Government Autonomous College, Phulbani, established in the year 1960, is situated in the heart of a backward tribal district, Kandhamal in Odisha. It was a premier Institution in the erstwhile tribal district of Boudh and Phulbani under the nomenclature of Government Science College Phulbani. The College was originally affiliated to Utkal University, Bhubaneswar with subject affiliation of all major subjects in the faculties of Arts and Science. After the establishment of Berhampur University in 1967 in the South Zone of Orissa, the College was affiliated to this University under the nomenclature of Government College, Phulbani. In 1991, the College got the status of a Lead College and subsequently U.G.C. conferred Autonomous status on the College in 2004. Post Graduate affiliation was received for P.G. in Political Science in 1980. Later in 1990 B.Com. classes were introduced and M.Sc. in Life Sciences was introduced in the year 1994.
The College was selected as a Study Center of Indira Gandhi National Open University in 1989-90. Support services for students like N.C.C. , N.S.S., Red Cross, SC / ST Pre Employment Coaching Centre, Project Genesis Training facility (INFOSYS) are available to cater to the needs of the students.
At present the College provides teaching facility in Arts, Science and Commerce at Under Graduate level, and P.G. teaching facilities in Anthropology, Economics, Life Sciences, Physics and Political Sciences. There are 18 teaching departments with a student strength of 875. There is one P.G. Hostel, one Under Graduate Hostel and one Ladies Hostel which provide accommodation for 280 students including 120 girls students.
The College is located in the lap of idyllic natural surrounding in a valley surrounded by lush green hillocks and a murmuring river “Salunki” which provides educational inspirations to the young minds pursuing their studies in this august Institution. The College is poised for prosperity and is dedicated to disseminate knowledge, higher education in the midst challenging circumstances.