Government Arts College for Men, Udumalpet was established in 1971. It is affiliated to Bharathiar University. When it was established, it was the only college in the district. Now it benefits the first generation learners who belong to socio-economically and educationally backward sections of the society in Nilgiri District. A majority of students come from remote areas.
Courses offered include Bachelor in Arts (BA) in Economics, Bachelor in Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics, Master of Arts (MA) in English and Economics, Master in Commerce (MCom), and Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry. The BA Economics and B.Com degree programs were started later. The College has 12 academic departments with 90 faculty members, 15 of whom have research degrees in their respective disciplines. There are 1686 students of whom 121 have enrolled for Master’s and Research degrees. Certain job oriented courses like Travel and Tourism, Plantation Management and Wild Life Management may be introduced as inter-disciplinary programs.
The college has strong co-curricular activities like N.C.C., N.S.S., Youth Red Cross and sports. 350 volunteers have been registered in N.S.S. The notable activities of the volunteers include organizing a rally to raise the Kargil soldiers’ welfare fund, Orissa cyclone Relief Fund and creating awareness of wildlife care. N.C.C. cadets have been involved in clearing the debris in Mudumalai forests to prevent pollution and forest fires. They have helped the police in security arrangements during general elections. Students have been very active at the university, national and international level sports and games.