Dr Shiva Nand Nautiyal Government College, Karanprayag is situated at the confluence of river Alaknanda and river Pindar on the way to the Shrine of Badrinath at the distance of 170 km from nearest  railway station Rishikesh. Karanprayag,  one of the  important town of district Chamoli, occupies   30.27’ N Latitude and 79.25 E Longitude  837 m msl on NH58 (Rishikesh -Badrinath Road)and being one of the panchprayag, with impact of Kumauni traditions  and its transitional connectivity with Kumaun  and Garhwal  since    a long back , it has great religious, cultural and historical importance.

Government Degree College, Karanprayag, was established in 1979 by U.P. Government vide G. O. No.2536/5/20/28-7-77 dated 19-9-1979 with Arts (Subjects: Hindi, English, Economics, Political Science, History , Sanskrit and Geography) and Commerce Faculties at Undergraduate level. Science Faculty with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology and Botany at Undergraduate level   was started in 2003 vide letter no 46/ Ucch Shiksha/2002-2003(81)2000,Dehradun dated 13-8-2003.

Post Graduate classes in Arts ( Hindi and Economics) were started in2006 and in Science(Zoology, Botany and Chemistry) in 2014. Two remaining natural science subjects (Physics and Mathematics) got the Post Graduate classes in 2015.

In 2015, vide letter no. Uttarakhand Shasan, Ucch Shiksha Anubhag- 7  G.O. 2691/XXIV(7)/2014/09(Ghoshna)/2012, Dehradun Dinank 25-09-2014 Government Degree College, Karanprayag was renamed  Sw(Swargiya) Dr. Shiva Nand  Nautiyal Rajkiya Mahavidyalaya Karanprayag  after the name of Dr . Shiva Nand  Nautiyal a renowned political personality, a devoted social worker, scholar with the credit of being author of many informative books on culture and heritage of Garhwal Himalaya and Ex- Minister of Higher Education in undivided Uttar Pradesh.

Dr. Shiva Nand Government Degree College Karanprayag now avail all of the privileges of a Post Graduate College, as it has been upgraded to P.G.  by Government of Uttarakhand vide G.O.198/XXIV(7)/2015/02(6)08 Ucch Shiksha Anubhag-7, Dehradun dated 8-5-2015 and now the College is renamed as Dr. Shiva Nand  Nautiyal Government Post- Graduate College Karanprayag (Chamoli).