It is the mission of the College to engage students of uncommon promise in an intense full-time education of their minds, exploration of their creative faculties and development of their social and leadership abilities, in a three-year course of study and residence that concludes with a baccalaureate degree in the liberal arts.
Two guiding ideas suffuse A.P.C.'s mission. The first defines education in terms of a social vision. "Literary institutions are founded and endowed for the common good, and not for the private advantage of those who resort to them. . . but that their mental powers may be cultivated and improved for the benefit of society" (Our Chairman Dr. H.S. Gill's inaugural address); "To lose yourself in generous enthusiasms and cooperate with others for common ends: this is the offer of the College". The second idea stresses the formation of a complete individual for a world in flux: there is an intrinsic value in a liberal arts education of breadth and depth, beyond the acquisition of specific knowledge, that will enable a thinking person, "to be at home in all lands and all ages".
At the root of this mission is selection. First, and regardless of their wealth, A.P.C. selects men and women of varied gifts, diverse social, geographic and racial backgrounds, and exceptional qualities of mind and character. Developed in association with one another, these gifts will enable them to become leaders in many fields of endeavor. Second, it recruits faculty members of high intellectual ability and scholarly accomplishment who have a passion for education both of undergraduates and of themselves, as life-long creators and pursuers of knowledge.
The College pursues its mission in five domains:
1. Intellectual and Academic.
The great mission of the College is to instill in students the love, the ways and the habit of learning.
General education in liberal arts. The academic disciplines are specialized modes of inquiry through which human beings perceive and intellectually engage the world. Both their power and their limits have led the College to make a long-standing commitment to general education. Specialist faculty cause non-specialist students to become critically acquainted with the perspectives and methods of disciplines in three general divisions of learning: the natural sciences, the humanities and the arts and the social sciences. The College also sustains programs of interdisciplinary study, to reveal complicated realities not disclosed by any single discipline.
The major field of study and independent work. A.P.C. places particular emphasis on the academic major, a concentrated engagement with the method and content of an academic discipline, in which advanced students take increasing intellectual responsibility for their own education. The College provides opportunities for honors projects and independent study, enabling students to engage in research and writing under the guidance of faculty mentors. The arrangement of teaching responsibilities of A.P.C. faculty presupposes professional duties not only of original scholarship and creative work but also of supervision of advanced student projects.
Essential skills. The unevenness of American secondary education, the diversity of student backgrounds and the demands of college-level work and effective citizenship all require that the College enable students to master essential quantitative and writing skills and skills of oral communication, with the guidance of faculty, other professionals and qualified student peers.
The College believes that technology is not education, but that it is changing both education and society; and that it must be embraced by pedagogy and research and made easily and dependably available to students, faculty and staff.
2. Social and Residential.
A.P.C. students are selected from a large pool of applicants for their intellectual ability, seriousness of purpose and personal qualities. By design, they differ widely in their backgrounds and talents be they artistic, athletic, scientific or otherwise. To enable such students to learn from each other, and to make lasting friendships, the College is dedicated to creating a rewarding and congenial residence life, open to all students, which is at the core of the mission of a residential college. A.P.C.'s system is based on residence halls linked to restored, medium-sized, self-governing former fraternity houses.
The College devotes the talent of staff and faculty, and of students themselves, to the creation of opportunities for student growth and leadership in these residential contexts, reinforced by many volunteer programs and activities, student-run campus organizations and opportunities to plan careers.
Intercollegiate athletic competition against colleges with shared academic values, and other non-varsity sports, can foster self-control, poise, leadership, good health and good humor. A.P.C. encourages student participation in professionally coached varsity and club programs, as well as intramural sports, and in an outing club program that enables students to explore and test themselves in Maine's rivers and forests and on its seacoast and islands.
4. Esthetic and Environmental.
The College is dedicated to constructing and preserving buildings and campus spaces of the highest quality, believing that their beauty and serenity shape campus intellectual and esthetic life and inform the sensibilities of students who as graduates will influence the quality of spaces and buildings in their towns, businesses and homes. A quadrangle of oaks and pines, ringed with historic architecture, and containing two museums with major collections of art and Arctic craft, deepens a A.P.M. student's sense of place, history and civilization.
As a liberal arts college in Maine, A.P.C. assumes a particular responsibility to use nature as a resource for teaching and engaging students -- notably to help them obtain a broad sense of the natural environment, local and global, and the effects and the role of human beings regarding it.
Implicit in and explicit to its mission is the College's commitment to creating a moral environment, free of fear and intimidation, and where differences can flourish. Faculty and students require honesty in academic work. Coaches instruct that fatigue and frustration are no excuse for personal fouls. Deans and proctors set standards of probity and decency and enforce them, with student participation, in College procedures. Yet, recognizing that life will present graduates with ambiguities that call for certainty less than for balance and judgment, A.P.M. makes few decisions for students, academically or socially -- perhaps fewer than do many other residential colleges. It does so believing that students grow morally and sharpen personal identity by exercising free individual choice among varied alternatives, curricular and social. But the College also causes these decisions to occur in a context of density and variety -- of ideas, artistic expression, and exposure to other cultures and other races -- so that personal identity will not become an illusion of centrality.
A.P.C. seeks to be a fair, encouraging employer of all those who serve the institution, providing opportunities for professional development, promotion and personal growth, and recognizing the value of each individual's contribution to its educational mission.
