Government Arts College for Men , Krishnagiri is a renowned educational institution with a long tradition and stupendous achievements. It provides a salubrious and inspiring atmosphere to every eager aspirant who wishes to pursue any course of study to achieve upper mobility in the society with sound career at hand. Many an influential person found at Krishnagiri are mostly the alumnae of this college. It disseminates quality education with time-tested values to whoever come to its fold like a citadel of an ever-shining monarch. Ever since its inception, the college has been fashioned and fortified to produce many a number of success personalities, impeccable scholars, radiant –tycoons and notable statesmen. In short, it is a boon to the under privileged and downtrodden of this locality.
Situated at a strategic position on the Krishnagiri-Chennai highway, 6 km from the heart of Krishnagiri town, it serves tirelessly to the backward community like a beacon light. It was founded in 1964 with a main objective to uplift the people of Krishnagiri whose chief occupation was to till the field and reap the corns not knowing much about the fruits of education and social progress.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu His Highness M. Bakthavachalam laid the foundation stone and it had its beginning with only four courses. In 1965, the degree courses; B.A Tamil, B.A History and B.Sc Maths were offered. With the munificent help of the donors such as; big shots, traders and the affluent people of this area, a new building was built for the college in 1970. In the academic year 1971-72, B.A English and B.Sc Zoology were started. In the very next academic year B.Sc Botany was introduced. In the academic year 1976-77, semester system was introduced. Two years after B.Sc Physics was introduced. With the introduction of P.G Botany and P.G Mathematics in 1980-81, the college was upgraded as senior grade Arts College. With the commencement of M.Phil (Botany), the college was recognized as the Research Institution by Madras University in the academic year 1984-85. In two years, the part time M.Phil (Botany) course was converted into a full time course. In the academic year 1990-91 B.Sc Chemistry was introduced. In the same academic year the college was affiliated to Periyar University as it came under the jurisdiction of the same. In the very next year B.Sc Chemistry was introduced. After ten years, B.Sc Computer Science was introduced. In the academic year 2003-2004, under self-financing programme the following courses were started; B.B.A., B.Com., B.Litt (Tamil, B.Sc (Microbiology), B.Sc (Chemistry), M.Phil (Tamil) Full time/ Part time and Ph.D (Tamil) Full time/ Part time. However, these so-called self-financing courses were absorbed into the regular stream in the academic year 2005-06. In the first cycle, the college was accredited by the NAAC with the credit of C++ in Feb 2005. In the academic year 2007-08, shift system was introduced in the college by the State Government of Tamil Nadu. Accordingly, degree courses such as ; B.Sc Chemistry, B.Sc Computer Science, B.Com, B.B.A and B.litt (Tamil) were started. In the academic year 2003-04, Computer Literacy Programme (CLP) was made compulsory to all non-computer major degree students. In the academic year 2008-09, Arignar Anna Centenary block was constructed.
In the same academic year Language Lab for English Department and a new Laboratory for Chemistry Department were set up. The Choice Based Credit System was introduced in the very same year as well. In the academic year 2010-11 onwards, M.Phil (Full time), Ph.D (Full time) in Mathematics has been launched.To the sole benefit of the aspirants of the locality, M.A English Literature, M.A. Tamil Literature, M.A. History, M.Sc Chemistry and M.Sc Computer Science have been started since 2012-13. The introduction of B.A. Economics, M.Sc Physics, M.Sc Zoology, the Part time / Full time M.Phil in Zoology took place in the academic year 2013-14. The new courses that gained entry in the academic year 2014-15 were M.Phil programme (Part time / Full time) in English and Physics. As such, the college offers 14 under graduate programmes and 10 Post Graduate programmes. Seven departments offer both part-time and full-time M.Phil and Ph.D programmes. During 2017-2018 M.A Economics Programme Introduced.The college strives to achieve the overall development of the students whoever obligingly keep pace with the ideological, philosophical, educational studies of the institution. It aims at the multi-faceted growth of the students. Besides achieving academic objectives, the institution indomitably endeavours to shape the characters of the students which arc undisputably essential for the sustained growth of every individual. Gokhale stresses its great significance and valued it on par with other academic achievements.