The college is named after Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, ‘The Iron Man’ the architect of modern India. It was established in 1948 as the first degree college of erstwhile Himachal Pradesh. Now it is among the best colleges of the state dedicated to the cause of learning.
The college has registered tremendous growth in enrolment over the Years. Starting with 70 students on its roles, the number increased to 4963 during the last academic session.
This college took lead in starting commerce classes in 1965 and evening classes in 1966. In the year 1984, it became a post graduate institution. Sensing needs of the changing times, the college started a professional course (B.B.A.) under self financing scheme and vocational subject Biotechnology in the year 1996 at under graduate level. Further, B.C.A. course under self financing scheme was introduced in 2001 as a move to strengthen vocational stream and provide more opportunities to the students. B.Ed. was started in the year 2005 again under self financing scheme with an aim to impart quality teacher training. The college, at present, offers various U.G. courses in the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, Computer Applications, Management and Education (B.A., B.Sc. Non-Medical, B.Sc. Medical and B.Sc. with Biotechnology as a vocational subject, B.Com, B.B.A., B.C.A. and B.Ed.)and P. G. courses in the subjects of English, Hindi, Economics, Mathematics, Political Science and Commerce.
The career-oriented Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma courses have been introduced as Add-on Courses parallel to the existing conventional degree programs in Floriculture, Mushroom Cultivation, Apiculture. Retail Management, Computer Application, Journalism & Mass Communication. These courses can be opted by students of any stream. Foundation Course in Human Rights Education have started from the session 2009-10.
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) under Self-Financing Scheme started from 2012.