Nalbari College is one of the premier colleges of Assam. Established way back in pre-independent era (in 4th July, 1945), this college has taken a pioneering role in shaping and promoting higher education in the entire lower Brahmaputra valley. In the beginning, the college was affiliated to the Calcutta University, but in 1948, when Gauhati University was established, it came under the academic jurisdiction of the latter. The college received the UGC recognition under Section 2(f) in 1962. Beginning with a modest number of only 28 students, today it has a sizable strength of about 4420 students (including Higher Secondary programme). Spreading over 16 acres of land, the college has a built up area of approximately 8 acres.
Nalbari College is a multi-streamed co-educational institution imparting education right from Higher Secondary to PG level. At present it offers UG programmes for 09 Humanities & Social Science departments and 07 Science departments and PG programme for Assamese and English. Being aware of the issue of employability of its pass outs, the college offered two UGC sponsored job-oriented programmes like Travel and Tourism Guidance and Disaster Management. Further, since 2013, the College with approval from the University, has introduced two more professional courses i.e. Bachelor of Physical Education (B.P.E) and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.Sc. IT) on regular basis. Nalbari College is probably the first college to start B.P.E in entire Assam. From the last session the college has started two new self financing courses i.e. Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) and from the current session the college has decided to introduce PG programme for English.
In order to facilitate those students who cannot pursue regular education the college offers distance learning mode through its affiliating centres of Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL), Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University (KKHSOU) and Assam State Open School (ASOS). The issue of employability is in the prime agenda of the college. Therefore, in coming years the college is prospecting to introduce more and more such programmes which would provide employment opportunity to the students.