The Government Ayurvedic College is the pioneer institute of Indian system of medicine, in the entire North East India. It was established in the year 1948. The college is situated at Jalukbari, at a distance of 800 meter from the National Highway. Previously the College was affiliated by Gauhati University, Assam and still the old batches of students have been continuing their work under this University. After establishment of Health University in the state, the teaching, research and examination etc. of the College have been brought under Srimanta Sankardeva University of Health Sciences, Assam w.e.f. 2010 and the syllabus & curriculum prescribed by the Central Council of Indian Medicine, the statutory body of Indian System of Medicine, adopted by the University.
Initially there was 4½ years diploma course which continued up to 1973. The enrolment of students was 25 per year and the Govt. of Assam, constituted a Board i.e. Board of Ayurvedic Medicine, to frame rule-regulation, syllabus, curriculum and also to conduct the examinations. Thereafter with the support of student strength, teachers and employees along with public pressure the college authority introduced degree course and in the(month of November,1974, the two year pre-Ayurvedic course started before the main 5½
year BAMS degree course under Gauhati University, Assam. After two years of introduction of the pre-Ayurvedic course, the pre-Ayurvedic passed candidates and the P.U. Sc. (presently HSSLC Science) passed candidates were eligible for admission into the BAMS course which was introduced in the year 1977. In the year 1983, the pre-Ayurvedic course was abolished and HSSLC Science students were admitted directly on the basis of merit having minimum 50% marks in P,C,B&E(Physics, Chemistry, Biology & English). Now the candidates have to appear in a Common Entrance Examination test (CEE,Assam) and according to the basis of merit the students get admission in the B.A.M.S. course. In the time of starting of degree course, there were only twenty enrolment of students and it was increased to 25 and 30 in different year successively and in the year 1995, the intake capacity again increased up to 50, where 6(six) seats were allotted for NE states (1 seat for each state). Recently 1 more seat has been allotted for students from foreign countries. At present four Professional final examinations are being held annually maintaining a duration of 4 years of main course under Srimanta Sankardeva University of Health Sciences, Assam as per C.C.I.M. prescribed syllabus and curriculum, then one year compulsory rotatory internship is necessary to complete the 5 year degree BAMS course.
Two undergraduate departments (1) Kaya chikitsa & (2) Sanskrit Samhita and Siddhanta had been upgraded to PG dept. in the year 2001, and presently four more departments have been upgraded to post graduate department in the year 2014. Currently, 24 post graduate seats have been allotted to these six different departments as following-
Moreover the college has been conducting a two year D. Pharma (ayu) course since1989 with the intake capacity of 20. The Eligibility for admission into D. Pharm(Ayu) is 10+2 (science stream) qualification on merit basis.