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The third oldest premier college in the state, Manipur College enters into the annals history As it completes fifty golden years of its services to the people of Manipur in the field of higher Education. With deep sense of nostalgia, we traverse down the lane and trace its growth. In the year 1958, there were two colleges, namely, D. M. College and Imphal College serving the needs of higher education in Manipur. Even though the total population of Manipur was a little more than 7 lakhs, the number of successful candidates in Matriculation examination was around 700. The two colleges could not admit all the students depriving many deserving students of the opportunity to pursue higher studies due to non-availability of seats.
This difficulty was felt by some serious social minded individuals of those days. The move to establish a college was initiated on 25th May, 1958 at a meeting of the Managing Committee of Singjamei Girls High School, held at Mamang Sangoi(courtyard) of Sarungbam Babu Singh, Under the Chairmanship of Shri Sanasam Gourahari Singh of Singjamei Sanasam Leikai, the then Secretary to Manipur Administration . In that meeting, a committee of seven members was constituted to convene a public meeting. The members of the committee were Shri Pangambam Chaoba Singh, Shri Ningombam Iboton Singh, Shri Thounaojam Iboyaima Singh, Shri Thongam Haridas Singh, Shri Chongtham Nodiachand Singh, Shri Thokchom L:ukhoi Singh, Shri RK Tomalsana Singh.
The task of publicity for the meeting was taken upon by two energetic youths in their late twenties, namely, Shri Th. Lukhoi Singh of Singjamei Chingamathak and Koijam Chouba Singh of Singjamei Oinam Thingel. The publicity covered as far as Kakching in the south, and Localities spread over Mayai Lambi(Hiyangthang to Kakching Lamkhai). The committee made all arrangements for the public meeting. Subsequently, the meeting was held on 6th August,1958 at Singjamei Girls High School premises at 3 p.m., with Shri L.M. Ibungohal Singh, Retd. District and Session Judge in the chair . After a long deliberation in the problems of higher education, the meeting adopted seven resolutions,leading to the establishment of the college. The members of the meeting also decided to form a Governing Body(GB) consisting of 15 members, to manage the affairs of the college.