1st. June 1944 is a red letter day in the annals of the history of higher education of women of Jammu and Kashmir as the first women college of Jammu region under the name “Maharani Mahila College” was established on this date. The College represents a vibrant repository of the historical twists and turns of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the progression of the women of the region. The College through more than seventy seven years of service to the society has quietly brought about a significant transformation in the outlook of women with regards to their participation in various developmental pursuits of the region. The vision of empowerment of women conceptualized at the time of inception of the College has fructified in to a reality now, as they are presently participating shoulder to shoulder with their men counterparts in all areas of engagement in the society. The vision and mission statement of the college outlines the empowerment of women through sustained curricular engagements and multitude of extracurricular activities. Besides protracted curricular landscape the extracurricular pursuits (sports, NSS and NCC) have been and continue to remain distinctive thrust areas for achieving the converted goal of women empowerment. The College is of firm belief that the real empowerment of women shall be attained only when they are physically strong, mentally tough, educationally competent, politically active, temperamentally assertive and economically self-reliant. The endeavour is to cultivate all these attributes through active participation in sports, NSS, NCC, Yoga etc.
Sports have always been the medium to inculcate skills of leadership, team spirit, competitiveness, resilience and emotional grit. The institution has internalized a robust sports culture prompting the students to remain enthusiastic to participate in different events at intra/ intercollege, intra/interuniversity national or international levels. The whole host of trophies adorning the college is a testimony to the fact that students have participated with complete dedication, discipline grit and purpose in various sports events at multiple level. In the last five years participation of the students in International and National Sport events marked remarkable achievement for the college. In the year 2020-2021 in International arena the students received Brown Belt in individual event of Karate in Japan and Gold Medal in individual event of Grappling in Bhutan. In the same year students wonNational level Karate, Grappling, Climbing and Judo Championships. At the State level students bagged positions in Karate, Cycling and Wrestling and won 1st position in Inter University Volleyball Championship. In the year 2019-2020 student of the college won International level Judo championship. Students bagged positions in National level Judo, Grappling, Wrestling, Korfball, Karate Championships and Rural National Games. Students won under State and District level Grappling, Muaythai, Basket ball, Badminton Championships. In the year 2018-2019 student of the College brought laurel by winning International level Grappling Championship and at National level students bagged positions in Karate, Basketball Championship. Students brought laurels to the college in several State, Inter University and District level sports like Grappling, Handball and Karate Championship. In the year 2017-2018 students of the college won International level Talent Search Sports and Climbing Championship. In the National, State and District level in the same year students bagged positions in Korfball, Rural games and Handball Championship. In the year 2016-2017 students bagged positions in International long cycling events and in the National and State level students won Koresh, Korfball and Lawn dodge Championships.
NSS unit of the college strives to inculcate a sense of responsibility and sensitivity in students towards the society by organizing various activities. The NSS volunteers get to imbibe the experiences of the celebrations and unpleasant happenings in the society by participating in such activities. Villages have been adopted by the NSS volunteers to have first hand information about the management of various aspects of life in rural dispensation. Blood donation camps, environment awareness campaigns, visits to orphanage centers, visits to the homes of destitute, road safety campaigns etc are organized to develop a sense of compassion and fellow feeling in students thereby groom them into citizens confident of themselves and ready to help others in the times of need.In the last five years NSS volunteers tirelessly participated in various activities and observed significant days of the year to spread social message. Their contribution in Sadak Suraksha , JeevanRaksha, World Forest day, World Population Day, awareness program on Breast Cancer, Plantation Drive in the community, Constitution Day, Gandhi Jayanti, National Girl Child Day, Health and Awareness programmes, participation in Civil Defense Camp, 15 days Swach Bharat Abiyan, awareness drive on Conservation of Water Bodies at Gharana Wetland and Cleanliness drive,celebration of Republic day, International Women’s Day, World Environment day, Independence day, awareness on deforestation effect, World Water day, World Environment day, World Population day made the institution proud.
NCC units of the College also work with the goal to infuse a sense of discipline, Nation and Nationalism in the students. NCC cadets and other students make special efforts to commemorate events of national and international importance, birth anniversaries of great persons of the yesteryears, undergo fitness training camps, participate in parades organized during the celebrations held on national days, organize mock drills to remain ready to extend help in case of some natural or accidental tragedy. They contributed immensely in celebrating significant days to spread social awareness on Republic Day, World Environment day, International Yoga day, International day of Drug abuse, World Doctors day, World population day, Kargil Vijay diwas, Plantation day, Independence Day, Ozone day, Army Flag day and many more. Apart from theses NCC cadets have shown remarkable achievements and made the institution proud by receiving prestigious awards like best cadet of J&K directorate, creativity and talent hunt programs, Sports championships, National integration camp, best march in Republic day and independence day celebrations etc.
These extracurricular activities and many more instil a sense of self confidence-a state of empowerment.