Dera Natung Government College was established at Itanagar on 6th day of September 1979 with its erstwhile name ‘Government College, Itanagar’ with an objective of imparting higher education to young and inquisitive men and women of the state at a point of time when the opportunity was scarce in the locality. The founders had an ambitious endeavour not merely to make it a centre of offering Degrees but also to let the youths explore new areas of knowledge, providing a platform for budding leadership in all walks of life, preparing them for future challenges in personal and social spheres and grooming them as competent human resources who in turn could promote the high social ideals such as equality, social justice, communal harmony and cultural plurality. During its 36 years of glorious existence, the students, the faculty members, the non-teaching staff and the college authorities have been working towards these ideals and goals and presently it remains one of the premier institutes of Higher Education in the State with a legacy of excellence in teaching and learning process. The college was re-christened as DERA NATUNG GOVERNMENT COLLEGE in the session 2001- 02 to commemorate the voluminous contributions of the visionary and illustrious leader, late Dera Natung, who served as one of the most dynamic Education Ministers for all round development of education in the State.
The college initially started in Govt Higher secondary School building Itanagar, and fulfilled the educational pursuits of a handful of students with four departments viz. English, Hindi, Economics and History in the evening shift. In 1986, it relocated to its present sprawling campus with a huge Administrative and Academic Block and continued both in the night and the day shifts till 1990 when the Night shift was finally done away with. Since then the college has made a splendid progress in terms of infrastructure, student strength, faculty position, encouraging student performance & academic research. The college has been re-accredited by NAAC with B Grade in 2012.