About the College

Govt Arts College was established in the year 1886. It is situated in the heart of the Bangalore city. During the British Rule it was known as the collegiate high school and was called the intermediate college in 1927. In the later period after 1956 it came to be famously known as GAS College. i.e., Govt Arts and Science College. In 1971 Arts  and Science was bifurcated.

This college has played a vital role in transforming the youth into socially concerned and responsible citizens. Justice Nitoor Shrinivasa Rao was a student of this prestigious institution. The father of the nation Mahathma Gandhiji visited this college in 1915. The auditorium of the college is named after him.

Most of the students of this college come from deprived castes and classes and sometimes are even the first generation learners. The college organizes various co-curricular activities to enable overall personality of its students.

GAC is one of the most preferred govt colleges in Bangalore. We endeavor to provide all students with the opportunity to develop further and gain qualifications in a caring and supportive environment. We have a long history of being recognized as a college at the heart of the local community, this is further highlighted by our extensive range of courses which attract a diverse range of individuals to the college year on year.

At the college, we offer the courses most suited to our students' requirements; it is our drive to help them achieve their potential and to provide the individual with the opportunity to gain qualifications and progress to Higher Education if they wish to do so. The College was accredited with 'B' Grade by NAAC, in 2003, re-accredited with 'B+' Grade in 2010, in 2014 with B++. In 2023 the college is reaccredited with A+ Grade with CGPA of 3.29, the highest points scored by any government institution in Karnataka. With this, the institution now has the distinction of only government institution with A+ Grade among all the Government First Grade Colleges in Karnataka that too in its fourth cycle of accrediatation.

Our aim is to accomplish academic brilliance and professional aptitude; to inculcate a sense of social concern and integrity so as to mould our students into responsible, morally upright and socially conscious individuals. We uphold national integration, non-violence and secularism.

If you are looking for a college which values the individual and can offer an excellent learning environment then we invite you to come and take a closer look at our college.

Improving the quality of our students' performance, achievement and experience is also very important to us. If you are looking for a college which values the individual and can offer an excellent learning environment then we invite you to come and take a closer look at our College.


Engaging in constant pursuance of quality resource for accomplishing excellence in higher learning to nourish a sense of self-reliance, commitment and concern in the learners with a spirit of service.


Facilitating ethical higher learning ambiance while fostering a sense of inclusiveness, social justice, gender sensitization, tolerance and universal human-hood thereby promoting for transformation of the first generation learners into dynamic and empowered youth force.


  • To maintain consistency in providing healthy and research friendly academic environment for higher education learners.
  • To expand avenues for the learners with more subject options keeping in mind  the number of aspirants  for Graduate, Post-graduate and Research programs in Arts, Commerce and Management.
  • To provide equal and fair opportunity for all the learners to achieve their personality specific knowledge or skill at making  them a properly placed potential human resource.
  • To motivate the learners adopt the quality of peace and tolerance.
  • To sensitize students upon burning issues like global warming, gender inequality and make them the part of inclusive education.
  • To facilitate students with changing e-technology.
  • To make better usage of the available facilities to provide students with learning resource and training, to meet the local and the global challenges.
  • To maintain 'transparency' in curricular, co-curricular and administrative matters to the stakeholders.

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