Billawar gets its name from the Billawaria Dynasty which ruled the place in from 16th century. BILLAWAR is situated on the banks of rivers, Ujh and Bhinni . It is the tehsil headquarter (District Kathua). It is surrounded by Shivalik hills and is famous for pilgrimage spots like Sukrala Devi, Bala Sundari and ancient Shiva temple. Places which fall in the neighbourhood of Billawar and are tourist friendly are Bahsoli, Thein Dam, Mansar, Machhedi . Bahsoli in particular is famous for its ancient pahari miniature paintings.Billawar is also one of the most educated areas of Jammu division with one of its town Bhadu with 100% literacy.

              The Govt. Degree College Billawar (Deval) was established in the year 2005 in Tehsil Billawar district Kathua. The college became a recognized and affiliated college under 2(F) 12(B) of UGC Act. 1956, in 2007. GDC Billawar is a co-educational institution of higher learning to fulfill the needs of people of this hilly and rural area. Since its inception, the college has been an epitome of academic excellence, adhering to the ever changing aspiration and the needs of student’s community. The college has produced its batches of B.A part-III in 2008, 2009 with high a percentage of 100% and 95% respectively.


Billawar is Tehsil HQ. It is also known as BALAUR.  Billawar was founded by Raja Bhopat Pal in 1598-1614 and it remained capital of Basohli Rajas. The descendants of the Royal family are known as “BILLAWARIAS”. The town has some ancient monuments. The Billawar Town is situated on the Bank of NAAZ, BHINNI and UJH Nallahs. Billawar has a great potential for ecotourism.



College Building



Government Degree College Billawar is the only government institution which is imparting higher education in the streams of Arts, Science, Commerce, BCA and Computer Applications in tehsil Billawar. The college has been recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 2f and 12 (B) and is permanently affiliated to the University of Jammu. The college is eligible to receive grants from UGC and other central agencies for developmental and other academic oriented activities. The college has received grants from UGC up to the tune of Rs. 877.75 lacs and more is in offing. Though college is young one, having been established in 2005, efforts have been made at providing better infrastructural and academic facilities.