Established in July, 1973 by Sh. Kesho Dass of Pathankot with the co-operation of some enterprising, enlightened and foresighted people of the area, was initially named after its founder, Thakur Kesho Dass College which fullfilled the long cherished dream of the people in the catchment area of approximately 25 Km. in its periphery for imparting higher education to their children. On the strong public demand, the state Government took over this college on Aug. 15, 1984 and rechristened as Govt. College, Dhaliara. The College initially started with Humanitites in 1973 introducing Science (NM) in 1989, Commerce in 1996 and Medical group in 1999. A new chapter was added to the history of this college when it was granted permission to start post graduate classes in the subject of English & Hindi in 2001 and Economics in 2017. The college has introduced Geography in CBCS under UG programe from the session 2017-18, Geology form the session 2018-19 and Computer Science from the session 2019-20. College has started M.Sc in Physics and Chemistry and M.Com from the session 2020-21. The College is also introducing Sociology under UG Programme from the current session.
Located in the serene and sylvn environment about 400 mt. away from Dhaliara market on Dharmshala-Chandigarh road, this college is an ideal place for learning. The Pong Lake in the fore front and Shivalik hills in the background, lend it an aura of Asharams of yore which were known for their Guru-Shishya Parampara. The college can boast of its vast infrastructure, well equipped laboratories for Medical and Non-Medical streams of Science faculty, a big library with SOUL software INFLIBNET facility, career guidance cell, two units of NSS, two units of Rangers and Rovers, one unit of NCC, Gymnasium, a well furnished girls common room, four well equipped computer labs with internet facilities, two big playgrounds for sports and other co-curricular activities, Modern Conference Hall and a Canteen.
Keeping in view, the importance of Information Technology, Computer application and Management in the scenario of globalisation, BCA, PGDCA & BBA classes were started from July, 2007 and 2008 respectively under Self Financing scheme. A study centre of IGNOU was alloted to this college in the same year for promotion of academic and professional courses to the students through Distance Education.The college has also introduced MBA from the session 2020-21.
The New Science Block is facilitating the students with a new library, a multipurpose Hall and a Computer lab with internet facilities. The college is accredited by NAAC with B-Grade. The College has constituted various societies and clubs which provide platefrom to the students in different fields. One of the integral part of the college is Parent Teachers Association which comes forward to assist developmental activities of the college. This college due to its geographical location is providing higher education to the students of Jaswan Pragpur, Dehra, Chintpurni and Jwalamukhi consituency.