Situated in the foothills of historically famous ‘Devarāyana Durga’ in South Karnataka, Tumkur is popularly known as ‘Shaikshanika Nagari’, and ‘Kalpataru Nādu’. The name of the city echoes at national level for its contribution to the field of ‘Education’ by Sri Siddaganga Math and other eminent educational institutions.
In the year 2009, when the twin colleges, Government Science College and Government Arts College were handed over to Tumkur University, the district head quarter had no government college for two years to cater to the educational needs of rural students of the district. In order to fill this gap, Government First Grade College, Tumkur was started in the year 2011 and it is affiliated to Tumkur University.
The college had a humble beginning and started operating from a corner of a century old building of Government High School. There is a saying – ‘Well begun is half done’. In its very first year itself the college created a record when it saw 954 students answering their roll call. Since then the college is observing marked increase in student strength year by year. One and the only reason for this is committed and hard work of the Principal/s and the staff. Within 5 years of its inception, the college could move to its own campus sprawling over an area of 5 acres.
Present total student strength of the college is 3420. Out of 430 Government Colleges of Karnataka, very few have 3000+ student strength, and we are proud to say that our college is one among them, making us one of the fastest growing colleges in the state. This has made the higher authorities of DCE to look at our college with special consideration. With 15 teaching departments, the college is offering UG courses in 5 disciplines – Arts, Science, Computer Applications, Commerce and Business Management. Library, Placement & Training Cell, Youth Empowerment Cell and Department of Physical Education are offering other supporting services. In an era where the government educational institutions are looked down upon, our college is one of the most sought after colleges in the state.