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Bhalessa Degree College- A milestone for hitherto unreached

The decision made by the state Governemtn for the setting up of Government Degree College at Kilhotran Bhalessa is a milestone in the history of the area. The setting up of the same was log pending demand of the people. Formenrly, the area was brought und

The decision made by the state Governemtn for the setting up of Government Degree College at Kilhotran Bhalessa is a milestone in the history of the area. The setting up of the same was log pending demand of the people. Formenrly, the area was brought under the preview of IGNOU Programmes for the popularisation of education in the area.
Full of awe aspiring mountains and having a huge potential of tourism industry here, The narrow road snaked its way through towering slopes, throwing up enormous clouds of dust. It passed by little hamlets, comprising a couple of houses built around pagoda-shaped mosques and box-like temples with sloping roofs made of corrugated iron Bhalessa is known for traditional communal hormony. Owing to the commitment and mutual understanding of the Hindu Muslim secular heritage the nefarious designs has been wiped and local inhabitants diverted their attention towards the higher objectives. Bhalessa has a rich history. The area derived its name from its people Bhalay Loug (The right people with right destiny)- The people working and inhibiting without any political mileage.The two communities continue to live together in the same towns and villages in relative peace, beside the fissiparous tendencies of nefarious designs prevalent here.Bhalessa is full of meadows popularly known as Dhar like Kanthi, Soin Bhagar, Roharhi, Dagan, Bal Padri, etc. the area is mountainous, it has umpteen number of trekking routes which pass through places with unbelievable captivating scenic beauty The place is a comfortable base for trekkers and mountaineers.
Haji Sahib, a Sufi who was held in considerable respect and reverence by many local Muslims as well as Hindus and a master mind behind cementing the hormony and brotherhood in the area. The school is till the tenth grade and is affiliated to the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education. Most of the roughly 1000 students come from poor families, and the fees are relatively low. Numerous very poor children receive education free of cost. The school has a number of Hindu students, and almost a tenth of its teachers are Hindus, the rest being Muslims. In addition to the school, Haji Sahib has set up a madrasa, the Jamia Ganiatul Ulum, which has some fifty students training to become ulama or Islamic clerics. Most of these children are from impoverished families, and in the madrasa they receive free education, boarding and lodging as well as the possibility of a job as a religious specialist once they graduate.
An epitome of peace and brotherhood late Gh. Rasool Azad and his associated faternity including Nil kanth parihar, Mir Munwer din, Mohd shafi Mattoo, Prof. Ummer Din, Munshi Ram Chand Parihar, Ghulam Nabi Rather, Habib Malik contributed for the maintainence of secular heritage of Bhalessa. Besides this, the tettering educational affairs of the area was shaped by the then Director Education Ghulam Rasool Azad who belongs from the area. Packed with outstanding achievements, Ghulam Rasool Azad left no stone unturened to revamp the education system of the area. As ill luch would have it this legendary man not reamined among the people.
At this moment, Bhalessa has been revealed as a hub of education as the introduction of new institutions of higher learning and increases impetus on the information technology and professional education. IGNOU and some other organisations has started churning several industrially employable graduates from the area.
The local people has requested the state adminstration to name the same college after a legendary educationist of the area- Late ghulam Rasool Azad.