Profile of Governmemt Degree College
“The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.”
Govt. Degree College, Nowshera is located in Nowshera town. Nowshera is a sub-district falling under the jurisdiction of district Rajouri. The main town is located on the bank of the Manawer River just 2 miles inwards from the Taayin Bridge on Jammu-Poonch national highway. Nowshera has a vast expense spreading over 1352 sq. kms. It is a nature bound beautiful area in lower Himalayan ranges and having plenty of small forests especially among the Line of Control with Pak-occupied Kashmir. The Mangla Mata Temple, Mangla Devi Fort, Fort of Darhal QilaDarhal and the Chhati-Badshahi Central Gurudwara of Nonial are the main tourist attractions of this town. Besides, this town has a very high literacy rate of 79 per cent that is much higher than the national average of 68 p.c. The male literacy is 82 p.c. while female literacy nearly parallels it at 76 p.c.
Establishment of the College
Government Degree College Nowshera is one among the other four newly established degree colleges located in this sub-district having its own well equipped infrastructural facilities.Opening of a government degree college in Nowshera was a long pending demand of the people of Nowshera since they have a deep inclination towards imparting education to their children and wards.
It was in 2008 when Govt. Degree College, Nowshera was established under Prime Minister Reconstruction Programme that start functioning from the premises of the Govt. Middle School, Nowshera. So far seven batches of students have passed out with their graduation degrees from this college. In fact, the college is playing an important role to promote higher education among the students of Nowshera, QilaDarhal, Sunderbani and parts of Kalakote Tehsils especially the girl students.
It is pertinent to mention here that the enrolment of the girl students surpasses the number of male-student in all parts and semesters of the Bachelor of Arts and B. Sc. From the session, 2016-17, the Science courses with Computer Sciences and Mathematics have been started for the students of this area with the shifting if this college to its new campus and building at Darshan Nagar. With this, the student enrolment has raised to above 700 that is further expected to rise with the start of Geography as new subject from the current academic session.
Stone Laying Foundation Ceremony
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Stone-laying Foundation Ceremony of GDC Nowshera was established to give opportunity to the students of this area to pursue and complete their graduate degrees at their doorsteps who were otherwise could not have done it owing to the fact that before it, these students have to go either to GDC, Rajouri or to various colleges in Jammu for their higher studies. GDC, Nowshera caters to the educational needs of not only the students passing their higher secondary examinations from Nowshera but also to the student community from Tehsil Sunderbani, Kalakot and some parts of Tehsil Rajouri.
This college start functioning from 2008 with the enrolment of 233. It was opened in the premises of Govt. Boys Middle School, Nowshera with four class rooms under make-shift arrangement from the academic session started in June 2008. In total 230 students were enrolled in B.A. Part-1 during that session.
So far the college worked under the supervision of Prof. Gopal Gupta who managed the affairs of GDC, Nowshera being in the capacity of Nodal Principal for first two months. Dr. Nutan Resutra was the first formal head of this institution from 07-07-2008 to 14-06-2009. He was instrumental in managing all activities in the first formative years of this prime institution. After his transfer, Prof. Zahoor A. Bhat took over that responsibility and delivered his services till 18-04-2010. Presently, Prof. S.P. Chopra has taken over as third Principal of this college form 22-04-2010 till date. It is worth mentioning here that he is always ready to go to any extent in helping this institution and its students to promote the cause of education. He often shows no sign of unhappiness even to sit outside when it becomes imperative to take classes in his own chamber.