First of all, I would like to extend a hearty welcome to all the students who are joining or have joined this college for their Bachelor’s Degree. As you might be knowing that the Rajeev Gandhi Government Degree College Chaura Maidan Shimla, earlier known as Kotshera is one of the biggest colleges of State/Capital City Shimla with a total strength of more than 3400 students. It is biggest in the terms of new infrastructural set up, staff strength and inclusiveness in admission due to its co-educational nature and also due to the availability of more seats across different Programmes/Courses of Humanities/Social Sciences, Commerce and Pure Sciences. Varied job-oriented professional courses like Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), Journalism and Mass Communication, Tourism and Travel Management, and Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA) are being offered by the college to provide instant career opportunities after graduation. Several small durations Skill-Based/Add-On Courses are also run for the graduating students so as to benefit them in finding jobs immediately when they pass out.
It is a matter of great pride and distinct honour as this college has been listed under the ‘Utkrisht Mahavidyalaya Yojana 2021’. The scheme is an initiative towards boosting a holistic development of colleges that will undergo a transformative upgradation of the campus and classrooms. The college has state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities for academic and personal growth of the students through academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. In addition to the major indoor and outdoor sports, institution offers social outreach activities like the National Service Scheme, National Cadet Corps, Eco Club, Red Ribbon Club, Rovers and Rangers and Women Cell to cultivate a sense of social responsibilities among the students
The institution aims at the socio-cultural, moral and intellectual development of its students through the dissemination of purposeful knowledge and imparting meaningful education. The institution offers counselling and tutorials for all the needy students especially the underprivileged. The well qualified and experienced teaching staff encourages the creative streak in the students and their active involvement in the academic, cultural and sports pursuits. The mission of the college is to inspire, prepare and empower its students to succeed in the rapidly changing world.
Students graduated from this college are conspicuously noticeable in large numbers across all sectors in the state and abroad with their shining careers. Apart from the students, parents of these students too share their emotional affiliation with the institute that catered an important pitch as take-off runway to the careers of their children. The college being an important runaway, reminds me one famous quote of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam that says “Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.” With these words, I wish all the students a great time ahead in a peaceful learning environment of the college that lays a strong foundation for the progressive and wider career pursuits.