A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COLLEGE

"Let us create history, Let somebody else write it” - Netaji.


Nestled in the lap of Southern Odisha, Balimela College of Science & Technology, At- Niladrinagar, Po- Nilakamberu, Dist – Malkangiri, Odisha, has taken long and unceasing strides to reach its destination – a holistic approach to life through meaningful education. The history of the college reflects the history of a progressive rural area – the socio-economic and cultural life of the location and the history of delivering true education to the common rural Tribal people of Southern Odisha. Balimela College of Science and Technology was established on 1st July, 1981 under the patronage of Sri Radhanath Mahapatro, the then Executive Engineer (Design, Balimela Hydro-Electrical Circle), his active Colleagues, the Local inhabitants, of the employees of Odisha Hydro Electrical Project and Potteru Irrigation Project. The College marched ahead with much vigour and enthusiastic way under the continuous and active guidance of Sri N. K. Mahapatra, project engineer OCC Ltd. Sri N.K. Sahu, Executive Engineer, BHEC, Sri Rabinarayan Pati, Executive Engineer and Sri Bharata Pradhan, Executive Engineer P.I. Division. The College at all times manifests a heartfelt gratitude for the service rendered by the above founding fathers for their outstanding contribution for the all-round development of this institution as a premier one. The College during these years (from 1981-1992) has gone through many ups and downs. But, managing committee led by engineers like Sri N.K. Mahapatra, N.K. Sahu and Sri Rabi Narayan Pati confronted all the adversities bravely and constantly strived to sustain by putting their best efforts. These efforts bore enticing fruits and a new glorious chapter in the history of the College started when Govt. of Odisha accorded concurrence to Intermediate Science in the year 1983 and further accorded concurrence for opening of +3 Science (Degree) class from Session 1986-87. The College entered yet another new era of History on 01.06.1988, when it received Grant-in-Aid. The momentous role played by K.N. Pattnaik, Chief Engineer, Potteru Irrigation Project, Sri Bhagirathi Dash, Superintendent Engineer BHEC, Sri Bharat Pradhan, Secretary, Managing Committee of the College, and Prof. R.C. Pattnaik, Principal is very admirable. The college has created history in imparting high standard of teaching to its pupils by a galaxy of highly qualified and experienced teachers with the mission of achieving academic excellence. To fulfill the cherished dream of the people for higher education, undergraduate classes were opened in Science in 1986 and Arts in 1991. Honours teaching facilities were introduced in physics in 1990, Chemistry in 2003 and Political Science in 2004. Further, all honours teaching facilities in Botany, Mathematics, Zoology, Odia, Economics, Hiistory and English were started from 2015-16. Besides our college is offering both under graduate and Post graduate courses in distance mode through IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) and OSOU (Odisha State Open University) since 2009 1nd 2018 respectively. The courses offered through OSOU are English, Odia, Political Science and Rural Development. The courses offered through IGNOU are MAH, BAD, MARD and DNHE. B.Com degree through self-finance is offered since 2018. The college is affiliated to Berhampur UNIVERSITY and to the CHSE, Odisha. It was included in 12 B and 2f under the UGC Act on 17 and 22 December 2003 respectively. A good infrastructure owned by the college Administrative Block, Academic Block and library block with E-Library is the pride of our institution. The Library contains more than 13,000 books which include all general knowledge, language books, competitive books and magazines besides text books.