T he college is named after Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, ‘The Iron Man’ the architect of modern India. It was established in 1948 as the first degree college of erstwhile Himachal Pradesh. Now it is among the best colleges of the state dedicated to the cause of learning. Since its inception, the college has endeavored to harmonize the streams of tradition and modernity in its functioning. It aims at imparting education that will inculcate a sense of devotion and service among the students.
The college has registered tremendous growth in enrolment over the Years. Starting with 70 students on its roles, the number increased to 4963 during the last academic session.
This college took lead in starting commerce classes in 1965 and evening classes in 1966. In the year 1984, it became a post graduate institution. Sensing needs of the changing times, the college started a professional course (B.B.A.) under self financing scheme and vocational subject Biotechnology in the year 1996 at under graduate level. Further, B.C.A. course under self financing scheme was introduced in 2001 as a move to strengthen vocational stream and provide more opportunities to the students. B.Ed. was started in the year 2005 again under self financing scheme with an aim to impart quality teacher training. The college, at present, offers various U.G. courses in the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, Computer Applications, Management and Education (B.A., B.Sc. Non-Medical, B.Sc. Medical and B.Sc. with Biotechnology as a vocational subject, B.Com, B.B.A., B.C.A. and B.Ed.)and P. G. courses in the subjects of English, Hindi, Economics, Mathematics, Political Science and Commerce.
The career-oriented Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma courses have been introduced as Add-on Courses parallel to the existing conventional degree programs in Floriculture, Mushroom Cultivation, Apiculture. Retail Management, Computer Application, Journalism & Mass Communication. These courses can be opted by students of any stream. Foundation Course in Human Rights Education has also been started from the academic session 2009-2010.
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) under Self-Financing Scheme is being started from this academic session i.e. (2012-13).
The college has very experienced and highly qualified faculty members, actively involved in disseminating knowledge and skills to the students. It has well developed facilities for effective teaching-learning environment. The College has a good library with 38184 books. A circulation of 7 newspapers in Hindi, 5 in English and 40 journals and magazines enrich the students and teachers as well. Library also has a Book-Bank which helps the poor SC, ST students.
Library has been shifted to New Library Block and its automation has been initiated. The college has already procured SOUL Network version from INFLIBNET Ahmadabad. New Library Block has a well equipped Conference Hall to conduct conferences and seminars.
The college has well furnished laboratories in the science faculty The college has well furnished laboratories in the science faculty and in the departments of Geography, Music and Computer Applications. The college has a full branch of S.B.l., a canteen, a counter of the post office and Basket Ball field in the campus. There is a girl's common room constructed with the financial assistance of the Old Students Association and Parents Teachers Association under V.M.J.S. scheme which caters to the recreational needs of such students.
In the field of sports and physical activities too, the college has achieved a mark of excellence. It provides excellent facilities for various sports. It encourages indoor and out-door games, adventure sports and cultural activities.
It also provides options to students to join N.C.C., N.S.S. and Rovers & Rangers. These extra-curricular activities help students to imbibe a spirit of dedication, discipline and labour which help in the holistic development of their personality and groom them into better citizens.
The college also has a study centre of ICNOU which offers a variety of academic and professional courses such as CIT,CFN, CTE, DECE, DNI-IE, PGDRD, DTS, B.A., B. Corn., B.C.A., B.T.S., B.S.W., M.A., M.A. (Rural Development), M.B.A. Etc. Training on BPO & ITES skills for college students is likely to be started from this academic session in collaboration with the department of Information Technology Govt. of Himachal Pradesh.
Over the years, the College has shown consistently good results as compared to HPU pass percentage.