Krishnarajanagar has been planned and constructed in 1934 to relocate the submerged village ‘Edathore’ due to the construction of Krishnarajasagara Dam (KRS). The place is honored being planned by legendary ‘Sir M Vishweshwariah’ under the instruction of his highness Shri. Nalvadi Krishna Raja wodeyer. It is the commercial and educational center for many villages.
The college was established as ‘Municipal College’ in housing boards in03-08-1971, by the constant efforts of M.Basavaraju (MLA) and K S Gowdiah. The college obtained affiliation from University of Mysore. Under the leadership of founder Principal J.R.Nanjundegowda BA, BSc and B.Com courses started and 80 students enrolled. 5.16 acres of land was granted by Municipality under the president ship of K.S.Sannaningegowda. Construction work of building was initiated by then Chief Minister. D.Devraja Urs.
By 1980 the student strength of the college crossed 500. Principal P.Mallegowda’s effort resulted in the construction of three new classrooms and main gate in 1983 by the donation of Shri.Veerendra Heggade, Dharmasthala. At the same time college got recognition from University Grants Commission (UGC).
The college was taken over by the Government of Karnataka in 06-02-1990. It was renamed Government First Grade College. The institution registered constant growth in terms of number of students within few years crossing four digit number. With the constant efforts of college staff and local community college improved its service by adding new combinations. For many years our College single handedly served the need of higher education in the area.
Under the able leadership of Principal Dr. N. Nagaraju institution reached new heights. He dreamed of converting a rural college into a place of quality education, where PG and Distance education is available along with regular UG courses. His vision and efforts in this directions paved way for their realization. Introduction of new courses, construction of open air theater (Aniketana), construction of additional classrooms, establishment of study center of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) are few of developments during the period. He initiated the process for, introduction of PG courses and construction of separate buildings for science and commerce departments, obtaining grants from UGC for construction of Women’ hostel. College went for NAAC accreditation process in the year 2004 and obtained ‘C’ grade. In the recent years college has gained momentum in the direction of development due to the abundance of financial assistance from both State Government and University Grants Commission. College has 2(f) and 12B status.
College has about two thousand (2000) students mostly from the surrounding villages. Most of the students are from economically poor, socially backward and illiterate family background. The situation poses challenges in terms of educating them, and also provides opportunities in the form of maximum flexibility to mould the personality and future of students. College has succeeded fairly in this regard. For more than three decades our institution was the only source of higher education for the student pool of surrounding areas. Various clubs provide ample opportunity for the students to express their talent. Natural talents of rural students like cultural activities and sports are tapped more effectively. The achievements in sports and cultural events, is reflection of this.
Institution updated itself to the recent needs and challenges by introducing new courses and acquiring new infrastructure. The Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) course is enjoying much popularity among students. College has the distinction of introducing Criminology and Forensic Science subject in Arts stream. Recently Public Administration and Journalism courses are introduced. At PG level one batch is already in final semester of Master of Social Welfare (MSW) course, and M.A in Kannada course has started and on student from the first batch got University rank.
The science departments who were functioning in rented houses shifted to newly constructed ‘Science Block’ in the main campus. Now all the science departments have the entire necessary infrastructure for their functioning. All the modern lab equipments, ICT tools are available in the institution. The college library has very good number of books ranging all the subjects.
Institution has well qualified pool of teachers for all the subjects. With very high teacher student ratio they have more responsibilities to take. But the dedication and hard work of the staff can be seen in the results and infrastructural developments co-curricular and extracurricular events. The support of College Development Council, the active involvement of local community leaders and personalities is commendable.