JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science is a co-educational College established in 1964 under the aegis of JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysore. The College was started as an affiliated college of University of Mysore with undergraduate programmes in BA, BSc, BCom, BBM and was given permanent affiliation in 1993. The College is recognised by UGC under section 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act 1956 and is receiving central assistance. The college has been functioning as an autonomous college from the academic year 2005-06. The distinctive features of autonomy are that the college is empowered to frame the syllabi, introduce new courses and conduct examinations independently. The degree is awarded by the University of Mysore.
The college is situated on a sprawling 7.08 acres plot with a spacious building and a hostel in a picturesque surrounding at the foot of Chamundi Hills. The third floor to the existing building created additional space to meet the growing needs of the college. The women's hostel has also been extended to accommodate 200 students. It has excellent infrastructure required for the pursuit of academic excellence
Since then the College is offering a total of 49 programmes in BSc and BA along with BCom, BCA, BBA, MSc (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology), MCom, MA (English, Kannada), Social Work and PhD. COCs and PG Diploma programmes are also offered.
The college has undergone assessment & accreditation by NAAC with four Star grade in 2001, ‘A’ grade in 2008 (cycle 2) & 2014 (cycle 3). In 2010, the College was recognized by UGC as ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ and continued for II phase in 2015. Further, UGC-DDU KAUSHAL Kendra was established with financial assistance from UGC. The KAUSHAL Kendra is offering B.Voc/M.Voc in Food Processing & Engineering, B.Voc/M.Voc in Software Development, Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in Animation & Multimedia under Community College Scheme.
As per the new provisions provided by UGC for autonomous colleges, a total nine PG Departments viz., Social Work, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Commerce, English, Kannada, Mathematics and Physics have been recognized as Research Centers by the University of Mysore. Govt. of Karnataka has recognized the College as Training Centre under Kaushalya Karnataka Scheme to train in 3 job roles, Animator, Editor & Baking Technician. Government of Karnataka granted financial assistance for five years to offer PG Diploma in Protein Expression and Scale-up under Biotechnology Finishing School (BTFS) in 2011 and in phase II the assistance is continued for five more years with a new nomenclature, Biotechnology Skill Enhancement Programme (BiSEP). In 2017-18 (current year), a total of 3141 students are pursuing their education in various programmes mentioned above and are well supported by 175 teaching staff and 63 non-teaching staff.
It has an enviable academic record as students secure ranks and honors almost every year in the examination. Many Alumni of the institution are successful literati, politicians, administrators and bureaucrats. They are still nostalgic and maintain emotional attachment with the institution. The college has an active placement cell and also conducive atmosphere for sports and cultural activities. It has a well maintained playground and a well equipped national level Basketball Court. Students have brought laurels to the college in Games, Multigym, Sports, Debate and Music at Inter-College and University level events. The college has an NCC wing and two NSS Units, the volunteers of which have participated in state and national level camps. Rovers and Red Cross units also have been started.
Under the spiritual guidance of H.H Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, the institution is desirous of scaling new heights in the days to come. The entire spectrum of management, staff and students are committed to put in their best to make this dream come true.
To be known as an institution providing need-based, skill-integrated, cost- effective, quality and holistic education, transforming the students into globally competitive, employable and responsible citizens and to be recognized as a centre of excellence.
To create and acquire relevant knowledge along with skills and global competencies and disseminate the same among students.
To provide holistic education through relevant curricula, programmes and pedagogic innovations focusing on employability and self-employment.
To undertake research work contributing to the creation of knowledge, skills and its applications for sustainable development.
To establish linkage and collaborations for the betterment of teaching, learning, research and extension
To provide good infrastructure, human resource and necessary support-services for the betterment of students’ progress and welfare.
To promote national integration, human rights, universal brotherhood and community development activities through inclusive practices.