Government College, Baramulla, situated at a distance of 51 Km towards north-west from the summer capital of Srinagar, is emerging as a premiere institution of higher learning in Kashmir, which over the last six decades has been imparting higher education to the people of this region. Over the years the college has produced men and women of eminence who have been contributing towards upliftment of the society in various spheres of its activities.
An English medium school, founded by the Catholic Missionaries at Baramulla, by Father Ignatius Brower and Rev. Father Simmons in 1905 and was upgraded to High School in 1913 and then gradually upgraded to the status of Intermediate College in 1938 and eventually to Degree College in 1943. Government College Baramulla was affiliated to Punjab University Lahore. It was closed on 27th Oct. 1947, re-opened on 28th June, 1954, as Intermediate college, affiliated to the then University of Jammu and Kashmir and further upgraded to Degree college in 1956. The college was subsequently taken over by the State government on the 1st of April, 1963.
Government College Baramulla attributes much of its success to the rich cultural heritage of Baramulla district in general and Baramulla town in particular. The college is located in the lap of a hillock, 4 Km ahead of main town on Srinagar-Uri National Highway road Baramulla. The high literacy rate in the town, its multi-ethnic character, tolerance and inter-community brotherhood has had its impact on the healthy growth of this institution which has proved a beacon of light for others to emulate.
The college offers Bachelors general courses in Science, Humanities, and business studies.
The institution apart from the routine teaching activities has a lot to offer to its students for all round development of their personality. Students are encouraged to participate in curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities. Symposia, debates, discussions, seminars, dramas and competitions on different areas of social, cultural and academic importance are organized. Inter and Intra-college competitions are conducted, wherein the students are exposed to multifold cultures and ideas.
Add-on-courses are available to the bonafide students in Apiculture, Data Care Management, Social work and Still Photography.
Students participates in inter-house, inter-college sports activities which offer them a chance to play in inter-university sports activities. Adequate library with internet facilities are available.Hostel accomodation is available to off-station male and female students. The college is connected to EDUSAT on the national beam maintained by ISRO and state EDUSAT also.
The College offers Post-Graduate Course in Mathematics. Masters in Computer Applications offerd by the University of Kashmir is also housed in the college campus.
Career Counselling Cell of the college provides literature and counselling for varoius career advancement opportunities. Under-Graduate courses in media offered by the college give the institution a mark of distinction. The courses involve project work which highlight current issues prevalent in the state.Study centres of IGNOU and MANUU (Maulana Azad National Urdu University) provide education through distance mode to students studying various under-graduate and post-graduate courses.
Students get themselves registered with NCC and NSS units for varied in-campus and out-campus activities of great educational importance.
1. The college was the first in valley to start BCA course in year 2000.
2. The college is the only institution in J&K state at UG to run the following mass media related courses :
a). Mass Comm. and Video Production (MCVP) since year 2001.
b). Mass Comm. and Multimedia Production (MCMP) since year 2004.
3. The college is only UG institution in state with EDUSAT facility hooked to national beam , whose hub is at ISRO, Ahmadabad.