdoh Nominated Member
Dr. B. D. M. Diengdoh Nominated Member
Dr. (Mrs.) E. Sutnga Nominated Member
Dr. (Ms.) J.G. Choudhury Nominated Member


(Composition of Internal Quality Assurance Cell)

Name Designation
Dr. (Sr.) Clarissa Wallang Principal, SMCTE
Dr. (Mrs.) Ampareen Lyngdoh Member Legislative Assembly
Dr. (Mrs.) M.P.R. Lyngdoh Former Principal, Shillong College
Dr. (Mrs.) C.R. Diengdoh In-Charge, CDC, NEHU
Prof. S.M. Sungoh Department of Education, NEHU
Sr. Amabel Lyngdoh Advisor
Sr. Justina Dohling Principal, St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School
Sr. Sonia Chacko Principal, St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School
Dr. B. D. M. Diengdoh DERT, Meghalaya
Dr.(Ms.) J.G. Choudhury Lecturer, St. Mary’s College
Dr.(Mrs.) R. N. Sangma Vice Principal, SMCTE
Mrs. C.R. Kharlukhi Lecturer, SMCTE
Mrs. I. Marwein Lecturer, SMCTE
Mrs. R. Wahlang Lecturer, SMCTE
Dr. (Mrs.) A. M. Kurbah Lecturer, SMCTE cum Co-ordinator


Students are engaged in “active learning” because the college has an impressive library with the collection of innumerable books covering all subjects, important regional, journals and encyclopaedias. The College has automated its library and its services using an open source and Integrated Library Management Software (ILMS) –Koha. Students get access to books through the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) across the network in the College. Reprographic support is available in the library. The library has a Book Bank facility. A collection of Local Newspapers is being maintained.



With the requirement of the modern system of education, the College implements ICT in day to day teaching with free internet facilities, audio-visual system, digital cameras etc.



Teaching Aids Room provides students’ creative ideas to work out manually for the implementation of low-cost and no-cost teaching aids for their teaching.



The Multi-purpose hall is designed to serve more than one purpose for which college activities are carried out frequently like Morning Assembly, Paper Presentation, Students’ meetings etc.



Apparatus, Manuals for psychological testing and observations are conducted in this room which can accommodate 20 students at a time



The Science Laboratory is so designed to accommodate science students to carry out their theory classes and experiments when necessary with experimental facilities.



The College has the Auditorium with Audio Visual facilities that can accommodate 200 more participants for various programmes.



With the introduction of the EDUSAT NETWORK by the ISRO in the state, it is expected that this distance mode learning through the Satellites Interactive Terminals SIT’s will facilitate learning at different levels of education. The Directorate of Educational Research and Training being the hub links up with our College as one of the SITs (Satellite Interactive Terminals) located in Shillong Region.



The college has well-furnished Canteen that provides eatables at the nominal rate to meet their thirst and hunger. The college canteen provides platform for the students beside meeting their thirst and hunger, to discuss topic of current interest involving themselves into activities such as group discussion, personality development and communication skills.



Equipment Room, Badminton Court, Visitors Room, Elevator, Ramps, CCTV, Residential Home, Infirmary, Store Room



St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education has a conducive family atmosphere, authority is decentralised and responsibilities are shared among the staff and students. Therefore even after the students have completed the course, they still have the family feeling and spirit projected in the form of the Alumni Association. Some of them hold prominent positions within the country and abroad. The alumni play important roles in different committees with different assignments given to their committees. The Alumni contributed much to the development of the institution; a number of them gave demonstration classes on different method papers. The activities of the Alumni Association conducted in the College are:
i. Demonstration classes
ii. Orientation Programme
iii. Workshop on Teaching Aids
iv. Contribution of articles for the College Magazine
v. Other Developmental Activities

President Dr. (Sr.) Clarissa Wallang
Vice President Dr. (Mrs.) Ruth N. Sangma
Secretary General Dr. (Mrs.) Alfa M. Kurbah
Joint Secretary Ms. Euodia Myrthong
Finance Secretary Ms. Dianghunshisha Shullai
Assist. Finance Ms. Michelle Lyngdoh Nongbri
Programme Co-ordinator Mrs. Calmy Kharlukhi
Joint Co-ordinator Ivorine Niangty


Counselling is an integral part of the College. Professional counselling is available to students during the workshop organised in the college annually in which experts are invited. Students are helped with lectures and motivational speech for their future life.

