Profile of Governmemt Degree College
Nowshera is a small town located on the bank of Manawer river just 4 kms inwards from the Manawer bridge on Jammu-Poonch national highway. It is a border Tehsil of Distt. Rajouri with a vast areal and demographic extent. Given its spatial and demographic extend, Nowshera has been given the status of a Sub-District. It is a beautiful place with a number of tourist attractions including the fort of Mangla Devi, holy cave temple of Mangla Mata, Central Gurudwara of Sikhs in Nonial, Qila Darhal and other Dargahs and temples. The literacy rate of Nowshera is very high with low male-female literacy gap that shows that there is deep inclination of people towards education.
Establishment of college in this remote and border Tehsil of Rajouri district remained a popular demand of people of Nowshera since very long to enable students get higher education with ease especially for the girl students who otherwise have to go either Rajouri or Jammu for that purpose. Many had to quit their studies for this reason. Chief Minister of J&K, in his visit to Nowshera in 2007 promised to open a Govt. Degree College here at its earliest that soon became a reality.
This college was established in 2008 vide Govt. Order No. 269-HE of 2007 dated 20-12-2007 when 18 new govt. degree colleges were announced to be opened in the state especially to give a flip to undergraduate studies in hitherto neglected peripheral districts and their Tehsils. 24th April, 2012 was the day of great importance and joy for the residents of Nowshera when Hon’ble Chief Minister, Jenab Omar Abdullah along with Sh. Madan Lal Sharma, Hon’ble M.P., Sh. Radhey Sham Sharma, M.LA. Nowshera-Sunderbani.
Director Colleges, Dr. Muqbil Chishti, Nodal Principal, Jammu, Satinder Singh and Principal GDC Nowshera, Prof. S.P. Chopra while inspecting the construction work of college building Honb’le Minister for Higher Education, Labour and Employment, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir, Jenab Abdul Gani Malik has sanctioned Rs.13.67 Crores for the construction of College building. I fell much proud that during my tenure as principal the dream of construction long awaited college building came into being. I wish an early completion of the same.
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.