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About Sir M. V. Govt. Arts and Commerce College
The antecedents of Sir M V Government Arts and Commerce College, Bhadravathi are interesting. The institution was established forty years ago in 1968-69 by the Bhadra Education Society carrying the name Bhadra College. The college which began functioning in the New Colony Welfare School was shifted to an alternative campus on the New Town Board road shortly afterwards. Prof. R B Nayak was the founder Principal of the college. The BA course was started in 1968-69 itself and in 1973-74 the B Com degree course was introduced. To cater to the needs of the industries and equip the students in modern management skills BBM was introduced in the year 2001-02. The two premier industries of the town, the Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Limited (VISL) and the Mysore Paper Mills (MPM) took over. The two premier industries of the town, the Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Limited (VISL) and the Mysore Paper Mills (MPM) took over the management of the college in 1975. The institution was shifted to the present campus in 1976 and the VISL very generously donated the entire property worth Rs 5 crore meant to house an Apprentice Training School to the institution. The college was renamed as the Sir M V Arts, Commerce and Science College. The campus, which is spread over 5 acres, is spacious and well appointed. The statue of Sir M Visvesvaraya, the visionary engineer-statesman nestles in the midst of a small garden, inspiring faculty and students alike. The college possesses spacious and airy class rooms, an extensive library which is being constantly updated, adequate sports facilities and well-furnished and separate staff rooms for the faculty. The institution also has access to an indoor auditorium, the Kala Mandir, an open-air platform, separate parking facilities for students and staff and a clean canteen. The BSc degree course was introduced in the college in 1976-77. The institution grew from strength to strength and in the year 1986-87, the college was bifurcated keeping in view the massive student strength. The Sir M V Science College was shifted to a new building in Bommanakatte area while the Sir M V Arts and Commerce College continued to function in the existing campus itself.With the popularity of the institution increasing, the VISL and MPM managements decided that in view of public interest it would be better if the government took over these colleges. Consequently, the government of Karnataka took over the two sister institutions in the year 1995. In the year 1998, the college achieved the status of a Grade II college with the student strength crossing the one thousand mark. The first College Development Council was established in the year 2000-2001. The institution has joined the mainstream of higher education institutions by offering itself for accreditation by NAAC. Having applied for accreditation for the first time in the year 2003 and having been accredited at C++, the college made firm efforts to qualify itself for a better grade. In January 2010, the institution offered itself for re-accreditation and was awarded the B grade by NAAC, a pointer to the vast improvements in infrastructure, academic activities and overall institutional advancements.