Set up in a sylvan setting on the Hill Top overlooking the mighty Siang River, Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat is the oldest institution of higher learning in Arunachal Pradesh.

The College started functioning on the bank of river Siang in the barracks of Assam Rifles from 3rd July 1964; and was, later on, shifted to its present site on the Hill Top in 1967, situated at a distance of 3 km from Pasighat town. Initially, the College started with 8 faculty members and 42 students, and only courses in ‘Humanities’ were taught. Today the College has a teaching strength of 67 faculty members including six guest faculty and the student strength has gone beyond

In recognition of its contributions to the mission of man making in the state in the last five decades Jawaharlal Nehru College was re-accredited with “A” grade, the highest such grade accorded to any academic institution in the country, by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore in the year 2014. This college became the first and only college in the state affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University to be conferred as“COLLEGE WITH POTENTIAL FOR EXCELLENCE” (CPE) by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi in 2010. The College was also selected to start Community College from the academic year 2013-14.