Government First Grade College came to be established in 1982 with the sole intention of making higher education accessible to the students of the region. Earlier students had to go to distant places like Chikmagalore, Mangalore, Shimoga, Mysore or Bangalore such cities in order to fulfill their aspirations for higher education. But, the same was beyond the reach of common people. Students from lower rung of the society were bereft of the education for this reason. In such a scenario, educationists, political leaders and philanthropists of Koppa made consorted efforts to get a government first grade college sanctioned. As a result, the dream of getting a degree college at Koppa was materialized in the year 1982.
Government First Grade College, Koppa is located in a place which has a unique historical importance in Karnataka state. Koppa, which is at present a Taluk headquarter in Chikmagalore district is known for its invaluable contribution to the promotion of culture and heritage of Karnataka State. The town is situated nearly 100 km from the district headquarters and about 70 km from the University headquarters, namely, Shankaraghatta, Shimoga. The place is historically very important, being only about 30 km from the Sringeri Sharada Mutt and just 12 km from Kavi Shaila, Kuppali, the birthplace of the famous Kannada litterateur, Kuvempu. Various institutions and individuals over many centuries have been promoting education, art, culture, literature, and social harmony, spirit of sacrifice, agriculture and spirituality in this region.
The College has been quenching the intellectual thirst of hundreds of students every year for more than two decades. With each passing year, student strength of the institution has been on the rise and this appears to be a clear testimonial for its quality education. Since its inception, the institution has been making a steady progress both at the level of curriculum and infrastructure. At present, there are 18 classrooms, a library, a multi- purpose hall which serves the need for an auditorium, 3 staff rooms, 2 laboratories, a playground, a computer lab, women’s waiting room and a canteen.
In addition to the Under Graduate courses, the college commenced a Post Graduate course, Master of Commerce (M.Com), in the year 2011-12. This was in response to the huge demand for a PG course in commerce in the recent years by the students, parents and people’s representatives of the region. Even with the limited infrastructure and in the absence of enough regular teaching faculty, the students of the Postgraduate Department of Commerce have fared well in the university examinations. The result of the institution is on par with that of the University.
In the future, the college wishes to serve the academic needs of more number of students with its quality education. It would like to be a leader in the field with more number of Post Graduation courses and better Under Graduation courses. Let the dream come true!