Government Degree College Sopore

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Government Degree College Sopore
گورنمنٹ ڈگری کالج سوپور
Motto من الظلمات إلى النور
तमसो मा ज्योर्तिगमय
"from darkness to light"
Type Public educational institute
Established 1951
Principal Prof(Dr.) Mushtaq Ahmad Lone
Location Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Affiliations University of Kashmir

Government Degree College Sopore (Urdu, گورنمنٹ ڈگری کالج سوپور) is an educational institution located in the town of Sopore in the Baramulla District of Jammu and Kashmir, India and is one of the reputed institutes in Jammu and Kashmir.[1] The College was established in 1951 to provide higher education to the students of the area. It is one of the oldest institutes in the valley of Kashmir and is National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accredited.[2]

About college[edit]

The Sopore College makes the following claims:[3]

The college was founded in 1951 and in 1970 it became affiliated with the University of Kashmir.
The college, intended to meet the needs of the poor and lower-middle class families located in and around the town of Sopore, is the biggest co-educational institution in the Kashmir valley. Maintaining the zeal to offer opportunities to those who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend college, their emblem is “Minnaz Zulumati illan Noor” (English: “from darkness to light”). Funding is provided by the state government.
The college faculty includes are 31 permanent teachers, 4 of whom have their M.Phils. and 8 have their Ph.Ds. Of the 31, 19 are men and 12 are women. Additionally, the college contracts from a pool of 60 teachers to meet any staff shortage needs.
38% (1478) of the total college students are girls, with a total of 3949 students. The number of girls attending the school has increased since the Islamia Women College in Sopore closed.

The college has one main building. The other buildings are geo science building, commerce and management studies building, laboratory building. The college has also a library, with a reading room where students read newspapers, magazines etc. There is also a decorated auditorium.


The college offers courses a wide range of courses, such as Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Commerce and is affiliated with the University of Kashmir.[2] It has also adding additional "add on" courses to their curriculum to meet the better meet the market needs for employed and self-employed works. The aim is to develop "career and market-oriented" training that broaden the students skill set.[4]

Noted archaeological find[edit]

In 1990 a group of geology students studied soil strata with Dr. A.M. Dur and M.S. Lone and happened upon exposed elephant tusk in the village of Galandar in the Pulwama district. Further excavation resulting in the find of an additional elephant tusk, skull and other fossils and remains which were examined by Dr. Mohammad Ismail Bhat at Kashmir University. Stone tools found in the area and the presence of percussion marks on the elephant skull indicate that the elephant was killed by humans with primitive tools. The remains are considered to be at least 50,000 years old and may be as much as 10 million years old. The remains are the first clear evidence that there may have been human in South Asia during the Paleolithic age.[5][6][7]

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Dr. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi, Professor at Kashmir University[8]
  • Engineer Rashid (MLA Langate)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gupta, Ameeta and Ashish Kumar, Ashish Kumar (Chartered Accountant.) Handbook of Universities, Volume 1. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers and Distributors. p. 380. ISBN 81-269-0607-3.
  2. ^ a b Government Degree College, Sopore. Minglebox Communications. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  3. ^ College Profile. Government Degree College Sopore. Retrieved August 2012.
  4. ^ Sopore College introduces Ad-on Courses
  5. ^ Together with English Core. Rachna Sagar Pvt. p. 8.
  6. ^ Elephant fossil found in Kashmir. The Tribune. 6 September 2000. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  7. ^ Competition Science Vision: Unfolding an ancient era November 2000. p. 1161. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  8. ^ Rafiabadi, Dr. Hamid Naseem. (editor). Challenges to Religions and Islam: A Study of Muslim Movements, Part 1 New Delhi: Sarup & Sons. p. 1486. ISBN 81-7625-732-X.

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