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 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. 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. In 1986, it was 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, students' strength, faculty position, encouraging students' performance & academic research. All stakeholders including the students, the teaching fraternity, the non-teaching staff, the alumni and the college authorities have been straining every nerve to do their best for the growth of the institution in its glorious journey of more than four decades.
Today, Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar, is one of the most prestigious institutes of Higher Education in the State with a legacy of excellence in teaching, learning and research. The college was re-christened as DERA NATUNG GOVERNMENT COLLEGE in the session 2001- 02 to commemorate the versatile contributions of the visionary, iconic and illustrious leader Dera Natung, who served as the most dynamic and outstanding Education Minister in the State. The college has been re-accredited by NAAC with C Grade in 2019.