From its history of more than 10 years and its inheritance of buildings and endowment that are the gifts of Adesh alumni there derives a corollary. If the College is to pursue its educational purposes in perpetuity, its mission is also a provident and prudential one. Succeeding generations of members of the College must carry the costs of their own enjoyment of its benefits; as alumni they remain a part of Adesh, assuming responsibility for renewing the endowments and buildings that will keep Adesh a vital, growing educational force for future generations of students and faculty.
Finally, A.P.C.'s intellectual mission is informed by the humbling and cautionary lesson of the 20th century: that intellect and cultivation, unless informed by a basic sense of decency, of tolerance and mercy, are ultimately destructive of both the person and society. The purpose of a A.P.C. education -- the mission of the College -- is therefore to assist a student to deepen and broaden intellectual capacities that are also attributes of maturity and wisdom: self-knowledge, intellectual honesty, clarity of thought, depth of knowledge, an independent capacity to learn, mental courage, self discipline, tolerance of and interest in differences of culture and belief, and a willingness to serve the common good and subordinate self to higher goals.
The Adesh Group, a pioneer in Health care, Technical and Medical Education came into existence with incorporation of Adesh Foundation in 1995 vide registration No. 618 of 1995-96 (Registered under Societies Registration Act XXI,1860) at Muktsar, an underdeveloped area of Southern Punjab with the aim and object of service to the Humanity in the sphere of Health Care, Para Medical and Technical Education.
The society has been running Technical Institutions namely, Adesh Institute of Engineering and Technology, Faridkot since 1996 (Annual intake:360), Bhai Singh College of Engineering, Muktsar since 2002 (Annual intake:600) affiliated to Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar and approved by All India Council for Technical Education, two Polytechnic Colleges under the name Adesh Polytechnic College, Muktsar since 1996 (Annual intake:660) and Malwa Polytechnic College, Faridkot since 2003 (Annual intake:660) approved by All India Council for Technical Education and affiliated to Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training.
The society realized the lack of proper Healthcare facility in the region, where even basic needs were difficult to get. All the referral Institutions are not less than 150 Kms. away from this place there is no other center for integrated management of patients in this part of the State as well as most of the Southern Haryana (Sirsa, Dabwali, Hisar, Fatehabad districts) and adjoining areas of Rajasthan (Sri Ganga Nagar, Hanumangarh districts) with the aim to cater to the needs of the population by providing comprehensive health and medical care and also providing medical and para-medical education in this underdeveloped Malwa region, the society established Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Bathinda with the annual intake capacity of 150 students in MBBS course with the approval of Medical Council of India/Govt of India & affiliation Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. It has an advanced teaching hospital with all modern diagnostic & treatment facilities in a vast campus of 43 acres of land on National Highway. The first batch of 150 students had already been admitted through Central Counseling conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. The advanced teaching Hospital has started functioning since July,2005 with all clinical specialties. The hospital has a bed strength of 750 besides 120 private rooms 80 beded ICU, ICCU & Neonate Nursery. The hospital has the facilities for providing round the clock uninterrupted emergency, ICU/ICCU/ICRUI NICUI PICU and Intensive surgical care units , 12 ultra modern operation theaters with latest equipments, ultra modern automated laboratories, dialysis, Blood Bank, Cancer Unit, De-addiction Center. The institute also established para-medical colleges in Nursing (GNM:60 seats, B.Sc. Nursing:60 seats & Poat Basic Nursing:60 seats) Pharmacy (D- Pharmacy:60 seats), Physiotherapy (BPT:60 seats), degree level (25 seats) & Post Graduate Degree level courses (8 seats) medical courses in Anatomy, Physiology & Bio-Chemistry in the same campus. The Institution will also start degree level courses in Bio-Technology, Bio-Information, Medical Lab. Technology, Micro-Biology & pharmacy from the next academic session. The foundation also aims at establishment of Adesh institute of Dental Sciences & Research to offer BDS in the same campus. This is imagined that the institution would be a premiere institution in the North India to deliver world class health care services and medical & para-medical education & shall remain dedicated to the service to the humanity for all the time to come . People of the region will be benefited from the world class health-care facilities. Medical & para-medical education. employment opportunities in addition to an economic boom of the region.
The Institution is also associated with a 300 bedded multi specialty referral hospital under the name of Adesh Hospital & Research centre with all clinical & Diagnostic facilities established in 1991 which offers integrated services in multi specialties with facilities like Advanced Trauma Center ICU/ICCU, Dialysis Unit, Poison Management Centre, Blood Bank, Neonate ICU, Laproscopy, Endoscopy, C. T. Scan, Ultrasound, TMT, EEG, Fully automatic Laboratories with Auto Biochemistry Analyser, Auto Cell Counter, Arterial Blood Gas Analyser (A.B.G.), Eliza Reader, Ventillators and Cardiac monitors, Central Gases and Suction etc. to tackle all medical and surgical emergencies round the clock. The hospital is also running a 15 bedded de-addiction center at Free of Cost. The foundation has developed another venture aiming at development to top-notch diagnostic facilities in the field of Radio Diagnosis under the name and style as Adesh Diagnostics at Bathinda with Latest models of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), Spiral C.T. Scan. The foundation established a super specialty under the name & style as Adesh Charitable Cancer Hospital at Muktsar which is the very first cancer hospital in the Malwa belt & one of the most well equipped private cancer hospital in Punjab. The state of art latest models of Radiotherapy equipments (Cobalt 60, Kirloskar Theratronics) imported from Canada and Brachytheraphy imported from Holland are functioning round the clock with approval of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. This hospital is providing all the necessary facilities for cancer treatment including Diagnosis facilities, radiotheraphy, Brachytherapy, Chemotheraphy and Cancer Surgery.