A brief history of the
The long cherished dreams of the people of Bargarh came
true with the emergence of a new college on the educational map of Orissa at
Bargarh in 1960. The credit for the same goes to the untiring efforts of a
number of enthusiastic gentlemen of Bargarh led by the then Sub-divisional
Officer late Sri Radhamohan Mohanty. The response of the people from every
nook and corner of the then Bargarh Sub-division was overwhelming and
spontaneous .Donations and contributions poured in all forms – cash, kind as
well as land from the rich and the poor. The contribution of various
Panchayats within the then Bargarh Sub-division for the establishment of the
college, and subsequently for its smooth running was specially noteworthy.
Hence, the college was named as Panchayat College.
Considered as the rice-bowl of Orissa, Bargarh is a fast growing industrial
town with major industrial units like Cement Works , Sugar and Spinning Mills
and world famous Sambalpuri Bastralaya, with a rich cultural heritage
manifested in the longest and largest mythological open-air opera in the world
named Dhanu Yatra.
The National Highway No6 and NH 246 passing through Bargarh and the railway
line connecting it with Raipur-Vizag main line at Titilagarh along with
Kolkata-Mumbai main line at Jharsuguda and ensures good communication to the
major cities and towns of not only Orissa but also those of India.
It is the first ever college in Orissa to have started teaching from the first
year of its inception in its well-furnished building. The original building of
the college was formally inaugurated by Utkal Kesari Dr. Hare Krushna Mahatab,
the then Chief Minister of Orissa, on 5th July, 1960. As most of the students
come from villages, hostel facilities were provided right from its inception.
Away from the din and bustle of Bargarh town, the college is situated at its
southern extreme. The college campus extends over an area of more than 40
Acres. The trees surrounding the college provide a natural lap to the student
joining the college with an urge to learn. The long lines of Eucalyptus trees
take the pressure off teaching from students and classrooms. Thanks to Hirakud
waters, the sight of lushly green paddy fields on both sides of the road
leading to the college, even during the summer, is quite soothing. In short,
the natural environment of the college is most congenial to serious studies.
The college was initially affiliated to the Utkal University for teaching of
Arts and Science at the intermediate stage in 1960. Bargarh, being a major
commercial centre of Orissa, the necessity for teaching Commerce was felt
strongly and appropriately enough in the second year of inception of the
college teaching facilities in Commerce were provided. The college had the
credit of turning out the first batch of Arts and Science graduates in 1964
and Commerce graduates followed the very next year.
With the establishment of Sambalpur University on 1st January 1967, the
college got naturally affiliated to Sambalpur University in place of Utkal
University. In course of its journey towards academic ascendancy, Honours
level teaching in various Arts subjects began in 1968. Next year, the collage
created history in Orissa by having Honours in Commerce. Honours teaching in
Science subjects was provided first in 1969. Presently, the college provides
Honours in almost all the major subjects in Arts, Science and Commerce.
A turning point in the history of this college
was the 9th March, 1971, when it was taken over by the Government of Orissa
from Private management. Higher Secondary (Plus Two) Classes, affiliated to
CHSE, Orissa, have been opened in this college since 1983-84 session and Three
Year Degree Classes were started from the session 1985-86.
In its journey towards the academic peak, the college scaled another height
with the beginning of Post-Graduate teaching in Commerce and Oriya in 1988 and
1990 respectively. From the session 1992-93 Post-Graduate teaching in
Political Science and mathematics has been introduced.
Commensurate with the increasing strength of the students and classes ever
since its inception, expansion in collage building and hostel facilities has
been taking place. However, much more remains to be desired in this respect.
In view of its size and importance, Government of Orissa under a new scheme
has selected this college as a ‘Lead Collage’ in 1990.
With effect from 2001-2002, the +2 wing of the collage was separated from the
Degree and P.G. wing by virtue of Government order No. 2941 dt. 18-5-2001.
Consequently, the +2 wing of the collage is now called the Panchayat Junior
Collage and the other wing is Panchayat Collage, a Government Lead Collage.
The classes of both the collages are held in the same building at different
times. The Principal, Panchayat Collage also exercises full administrative
control over Panchayat Junior Collage
A Women's Hostel with 25
seats was established in 2005
to facilitate women students for perusing their higher studies .
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council of
UGC under the Ministry of Human Resources Development of Government of India
visited this College in February 2006 and this College was accredited as A
Grade "B+" College . Government of Orissa in The Department of Higher
Education has been pleased to declared this College as Autonomous vide their
GO No: ---- dated......... & the final conformant of fresh autonomous status
by UGC is awaited.