The college was established in June 1966, the birth centenary year of Gopal Krishna Gokhale and is named after him. The college is permanently affiliated to Karnataka University, Dharwad. It has Arts and Science faculties leading up to the final year degree courses.
The college has an independent building. Besides, it has a canteen, a cycle shed, an indoor games hall, a Student Consumer Society and an administrative wing. There are six Staff quartersin the campus. The chairman’s quarter serves as a guest-house of the college.
The college has well-equipped laboratories in Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. It has a separate and spacious Library Building, named after Dadabhai Naoroji. The college office is equipped with latest computers.
The college provides NCC and NSS training to students. In the University examinations, the results of the college have been satisfactory. The College has to its credit many University Blues and rank holders. The college has been reassessed by the NAAC Team and reaccredited at the B-level with CGPA 2.82.