The Government Degree College Kulgam, a co-educational rural college was established in the year 2004 in four rooms of Govt. Higher Secondary School Kulgam and began its maiden session by admitting 596 students. Class work was initially conducted in open sky under the shade of a Chinar tree. Infrastructure in the form of 12 classroom Arts Block came to existence in year 2006 which again was insufficient for accommodating 2400 students at that time. College authorities strived very hard by moving from pillar to post for improving the infrastructure and diversity in the courses and finally success was achieved. A two-storey administrative block was constructed, presently housing Principal’s office, Establishment section, IT section and Library. The Science block was constructed and handed over to the college in 2017. Nine (9) classroom block, old library block and two 2 room huts were transferred from school education department to the college in 2010. To cope up with the demand for additional classrooms, 12 classroom block was constructed and put to students use. Foundation of Auditorium-cum-Library Block has already been laid. Construction of Girls common room is at final stage.
Delivering quality education by continuously augmenting the course strength is a prioritized strategic Endeavour of the college. The college started functioning with only nine subjects of Arts and Social Sciences. The college presently offers around thirty subjects under different programmes including professional (BBA, BCA), non- professional (BA, BSC, BCOM), UGC sponsored Add-on courses, Vocational courses under RUSA, Short- term courses and Skill Enhancement Courses introduced under CBCS in 2016.
The college has a very beautiful campus spreading over 92 Kanals of land. Most of the sports activities are being organized within the campus.
The College has all necessary laboratory equipments for improving teaching-learning process. The college campus is Wi-Fi enabled. There are around 21000 books in the library. Three spacious computer laboratories and Browsing Centre with modern state of art facilities and sufficient power backup are functioning in the college. 50KVA solar power plant provides power to important sections of the college.
At present the College has 36 permanent and 90 Academic Arrangement faculties for catering to the needs of more than 6000 students.
The college is on its way to broaden the entire spectrum of Higher Education in the light of modern perspectives under the dynamic leadership of Principal Dr. Nazir Ahmad Simnani.