The fort city, Chitradurga is a center Place on the map of Karnataka. It is famous for its historic and pre-historic Values. The famous inscription of the Great Emperor Ashoka of the Mourya Dynasty is located in Siddapura Village in Molakalmuru Taluk of this District. Similarly, the inscription of the period of Mayura Varma of the Kadamba Dynasty is located in Chandravalli, a place on the outskirts of Chitradurga City. This inscription is also called Chandravally inscription which is the next important one after the Halmadi inscription in the history of Karnataka. The magnificent rocks and sprawling hillocks of Chinmuladri Hills on which the famous seven-round forts are built by the palegars of Chitradurga have earned a sobriquet of “FORT CITY” to this city. It has been said that Buddhist Monks were residing in the beautiful caves of Chandravally from where the Jogimatti Reserve Forest Starts.
In this fort city which was a small town earlier, an intermediate college got started by the then Government of Mysore in 1948 and named later as Govt. Arts and Science College. Later it was upgraded as Degree College affiliating to the University of Mysore. The unwieldy strength of students warranted Govt. to bifurcate it as Govt. Arts College and Govt. Science College. New buildings were raised on the site adjacent to National Highway-4. The present spacious land accommodates these two colleges on the Campus of about fifty acres. Now the college is an independent First Grade College affiliated to Davanagere University, since Chitradurga happens to be a backward district, students who hail from poverty-stricken mofussil areas cannot afford to pay donations and increased amount of fees for the college education. Govt. Colleges are a unique opportunity for them. Hence the Govt. Arts College has been serving the real public interest and Social Justice.
At present, the college houses three UG Courses BA, B.COM, and BBM/BBA and we have a separate P.G Block to run seven P.G Programmes, MA in Kannada, History, Political Science, English, Economics, Sociology and M.Com Our College caters primarily to the needs of rural SC, ST, and backward students. The great majority of the students come from rural areas both for U.G and P.G Programmes. The College has 2395 UG and 306 PG Students, 38 permanent faculty members, 74 Guest Faculty, and 17 Supporting staff. Top Priority is given to achieve and ensure academic excellence and professional skills. To fulfill these priorities we have adequate infrastructural facilities.
The College underwent the Assessment by the NAAC in March 2003 and accredited with “B” Grade. NAAC assessment has helped us in recognizing our strengths and weaknesses. Internal Quality Assurance cell was established in 2004.
The college is affiliated to Davanagere University and recognized under 2f and 12B of the UGC act. The Institution was last accredited by NAAC Grade B with CGPA 2.71 in 2015. It was conferred autonomous status in the year 2015-16.
Education World All India Ranking 2020-2021 Under the Category of Government Autonomous Colleges, Government Arts College is ranked 29th in All India Level and Ranked 7th in Karnataka State Level.