Government College Kottayam is an arts and science college run by the state government of Kerala, India. It is affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University and is located in Nattakom, close to Kottayam in central Kerala.It was established in 1972 and is situated in a campus on the outskirts of Kottayam.From its beginning with three undergraduate and pre-degree courses, the college has evolved into a major higher educational institution in Central Kerala with a research centre, five postgraduate programmes and ten undergraduate programmes. The college functions under the Department of Collegiate Education, government of Kerala and is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam.The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarded 12B status to the College, in the first cycle of accreditation and A status on the second cycle of accreditation conducted in 2016.HistoryGovernment College Kottayam was established by the government of Kerala in 1972. The college was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Kerala, Hon. Sri. C. Achuthamenon. Foundations for the new building were laid in 1976 and it was inaugurated in 1980. New blocks were constructed in 1987 and 2007 and a women's hostel in 2012.Today the college has Smart class rooms, Edusat, computerized library, INFLIBNET, and laboratories. Three new courses, M A Politics, M Com and B A English, were started in 2012.U ndergraduate and postgraduate programmes are offered under the Choice Based Credit and Semester System of Mahatma Gandhi University. Along with the regular degree programmes, students can obtain a second degree qualification in a vocational subject under the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme of the government of Kerala.