Vivekananda Government Degree College (VGDC), Vidyanagar, located in the heart of the city of Hyderabad, affiliated to Osmania University, is one of the oldest Higher Education Institutions in Hyderabad. The college was established in the year 1966 as an evening college, Swami Vivekananda Education Society (SVES) Telugu Kalasala (Evening) under the chairmanship of Dr. Marri Chenna Reddy, former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, and Acharya Khandavalli Lakshmi Ranjanam, an eminent scholar and educationist as the secretary. The SVES, Telugu Kalasala was a composite college offering PUC and UG courses in Arts and Commerce. It was taken over by the Government in 1982 and named as SVES Government Telugu Kalasala (Evening). In compliance with the Government of Andhra Pradesh's policy, the college was converted into Day College in 1990 and named Vivekananda Government College, Vidyanagar. In 2002, PUC was bifurcated and was renamed Vivekananda Government Degree College and B.SC (MSCs) was introduced to the existing BA and B.COM streams. The college was accorded recognition under 2(f) and 12(b) of the UGC Act in 1970.
The college provides tertiary education to deserving youth in a secular environment and is committed to serve the cause of economically weak and socially underprivileged students. During the last five and a half decades the college has grown from strength to strength and presently facilitates 1700 students to access higher education.
The College was accredited by NAAC with CGPA of 2.10 at ‘B’ grade in the year 2015 with 8 UG courses, 10 staff members and 565 students.
The College adopted the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the academic year 2016-17. New UG programs in BA, B.COM and BSc with many combinations were introduced in the academic year 2018-19 including Life sciences; in 2019-20, BBA was introduced along with MOOCS courses. Presently the college is offering UG programs in BA, B.Com., and B.Sc. The curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities focus on equipping the students with value based and skill-oriented education.
The college is in two blocks, with spacious classrooms, laboratories and a Library with a reading room and an e- corner. The Telangana Skill Knowledge Centre (TSKC), the MANA TV, NSS are some of the support services provided by the college.
There are 36 experienced teaching staff, a Librarian, a Physical Director and 23 members of non-teaching staff to help in the maintenance and smooth functioning of the college. The overall academic, administrative and financial responsibility of the college is vested with the Principal.