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St.Bede's College Shimla , a women's college located in a scenic terrain at Shimla Himachal Pradesh has a long and distinguished history. It has just crossed a century of its existence. It was founded in 1904 as a Teachers' Training College by Mother Clare. The components of a general college were added to it after independence, and its affiliation was transferred to Himachal Pradesh University in 1970.
It is recognized by the University Grants Commission under 2f (07-1970). St.Bede's Community is now a large network including a Teachers' Training College and a college of general education for girls. Under the general education programme the college runs undergraduate programmes in Science and Arts and offers B.A.pass course as well as B.A.Honours courses in Economics, English and Geography. Today the college also offers self supportive courses like B.Com, B.B.A, B.C.A, B.Sc.Honours in Microbiology and Biotechnology. Further prospects are to open M.A.English, PGDCA.
The college provides hostel residence for about 200 students. The roll strength of its teachers amounts to 50 in all. It is a Grant-in-Aid college which receives 95% of the salary component for its staff from the state government. Of the 26 non teaching staff, 17 are technical and 9 administrative. <
St.Bede' college enjoys its own reputation as a premier institution that has imparted quality education to girls. It is a Christian Minority college and has also contributed richly to the development of the quality of life of girls of other communities. One is impressed by the wholesome personality development that takes place in its students and the self confidence as well as skills of articulation in English that they come to acquire.

The Peer Team consisting of Dr. Pabitra Sarkar, former Vice-chairman, West Bengal state Coucil for higher education as chairman, Dr.Mrs.Moni Mathur, professor and head department of Botany and Biotechnology, Sarojini Naidi Govt.girls P.G. college (autonomous, Bhopal ,M.P) as member and Dr. C.Thankamuthu, professor and head, department of economics, Bharathi Dassan university, Thiruchirapally, Tamil Nadu as member Co-ordinator, visited the college on 8-10th March 2004. The team visited all the constituents of the college, interacted with the principal, management, faculty, staff, students, alumni and parents, and also verified/ validated all the relevant records/ documents. Based on these observations/perceptions, the Peer team accredited and awarded the college with an "A" Grade.

The Peer Team, inter alia, has observed the following commendable features in the college.

  • Making the best of the multi-institutional educational complex by recourse pooling and optimal utilization strategies.
  • Qualified and committed faculty with good rapport with the students.
  • Consistently good record of success and ranks in the university examinations.
  • Special thrust on value education through mentoring system.
  • Venturing into five year integrated MCA with a tie-up and affiliation of a university outside the state.
  • Good and well maintained physical infrastructural facilities and a conducive academic ambience, with good hostel accommodation for the students.
  • Ensuring holistic development of student personality through a mechanism of comprehensive recording/monitoring of student profiles every year.
  • Compassion for the poor and underprivileged ( fee and hostel concession; free remedial classes for the school children around).
  • St.Bede's college has earned its reputation over the period as one of the best centers of Higher education for the girls in the region. The college community can be legitimately proud of their accomplishments. The college has the necessary potentials and inclinations to emerge as an autonomous college.
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