Not a very long while ago, Banaskantha District as a whole suffered from age old backwardness. Particularly, backwardness in the field of education was so glaring that once it was described as a 'God -forsaken Country '. Euphemism may still hold good. When the merger took place, Banaskantha District was a land of native states, estates, principalities and jagirs. It was divided on political lines and each native state had its own inimitable style of functioning and its people were moulded accordingly. The merger of princely states brought into being Banaskantha District, as it is today. The process of unification was sudden. Palanpur was made district head quarter. The new challenges arose for Palanpuris. One of them naturally was to provide educational institutions of excellence. Opening up of a college was the principal subject discussed among elite circles of the town.
It took almost fifteen years to materialize the shared views. Some of the Palanpuris, mainly freedom-fighters, lawyers, teachers, retired officers and some leaders from other walks of life gathered with a firm determination to begin first an arts college, with a subsequent desire to add up other faculties such as science and commerce. Thus commenced B.K.Arts College with hundred students in June-1964. Just after a year Science faculty was added and from June -1979 Commerce courses also commenced. So, by June-1979 the institution became B.K.Arts, Science and Commerce College.
There was acute paucity of funds during first 15 years. Albeit, 9 acres of land was acquired during this period, no funds were available to raise suitable infrastructure. All the three faculties were seated in an old rented building which could hardly accommodate ever -increasing student strength. Members of the District Kelavani Mandal were not only worried, but concerned. They approached Jain diamond tycoons of Bombay, originally hailing from Palanpur, for financial help. The response was over-whelming. They were prepared not only to donate generously, but wanted to become members and trustees with the clear intentions of making our institutions so good as may be comparable with other institutions of excellence.
Accordingly, the constitution of the Mandal was amended in 1979, funds were made available. Foundation stone was laid in 1983 and a huge building was erected by 1986.Faculties of Arts and Commerce were shifted to the new building in 1986.Eventually the laboratories were constructed and Science faculty also moved to the new building. Meanwhile, considering the very size of the college, bifurcation of the colleges became imminent. Consequently Arts, Science, and Commerce College was bifurcated into two separate colleges -(1) Arts College (2) Science and Commerce College. As per the wishes of principal donors, they were named as-
R.R.Mehta College of Science and C.L.Parikh College of Commerce
Thus, G.D.Modi College of Arts became one separate college in 1996, formally. Presently, its student strength is over 2000 and they are seated in huge building measuring over 59000 Sq.feet.
The college results at UG and PG level regularly outpace the University’s average results. The students of the college get placement mostly in academic fields as well as in the police and the army. A number of students have also joined government administrative services after clearing competitive exams.
GDMCA inculcates a strong set of values amongst its students through various activities conducted by its NSS and NCC units and through several other cultural and academic activities. Every year, the college’s NCC arm participates in the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi; and participates in other national expeditions and training camps. The students of this college shine in the sports arena too, participating in various inter university competitions; and have made their mark in cricket, hockey, net ball, football, judo etc.
We take great pride in the fact that we were the first in the entire North Gujarat region to go through National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accreditation process in 2004; and were once again reaccredited in 2014 with Grade “B” and AAA accreditation with Grade “A”.
The Women’s Development Centre of the college is a platform involved in counselling and sensitising students towards their rights, obligations, responsibilities and liberties, which will eventually help them grow into responsible citizens.
Certificate courses in English Speaking, English Grammar, Sanskrit Speaking, Poetry and Story Writing in Gujarati.