The college has a lush campus with gardens and campus pond. The edifice virtually stands on the river Cauveri. The campus and buildings are having ancient and modern architectural features. The faculties of various departments are actively engaged in research and in developing innovative teaching methods. This College was formerly named as Government Arts College
. Then it was changed as Men College as a Women College was started in Kumbakonam. Considering the need for providing to women in higher education on an equal footing, the State Government declared it as a coeducational institution and renamed it as Government College
in 1996. In 1987 it was granted the autonomous status and since then it is known as Government College (Autonomous). The detailed profile of the college is presented in the annexure.
The location significance of this college is singularly felt as is is drawing learners from the adjacent constituencies, where rural, semi-rural and suburban feeder institutions of higher secondary learning abound. Its presence is so academic that is transmits the academic compulsions over to the feeder schools giving them the ideal scope to aim it.
The library of this college has a unique collection of 1, 85,000 vols to boast, which nevertheless is fairly ancient; with a Sanskrit and Hindi ‘detachment’, presently in utility for the language departments of Tamil and English. In the clammy delta climate the maintenance is a challenge to be met with due assistance from funding bodies.
The celebrities of this college are no bygones. The spirit of the place is ever active. It is to be noted that this institution turning 150 must be duly attended at par with university of its stature.
The current academic enterprises involve creative, comparative, inventive translational and research works in Humanities and Sciences as indicated department wise