Located on the idyllic Hill Top duly complemented by the stunning views of River Siang, Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat, is enviably the oldest institution of higher learning in Arunachal Pradesh. The college made its academic sojourn with just 42 students and 8 faculty members in Arts stream in the barracks of Assam Rifles on 3rd July 1964 and was shifted to its present site in 1967 to create a benchmark on its own.

Sprawled opulently over two campuses i.e. the upper campus and the lower campus, the college creates the perfect ambience for teaching-learning away from the humdrum of city life. While the upper campus, just 3 kms away from the centurion town Pasighat and 1 km from the lower campus, houses the administrative block, teaching departments and library, the lower campus is primarily the residential area both for students and staff.

Although Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat, remained the lone institution of higher learning in the state till 1978, today when many more colleges in the state have come up, it still remains the most sought after institution for the youngsters who repose faith in its academic splendour and take pride in its imposing eminence. As imparting quality education remains the main plank of enterprise at Jawaharlal Nehru College, no stone is left unturned here to prepare the students for a brighter horizon that they often dream of during their youth.It goes to the credit of the college that its alumni cover the coveted Who’s Who list of the state in various fields.

After more than five decades of its historic existence, today the college proudly nurtures around 4000 students every year, ready to take on the challenges of present time with intellect and vigour. They are chiselled with precision to carve a niche for themselves by a team of more than 65 dedicated faculty members drawn from different parts of the country and the state having expertise in their own field of research and teaching. With a platter of 13 subjects to choose from 3 different streams viz. Arts, Science, and Commerce, the students enjoy ample academic flexibility. Till date, the college has consistently maintained its leading position in providing the best infrastructural facilities to the students with skill enhancing computer education, and a very rich library that is the repository of some of the rare publications of North-East India.

In the noble endeavor to further the cause of Higher Education in the state, yet another feather was added to the annals of glory of the college by introducing Post Graduate programmes in the department of History, Geography, and Hindi with intake capacity of 25, 15, and 20 seats, respectively.

The potential of the college got an academic boost by becoming the first institution of higher education in the state to be accredited (Cycle 2) with Grade ‘A’, by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), in the year 2014. It previously earned the reputation as the first and the only college in the state affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, to be conferred with “COLLEGE WITH POTENTIAL FOR EXCELLENCE (CPE) status by University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, in 2010, and the same was re-conferred in 2014.