The Banikanta College was established in January 1967 at the instance of Dr. M.N. Goswami and C. Das, the then Vice Chancellor and Registrar of Gauhati University respectively with the sole aim of catering to Teacher Education in the North Eastern Region of India. It was christened after the name of Dr.Banikanta Kakoti, the great pioneer, researcher and an intellectual giant of Assam. Mr. Radhakanta Das, a retired eminent Professor of Mathematics, took over the charge as the first Principal. After passing through the able hands of five eminent Principals the college was renamed as “Banikanta College of Teacher Education.”
The Government of Assam, with the sole aim of expansion of teacher education in the state, took over the college on 1st. April 1983. The college, after its affiliation under Gauhati University in 1967, was duly recognized by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) for conducting B.Ed. course and is now upgraded to the Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) as announced by the MHRD and the developmental works have started from the year 2005 accordingly by the Govt. of Assam. The present intake capacity of B.Ed. Course is 50 of each year (ie.1st & 2nd year Courses). Besides, the B.Ed. course, the two year D.El.Ed. (ODL) Course also was started from 2018. Most of the student trainees are in-service teachers deputed by the state government from different secondary schools of Assam.
However, The Banikanta College of Teacher Education (IASE-Guwahati) has successfully, completed 50 glorious years as a pioneer institute of teacher education. Ever since its inception, this institute has contributed towards producing renowned and dedicated teachers as well as teacher educators who have marked and paved a way for the teacher fraternity in the North Eastern Region of the country. This Golden Jubilee Celebration focuses on the issues and challenges of teacher education. Our vision : we, the Banikanta (IASE-Ghy) family strive continuously to strengthen teachers professionally, keeping the need of the hour in view, and also to develop the multidimensional roles of a “Teacher” and to mould the lives of students for their all round development.
The mission of Govt. Banikanta College of Teacher Education is fostering professionals graduates who will maximize the quality of education by development and facilitating the teachers and helping them to understand the cost effective use of teaching-learning materials. The institute also provides a strong foundation in the knowledge, innovation, integration and application of the methodology of educational, philosophical, psychological behavioural views which leads to the quality and enhancement of the teaching profession for the overall development of the nation.
Govt. Banikanta College of Teacher Education will be globally prominent in teacher education. Our graduates are efficient like any after Teachers from other TEI’s in the country, equally other graduates in educational expertise knowledge; and their ability to think broadly and able to adapt diverse educational environment.
The Institutes of Advance Studies in Education (IASE) is a Centre of excellence in the preparation of teacher trainees consisting of both pre-service and in-service teachers for developing quality secondary education. Teacher Education Scheme has envisaged a renewed role for IASEs whereby their contribution would not be limited to teacher training but also evolve as Regional Resource Centre.