Mandya is one of the important districts of South Karnataka known for its world famous Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) which is the green-belt and considered to be the sugar bowl of Karnataka. Under the initiative and vision of His Highness Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar of then Mysore State and his Diwan Sir M. Vishweswaraiah for imparting higher education of excellence to state subjects, University of Mysore came into existence in 1916, thus opening an era of distinctive education in the part of erstwhile Mysore state. No wonder that the learning centres started springing up in and around the capital city –Mysore.
The Government College of had its inception in 1948 at Mandya as an intermediate college with a broad view to provide higher education to rural masses at affordable cost and convenience. College got permanent affiliation to University of Mysore in the year 1990-1991. Due to the thinking and vision of knowledgeable for education, a mass movement was started from generous contributions and donations from the public, for acquiring lands to a new college. A vast area of 31.8 acres of green land got earmarked for the purpose, at the western end of town, close to the Mysore-Bangalore main way. Foundation stone for the building was laid in 1952, by no less a person than His Highness Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar. The government college came into administrative control of Collegiate Education in Karnataka, in the year 1961 as per the general policy of the government. In the year 1963, the college was upgraded to encompass degree courses.
The college got into the 2F and 12B of UGC in the year 1992 and got autonomous status in the year 2005-06. In 2005 it got the NAAC accreditation with a grade of “B+” and got the re-accreditation from NAAC with “A” grade with a CGPA of 3.11 in the year 2010 (2nd cycle). It has now applied for the CPE status. Now institute has re-accredited from NAAC with “A” grade with a CGPA of 3.22 in the year 2016 (3rd cycle).
The Goverment college got approval from government as a Mandya unitary university, Mandya at 2019. Government Appointed a special officer Dr. M S Mahadeva Naik to developing Mandya University for growth factor.