OUR ALMA MATER RAJENDRA COLLEGE: UNBEATEN ON 75
Once-upon-a-time there were only 3 colleges in the state, Ravenshaw in Cuttack, Khallikote in Berhampur and SKCG in Paralakhemundi. 1944 is a watershed year in the realm of higher education in the state. Four more colleges were set up. All of them are now in the 75th year of their inception. Rajendra College is one of them.
Rajendra (Autonomous) College, Balangir functioning from 1944 as the premier undergraduate college of Western Odisha has, over the years, grown to be a renowned institution of Higher Education with 13 Post-Graduate Departments in Arts, Science and Commerce, including M.Phil. courses in 7 of them. The college has been catering to the ever-increasing needs and aspirations of a huge population of the state spread across six to eight of its largely backward districts.
Situated at an ideal site in the lap of the surrounding hillocks, this oldest college of western Odisha owes its inception to the philanthropy of Late Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo, the then Ruler of the erstwhile Patna State and later Chief Minister of Orissa. The College was founded by him on 3rd July, 1944 and was affiliated to Utkal University with intermediate Arts and Commerce. It was upgraded to a Degree College in July, 1946 with the instruction of the B.A. (pass) class. The institution attained the status of a full-fledged Degree College after the affiliation of the B.Com. Class in 1964-65 and B.Sc. class in 1965-66. P.G. teaching started from the session 1978-79. Since 1st January, 1967 the College has been under Sambalpur University.
As part of the self-financed curricula, three job-oriented courses have been included. (1) Integrated B.Ed-M.Ed. (2)B. Ed. and (3)B. Sc (Computer Science)
The College was granted AUTONOMY for a period of five years with effect from 01-04-2002 by the U.G.C. vide their letter no F2-2-2000 (Desk-AC) dt.26.02.2002 followed by concurrence by the Sambalpur Univerisity vide their letter no.1042/Dev. II, dt.21.06.2002 and by the Govt. of Orissa in the Department of Higher Education vide their letter no.50667/HE, Dt.21.10.2002. Autonomy was extended subsequently.
Rajendra College (Auto), Balangir, Odisha has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC ) with “B++” Grade.
The following is the chronological chart showing the introduction of various courses in the College :-
|1944||Intermediate||Arts and Commerce|
|1959||Pre-University||Science & Humanities|
|1st Year Degree||Science & Humaniities|
|1961-62||1st Year Degree||Biology.|
|1965-66||B.Sc.||Phy. Chem. Math|
|1968-69||P.U. Hum||Pol. Science|
|1st Deg. Comm.||Book Keeping|
|1973-74||B.A.||Pol. Science Hons.|
|I.Com||Shorthand & Type Writing|
|2002-2003||B.Sc.||Computer Science Hons.|
|2003-2004||+2 Arts/Sc/Com.||Information Technology|