Government College Chamba was established in in the year 1958.The College is affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and has switched to Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for Under Graduate classes from academic session 2013-14 under the guidelines of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). GC Chamba was accredited with ‘B+’ grade by NAAC in August 2016.
Chamba is remarkable among hill district for its historical background and natural features and for centuries had princely state of Raja before it came to district of Himachal Pradesh. The district derives its name from the principal town, which was in the days of the rajas, the seat of a durbar, and is, now the headquarters of the district administration. As regards the town came to be called Chamba, the popular traditions that the town was named by its founder, Raja Sahil Verman, after his daughter Champavati, because it was in compliance with a wish of his daughter that the site of the town was selected by the raja. The original name, believe to have been Champa, from Champavati, may be taken to have distorted, in time to Chamba. Historical Chamba town is situated at the bank of ancient flowing and rippling Iravati (presently Ravi) river, and is at a distance of about 28 Kms, 54 Kms, and 120 Kms, from ‘Mini Switzerland’ (Khajjiar) of India a world famous tourist place, Dalhousie and Pathankot town (Punjab) respectively. The legendry town Chamba has tremendous history and heritage with the glorious past surrounded by attractive and enchanting mountainous ranges and with numerous ancient temples, the town is not only rich in artistic and cultural glamour; but it is also a symbol of ancient Indian glory for many tales like the sacrifice of Queen’s life for the betterment and prosperity of people of erstwhile princely state of Chamba.
Due to its farness from the materialistic tendency of modem civilization, this town is lagging in education especially in higher education. To overcome this short coming, in the year 1958, Govt. degree college Chamba was started with handful of students and lecturers in the heart of town in Akhand Chandi palace. Now, this PG College Chamba is well established with a principal, 38 Associate/Assistant Professor, one librarian and 28 other employees.Initially, all the classes used to run in the Akhand Chandi Palace of the town.
But later on January 15, 2015 the college was provided with a new building at Sultanpur by Government of Himachal Pradesh where all the UG courses are being run today whereas IGNOU Study Centre, Post Graduate classes in five disciplines, B. Voc courses in two trades and other Self Finance courses still run in the old college complex at Akhand Chandi Palace. Government Post Graduate College, Chamba has got it distinction for graduation courses in Arts, Commerce and Science subjects and Post Graduate courses in Economics, History and English and newly introduced PG courses for Political-Science and Hindi from current academic session under Himachal Pradesh University.