Balangir, Dec 12 (LocalWire) Rajendra College at the district headquarters town of Balangir, which has now converted into a University is all set to celebrate its Platinum Jubilee on 27th December 2019.
Established in 1944, it is one of the oldest colleges in the state.
Here are a few interesting points marking the humble journey of this humble educational institution and its Platinum Jubilee celebration.
1:-) Rajendra University owes its inception to the magnanimous philanthropy of Maharaja Sir Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo, who was the last ruler of the princely state of Patna in Odisha before India attained independence in 1947.
2:- ) Rajendra College was founded by him on 3rd July 1944 and was affiliated to Utkal University with intermediate Arts and Commerce.
3:-) The college was upgraded to a degree college in July 1946 with the introduction of a BA Pass class. It attained the status of a full-fledged degree college after the introduction of the B.Com course in 1964-65 and B.Sc. course in 1965-66.
4:-) Rajendra College started offering post-graduate courses in Arts, Science, and Commerce from 1978-79. It was affiliated to Sambalpur University from 1967-2002.
5:-) Accredited by the NAAC with a B++, the college was granted autonomy in 2002, hence the name Rajendra Autonomous College.
6:-) The College was granted the University status by the State Government of Odisha on 2nd March 2019. Colleges in Bolangir and Nuapada were affiliated to the University.
7:-) Rajendra University library started functioning on 3rd July 1944, with only 300 books, donated by Maharaja Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo.
Now, it is one of the well-endowed libraries in the state, boasting over 70,000 books, journals, magazines, periodicals.
It is also equipped with Xerox machines, AV systems, and computers.
8:-) The college crest was designed by Late Sri Purna Chandra Rath, an archaeologist of the erstwhile Patna State. The essence of the university is captured in 3 distinct symbols: an open book, a ship and a scientific apparatus.
The open book represents the faculty of Arts and reinforces the idea of continuous learning. The ship represents the faculty of Commerce and bears the idea of communication and transportation of knowledge across realms and frontiers known and unknown.
The scientific apparatus represents the faculty of Science and symbolizes man’s insatiable thirst for knowledge through scientific inquiry and invention.
9:-) The Alumni Association of the university was constituted in 2006. The Old Boy’s Association was the precursor, established in 1995 on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebration of the college.
Some notable alumni of the college are the current Chief Secretary of Odisha Asit Kumar Tripathy, Director of Biju Patnaik State Police Academy Arun Sarangi, internationally acclaimed journalist Jatindra Dash, Sambad News Editor Arabinda Das, Principals Mohammed Fakirudin and Mrutyunjay Panda.
10:-) Among other dignitaries, the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu is set to attend the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Rajendra University on 27th December 2019.