The Grievance Redressal Cell provides an emotional space for expression of grievances in which the students face in the institution. The mechanism adopted by the institution for addressing the grievances of the students is through the Suggestion/Grievance Box and personal interaction with the Principal.

The College has a Student-Council which is basically the composition of the students’ committees. The student-council is constituted every 2 years with the new enrolment of students Which consists of the President, Vice- President, General Secretary, Treasurer, Social and Cultural Secretary, Music Secretary, Sports Secretary, Publicity Secretary and Organising Secretary. The student-council is very much an internal matter in which no funding is taking place. All students belong to different committees with the following assignments.

View Students' Council 2016-2018

Sl. CommitteesCommitmentsFaculty
1. Website Update website ( Dr. (Mrs.) A. Kurbah & Mrs. I. Marwein
2. Cultural Celebrations of Special Days, College Fest (Plays, Singing, Dancing…) Mrs. I. Marwein & Mrs. R. Wahlang
3. Magazine Collect Articles & Photographs ([email protected]) Mrs. C. Kharlukhi, Mrs. I. Marwein & U. Choudhury
4. Academic Workshop, Seminar, Study Tour, Library, Felicitation Mrs. C. Kharlukhi & Mrs. R. Wahlang
5. Cleanliness Cleanliness in and around the Campus particularly after every programme Ms. D. Shullai & Mrs. R. Sten
6. Best Practices Suggestion box, Assembly, Birthdays, Notice Board, Student’s Welfare Dr. (Mrs.) R. N. Sangma & Mrs. R. Sten
7. Co-curricular Sports, Games, Picnic, Exhibition Mrs. G. Donn, Mrs. R. Wahlang & Mr. C. Syiemlieh
8. Discipline Dress Code, Attendance, Punctuality, Mannerisms… Dr. (Mrs.) R. N. Sangma & Mrs. G. Donn
9. Alumni Update Face book, Add friends, Send Invitations, Involve the Alumni Mrs. C. Kharlukhi & Dr. (Mrs.) A. Kurbah
10. Decoration Decorations for all Programmes in the College Mrs. G. Donn, Mrs. R. Wahlang & Mrs. R. Sten
11. Food Organising Food for Staff & Students Mrs. I. Marwein
12. Documentation Writing Reports of all the Programmes etc. in/by the College Mrs. R. Wahlang, Mrs. C. Kharlukhi & Ms. D. Shullai

The Anti- Ragging Cell watched over any conduct of students whether by words spoken or written or by any act which cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm to other students. The Anti- Ragging rules of the UGC Regulations on curbing the menace of ragging in Higher Educational Institutions, 2009 along the undertaking by the candidate/student and parents is inserted in the College Prospectus.



Film Screening


The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them is a non-fiction 1999 book written by The Freedom Writers, a group of students from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, and their teacher Erin Gruwell.


I did what I had to do because it was the right thing to do Education is such a noble profession, it is a wonderful way to serve We are all ordinary people. But even a secretary, housewife, or teenager can within their own ways turn on a small light in a dark room No matter what race we are, what ethnic background, sexual orientation, or what views we may have, we are all human. Unfortunately, not all humans see it that way


We've learnt that a teacher can break the barriers that exist among the students.For example, they can develop the feeling of oneness in spite of them belonging to different background, race and culture. The teacher can mould the personality of an individual and can even shape their future to become responsible citizens. A teacher can create a feeling of love and respect among the students and how they can work together to bring about an atmosphere of peace and harmony in the classroom as well as outside.

In conclusion, we can say that the film screening program was a good start of the academic year for all our Student-teachers of SMCTE. In "The Freedom Writers Diary", Gruwell interspersed her narrative text throughout a collection of actual entries from her students' own diaries, with powerful results, so also as teachers to be we can intersperse our real life experiences and all the lessons learnt and those that we will be learning in the days to come in this institute in our field for the best outcome.


There is nothing greater than to have an imaginative mind! The great ideas that build great inventions come from the creative ideas and imaginative thoughts of a person. Thus to make it happen, we need to fill our minds with wild imaginations and enthuse our spirits with creativities and innovations. But we may ask the question, "How might we develop our ideas and innovations?". Someone said, "To be creative is to be crazy like a child!" then only individuals can unleash the thoughts and invent something out of their crazy ideas by thinking like a child, because "children are known to be very creative and constructive". Hence by doing so, we are releasing our inner potentials that is within us.

