In the year 1984, the visionary Late Lamented His Grace Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius foresaw the great oak within the tiny acorn which he planted and nurtured with care and dedication. His Grace was the Founder-Manager of St. Thomas College, Bhilai whose mission was to work for the spiritual, social, educational, cultural and economic upliftment of the people.
St. Thomas College (STC), Bhilai is one of the steps in this direction. Established in the year 1984 and affiliated to Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur; STC has emerged as an institution of excellence in the field of higher education. The College was awarded the FIRST Dr. B. L. Pandey Memorial Trophy for Best College in 2014 on Performance Index – 2013 of Affiliated Colleges (PIAC) among 151 affiliated private Colleges under Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur. All the courses of St. Thomas College are sanctioned by the Department of Higher Education State Government. The College was migrated to Hemchand Yadav Vishwavidyalaya, Durg in 2015.The vision and mission of His Grace have acted as beacons guiding the College in the right direction and the institution has progressed by leaps and bounds and has carved for itself a niche in the education map of India. He reckoned that education should give equal weightage to both knowledge and skills along with instilling moral values in the young minds.
St. Thomas College, Bhilai has been declared as a minority institution by National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) vide its order dated 13.06.2006 in case No.203 of 2005. The same has been reiterated by Commissioner, Adim Jati Thatha Anusuchit Jati Vikas Kariyalay, C.G dated 24.08.2013 Aa.sa/151/2013-14/186/6544. A Governing body formed as per the judgment of NCMEI and Court delivered on 13.6.2006 (F.No. 203 of 2005/8509DT 15.6.2006) and the UGC (F.8-115/89 (CPP-I) DT 12.09.1989) oversees the functioning of the College.
The College has evolved under the sagacity of visionary Late Lamented His Grace Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius and his legacy is now under the stewardship of Chairman of College, His Grace Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius. The astute leadership and resourcefulness of our former Principals Late Rev. Fr. John V. John, Late Prof. T. O. Zacharia, Prof. K. M. Kuriakose and Dr. Reny George has kept the legacy going and is upheld by the present Principal Dr. M.G. Roymon.
Over the years, the College has garnered accolades in curricular and extracurricular domains. It has been reaccredited at B++ level by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of the UGC. Every year the students bring laurels for their alma mater with their remarkable performance and also secure top positions in academics. The College places equal emphasis on literary, cultural and sports activities. The pupils have risen to the challenge of present day competition and have proved their mettle at district, state and national levels.
STC has a state of art infrastructure creating an environment conducive of higher learning and research. The College strives to strengthen its team of highly qualified, dynamic and dedicated faculty, diligent office staff and dependable support staff working tirelessly with a high spirit and strong sense of togetherness and ensures that the academic journey of student’s progress smoothly. Though digitalization of higher education is still evolving, as educators and learners, the College team uses digital technology to impart education. The increased emphasis on interactive learning and discussion are one of the primary advantages of digitalization and the College believes that working with these tools is more interesting part of learning. The ever increasing collection of books, journals and digital content in the Central and Department Libraries and the latest IT infrastructure ensures that the students have information in every form at their disposal to explore. Well-equipped laboratories, systematically furnished classrooms maintaining good indoor air quality, indoor and outdoor sports and culture facilities, canteen promoting healthy food habits and an eco-friendly campus provide students an encouraging learning environment.
STC is convinced that the students need to hone a variety of skills coupled with team spirit and leadership qualities. The College promotes varied kinds of activities apart from class room lectures and laboratory practice and has therefore provided conference and seminar halls to facilitate curricular and co-curricular activities. Hostels are a home away from home and College provides safe accommodation facility for girls in the campus. The Hostel blocks are aesthetically built and are situated amidst lush greenery where students can feel homely and pursue their studies in a serene atmosphere.
The alumni of the College are well placed in India and abroad. They are the ambassadors of the College and there is hardly any area in which they have not made their mark. The St. Thomas Alumni Association ensures that this extended family always remain together in spirit and have been great source of inspiration and contribute to the development of the College.
STC aims to train learners who should be sensitive towards pain, plight, pleasure, happiness, comfort, leisure, aspirations, and expectations of people and responsive towards nature, environment, society and nation, coupled with ethics and human values.
Today, we look back at our past with satisfaction and pride and also look forward to the future with a single minded determination to redouble our efforts and continue to serve the society by providing quality education. Inclusion, humility and kindness are the principles of our Founder – Manager Bishop that guide our actions every day.