Government Holkar (Model, Autonomous) Science college, Indore was established by, the then King of erstwhile Holkar state Hon'ble Maharaja ShivajiRaoHolkar in June 1891. The visionary king selected Mr. Cholmondeley from UK as its first principal.The college started with the best talent available in teaching in India and abroad. At the time of opening of the new building of the college, the manager of the state stressed the need of girl education.The king could foresee that conservatism and dogmatic religious beliefs would soon give way to scientific outlook and rationalism. With the increasing number of students and multiplication of disciplines,the college was split into two separate and independent units. One of these two colleges was designated as Govt. Arts and Commerce College while this college retained its prestigious original name i.e. HolkarCollege. It continued to be housed in the old college building. Ever since its inception the institution has striven hard to fulfill its promises of providing quality education to produce thoughtful, intelligent and competent human beings capable of facing the challenges of the life bravely. The alumni of the college have occupied prestigious positions in almost every walk of life. Perhaps this is the only college which produced Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India Hon’ble Justice R.C.Lahoti and Chief Justice of Pakistan Hon’ble Justice Alvin "Bobby" Robert Cornelius.The father of Justice Cornelius was a faculty member of the college. At present, the institution is imparting education in science with the emphasis on scientific research.
The college has the privilege to be visited by VVIPs like Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru (First Prime Minister of Independent India),Dr.S. Radhakrishnan, Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam (Former President of India),Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma (Former Vice President of India), Shri L.K.Advani(Former Home Minister of India) and almost all the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh.Besides these dignitaries, the college also witnessed the presence of Shri Prithviraj Kapoor (Actor), Shri Hemant Kumar (Singer), Shri Anil Biswas (Music Director), Pt.Madan Mohan Malviya (Indian educationist), Shri Shard Joshi (Poet), Mrs. Malti Joshi (Literature) etc. to name a few.
During the course of its journey, the college remained affiliated to Calcutta and Allahabad Universities. At present it is affiliated to Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalya (DAVV), Indore which has recently been accredited as “A” grade university by the NAAC, Bengaluru.The college has also been accredited as “A” grade by NAAC in the year 2016.
In view of the quality of education provided by the college, the Govt. of M.P. recognized this college as a Model college in 1985-86. In the year 1989, the UGC found it fit to be an autonomous college and ever since then the college has been a full-fledged autonomous institution (in both at UG and PG levels). In the session 2001-02, it was also given the status of being a "Center for Excellence" by the Government of Madhya Pradesh
Govt. Holkar Science College is a prominent college of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Students from all over the state and the neighboring areas covet admission to this prestigious co-ed institution. The college is committed to adhere to its original motive of "widening the horizon for the people" by means of imparting them adequate education. The college envisions the all round development of its students as mature and thoughtful human beings and responsible citizens of our country. The mission of the institution is to widen the mental horizon of its students by means of qualitative, value-aided and career-oriented education so that they may cope well with the emerging competitive world of science and the policies. The college campus is surrounded by a boundary wall that covers an area of about 35 acres of lush green land.
The college imparts education in various fields of science both at UG and PG levels. The courses at UG level viz. B.Sc. and BCA run through 6 semesters (three years) while PG courses with CBCS (M.Sc.) run through four semesters (two years). M.Phil. comprises of two semesters (one year). The Ph.D. programs have to be culminated within specified limit as suggested by UGC. All these courses have been duly affiliated to DAVV. The college offers undergraduate (B.Sc.) program with 22 different subject combinations, post graduate (M.Sc.) program in 14 subjects and M.Phil. and Ph.D. in 6 subjects respectively. The college also runs IGNOU study center which offers a number of courses at various levels.
For slow learners the college holds problem solving sessions/remedial classes. The college also arranges free coaching for the aspirants preparing for various competitive examinations. The college has Vivekanand Career Guidance Cell and a Placement Cell which offer career guidance to the students. In order to facilitate the imparting of quality education, the college keeps updating its laboratories and library all the time.
The college has drafted its Research policy, IT policy, Green policy, Policy of Professional Ethics Development,Women Empowerment Policy distinctly. Due emphasis is given to the observance of ethical values and enhancement of professional skills. To deal with ragging on the campus, the college follows the zero tolerance anti-ragging policy of the State Government.
To instill spirit of social service, discipline and patriotism, the college has two separate (Men and Women) units of NSS and three units of NCC. An independent Red Cross Cell is also functional on the campus. Besides these, students are also nominated in various committees where they are exposed to the functioning of the institution, thereby imbibing the qualities of accountability, fearlessness and leadership.
A number of faculty members of Holkar Science College are nominated on the academic, research and examination committees of the DAVV and other universities. The experience thus gained and shared plays a significant role in the mutual development of the institution.