Government College for Arts
Government College of Art is one of the leading colleges of Fine Arts in India and the only one in North India beyond Delhi. It has a history and heritage of 142 years and has been in existence for over 55 years in the present building. It came upon 16th August 1951 as a splinter of Mayo School of Art, Lahore in Pakistan after partition. It was first established as Govt. School of Art and Crafts at Shimla, the then capital of Punjab and subsequently Govt. The College of Art and Craft in Chandigarh was established by the Punjab Government on 16th August 1951. Following the reorganization of the Punjab State with effect from 1st November 1966, the control of this institution came under Chandigarh Administration. Govt. College of Art is an institute for advanced training in Visual Arts (Creative and Applied) leading to the professional Degree program of Bachelor of Fine Arts & Master of Fine Arts from Panjab University. The objective of the teaching program and training in the college is to achieve overall refinement of the students' perception not confined to the skills of the profession alone but also to create the right kind of intellect, as well as emotional cultivation to arrive at a level of composite creativity and thought.
In terms of infrastructure, the college takes pride in being one of the best wherein all the modern equipment and technology are provided to the students for making them cognizant of the latest tools. The college has large and spacious studios with the unique provision of natural lights which happens to be the signature style of Le-Corbusier, the French architect, who is the creator of the first beautiful city Chandigarh with modern architecture representing ushering of India into the modern era.
The institution is situated in Sector 10-C, adjoining the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, at a distance of nearly 2 km from the local Bus Stand in Sector 17 and 10 Kms from the railway station. It has own campus sprawled over 10 acres adjacent to Govt. Museum and Art Gallery. Chandigarh is called 'The City Beautiful' with clean air, gardens, and the center of education and learning. It has been rated as the most liveable city in the country- has University, the best medical facilities and the best climatic conditions. Chandigarh is 250 km from Delhi, approachable by air, rail, and road.