A Brief History of the College

The college owes its origin to the devoted and tenacious efforts of the great soul Late Prananath Patnaik. The idea of having a college at Khordha, cherished in the minds of the local intelligentsia since 1955, could become a reality only on January 28, 1959; on account of the relentless struggle of Late Prananath Patnaik and his zealous associates.

The foundation stone of the college was laid by the then Union Minister of Education, Prof. Humayun Kabir. The institution was named as “Khordha College” and Late Prananath Patnaik became its Founder Secretary. The college began functioning primarily as an Arts college with provision for teaching Pre-University Arts course, for which affiliation was granted by the Utkal University. In the first year (1959-60), there were only 64 students. A master plan was prepared for the present main teaching block in 1962. The institution became a Degree College in Arts in the year 1963 and the provision was made for teaching Pre-University Science Course in 1964, Pre-Professional Course in 1967, Honours Courses in History & Oriya in 1968, B.Sc. with teaching facilities in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and Honours Course in Economics & Pol.Sc. in 1970; teaching facilities in Botany and Zoology and Pre-University Commerce Course and Honours Course in English were opened subsequently.

In the year 1970, the Founder Secretary passed away. After his sad demise the College was named as PRANANATH COLLEGE in November 1970, in the fond memory of our beloved founder.

Principal, Prananath Autonomous College
Dr. Ajanta Satpathy, M. Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D
Prananath Autonomous College, Khordha

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Every faculty, staff and student of Prananath College (Autonomous), Khordha is passionately committed to the mission of making India a world leader in technology and science, and nurtures this commitment with honesty, hard work and team spirit.


Guided by the verse "Uttishthata Jagrata Prapya Varan Nibodhata" (Arise, Awake and Stop not till the goal is reached). the Prananath college envisions a college of excellence in higher education ensuring quality education for rural based students keeping pace with changing social realities for an ecologically sustainable and just society that stands as a guarantee for living life with dignity.


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