Established in 1944 as Sambalpur College, the name of the institution was changed to Gangadhar Meher College in 1949 after the name of the illustrious Oriya poet. It is situated in a tribal dominated part of Orissa and strives hard for excellence in its way to fulfill its goal and mission since then. Basically, it aims at educating weaker sections, which constitute half of the population of Western part of Orissa. Basically, it aims at educating weaker sections, which constitute about half of the population of Western Orissa.
The college has been functioning as an Autonomous College since 1991 and managed and controlled by statutory and non-statutory bodies, as prescribed by the University Grants Commission. The autonomy of this institution has been extended up to 2013-2014 by the UGC letter No.:-F.22-1/2009(AC)/April 2009, basing on its academic reputation , co-curricular activities, quality of institutional management and responsiveness of administrative structure.The college has been identified as 'College with Potential for Excellence'(CPE )by the U.G.C. since 2004-05 and it has been extended up to end of XI Plan period.It is also NAAC accredited with B-Grade since February 28 2005.This Institution is fully committed to its aims and goals and taking good care of students.