Report on Brainstorming Session

A very exhilarating session on brainstorming on the 18th Feb 2017 organised by the management which was part of the many activities carried forth by the College. Having Bro. Sunil Britto as Resource Person was, a dynamic figure who taught and shared his wisdom and knowledge breaking conventional norms of the educational system. The day kick started with some meditational prayer followed by some futuristic robotic dance where students and teachers alike shook their weary hinds and limbs and let go of their inhibitions. This was followed by an activity which made both teachers and students cracking their minds-"The 50 uses of a paperclip" which left most of us in darkness as we could not come up to even twenty uses which implied how we as adults have lost the childlike interest that helped us think outside the box. As the day progressed, we were seated in a semi circle and each had our chance of interacting with Brother. A proposition was made by the facilitator to each one of us to write down our thoughts and come up with creative ideas on "How might we make the school experience an enjoyable time for our students?". Emphasizing on the importance to unleash our creativity, as great ideas came up from crazy fun filled thoughts. Students stepped up and participated voluntarily, for Brother believed it was no fun being forced around. But to every activity there comes a point when our creativity ceases to process and it was here that Brother initiated a technique when the "lull" period sets in. It proposed a reversed question "How might we make the school experience a boring and an unpleasant time for our students". To every query, a solution must be sought and so each of us were given stickers to choose the best suggestions and the best suggested ideas were drawn and the aim of our objectives was achieved.

The whole session of brainstorming was indeed quite engaging and all of us were imbibed with the spirit of curiosity to think like a child and break our adult logical thinking and be able to get aligned with our inner child that is lost within us.

Unleash Your Invention with

  • Ideas
  • Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Constructivity
  • Participation
  • Anticipation
  • Collaboration
  • Exploration
  • Invention

"Alas! We can say that from all these words we have developed an Innovation which comes from nothing but from our Motivation!"

Busk yourself for life with life skills

Is life all about survival or living it to the fullest? We are only living a life if we thrive otherwise we are just surviving. So, what do we need to do to thrive in life? All we need to do is acquire some basic skills. Basic skills are of various types, one of them is life skills. To succeed, attain happiness and win the game of life we definitely need to attain essential life skills. According to WHO life skills are a group of psycho- social competencies and interpersonal skills that help people make informal decisions, communicate effectively and develop coping and self-management skills to lead a healthy and productive life.

The Management of SMCTE organized a one day workshop on life skills on 25th of February 2017. The resource persons for the session were Dr. Ryntihlin Jennifer War and Ms. Namrata N. Rynjah. The session began with a prayer. The morning session was headed by Dr. Jennifer, she briefed us about body image, self image and self esteem. The post lunch session was headed by Ms. Namrata, during this session she explained about various types of life skills.

The workshop was very beneficial for all of us both as persona and teachers to be. Life skills are essential parts of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life. After the workshop each one of us found a visible change in our personality and it helped us in discovering our "Incredible Self"

We know that life is not always sunny, life is like the changing season, sometimes sunny sometimes rainy, Sometimes winter all cold and frozen other times autumn weathering out. Life skills act as our umbrella in rain, our coat in winter and our sunscreen in summer. In short life skills prepare us for all the seasons of life.

Yoga: A Way of living

The Secret of Fitness is Yoga

"Health is wealth", a well known phrase is not new to us. Health being one of the most concerned matters of today's busy and hectic life, people are seeking a healthy way of living and yoga is where the seek ends. Yoga is a form of physical exercise and meditation. It is a real source to lead a well-knit life. It is a systematic and methodical process to control and develop the mind and body to attain good health, balance of mind and self-relaxation. Yoga is gaining immense popularity due to the short term as well as long term benefits that it provides. The benefits of yoga provide both gratification and lasting transformation. The main aim of yoga is to attain physical and mental nourishment through relaxation. The students of St. Mary's College of Teacher Education, Shillong are priviledged to have a session of yoga in the College on 11/02/2017. The resource person for the session was Swati Bhatacharjee, a practising lawyer and a passionate practitioner of yoga. The session started with a prayer and it was followed by warm-up exercises and some basic yoga exercises were performed by the students ending it with meditation and relaxation. Students interacted with the resource person regarding the benefits of yoga with respect to particular illnesses. This session was very beneficial for us students as we came to know that 'sparing 10 minutes for yoga daily could make our life better'. The students were motivated to start yoga and as we are to be teachers we can impart this knowledge to our future students and promote healthy living.