It feels our heart with immense pride and humility to present before you one of the Nagaland’s oldest graduate schools of Arts & Humanities. The model created here has become the standard yardstick for just about every other College in Nagaland. But that’s not the most interesting part.
The face of education is undergoing radical change. Our concepts of leadership, mission, access, diversity and so much more are all being dramatically redefined in the face of societal and global transformation. That means that Sakus Mission College is in the middle of a great time of change. We’ve gone back to the laboratory and are asking each other the fundamental question : “What insights and skills are essential for our students in the 21st century?” Just as our fore-parents had the courage to explore new ways of preparing people to respond to society’s call, so must we have that courage, determination and the will power to triumph.
So, we say this to our prospective students : “Think carefully about coming here. There is a lot of change going on. We have not abandoned the enduring principles and the lessons tradition teaches, but we are committed to exploring new frontiers of leadership and service. If you want to be a part of this exciting effort to prepare a new generation of impactful moral and spiritual leaders and people then Sakus Mission College may just be the place you are looking for.
We are a diverse campus with many denominations represented and a fairly wide range of points of view. Not everyone here would be like you; think like you do or learn like you can. There would be times, in and out of class-room-atmosphere when you might come across others with whom you disagree (and they with you). This diversity is something we like. We agree to disagree as there can hardly be any growth without conflict. We like it because we believe that it will make you think, will make you more intellectually agile, and develop in you the skills to help navigate the borderlands of difference.
Henry Ford, the boss of the Ford Automobiles, USA, once said, “Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind. Thinking without constructive action becomes a disease.”
This campus-reality is part of our emerging curriculum. The students and the Faculty find it challenging and often without easy answers. But all agree that this is where they want to be and what they need to be doing. These are the right questions – even if we haven’t got all the answers yet – and it is exciting to be a part of something so substantive and so relevant. And our recent graduates come back to say that it is this diversity and joint discovery of their abilities that has best prepared them to lead the life of service to which they have been called.
Come and find out for yourself.
Ms. Asenla Yanger