DAV Post Graduate College was established by its mother institution, Arya Vidya Sabha, Kashi. The idea behind its establishment was to open an institution in the heart of the city and under the umbrella of Banaras Hindu University, to cater to the need of the value and skill based education to the students.
Two disciples of Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Ji, viz. Pt. Ram Narayan Mishra and Shri Gauri Shankar Prasad were instrumental in establishing the college. The college was established in 1938 as an Intermediate college recognized by Banaras Hindu University. It got degree status from the University in 1947 and permanent affiliation in 1954. The college started running undergraduate courses in the faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, and in 2008 the University allowed the college to start Ph.D. Research and Post Graduate courses in four subjects namely, Commerce, Sociology, Economics and History. The College is catering with distinction not only to the needs of the students of the Eastern districts of U.P. but also the adjoining states too. Because of this, the University has allowed the college to start PG and Ph.D Courses in three more subjects viz. Psychology, Political Science & English from the session 2010-11. In the year 2014-15 the college also incorporated both PG and Ph.D. Research in the Departments of Hindi, and AIHC & Archaeology.