RAVENSHAW AT A GLANCE
Ravenshaw University came into existence on the 15th day of
November, 2006. It was an up-gradation of Ravenshaw College
established in 1868, one of the oldest and largest colleges in
India which subsequently became an autonomous college with CPE
status by UGC and 'A' grade by NAAC. The College with all its
glorious academic achievement and ceaseless scholastic pursuits
had already created a distinct niche for itself in India and
beyond. The history of this great institution is, in a manner of
speaking, the history of modern Orissa. It was the cradle of
ideas fostering national unity and nationalism, promoting social
mobilization and gearing up the freedom struggle.The grand hall
of this institution was a theatre of history: on the 1st of
April'1936 it was the venue for the declaration of Orissa as a
separate province; thereafter it housed the state's first
legislative assembly up to and even after Independence till it
was shifted to Bhubaneswar, the new capital of the state. During
Quit India Movement of 1942 the students of this institution
brought down the Union Jack as a mark of nationalistic fervour.
The College originally was affiliated to Calcutta University and
thereafter to Patna University in 1917 and was finally affiliated to Utkal
University in 1943. The Utkal University began functioning from this campus
till it was shifted to its present site at Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar. This
institution is the alma mater of the most distinguished personalities of the
state. Not only the Utkal University but also the Orissa State Museum and
Madhusudan Law College are the offshoots of this Institution obtaining
their independent status at a later stage.
Post-graduate teaching started in 1922 with the opening of M.A.
English class. Considering its great heritage, the Institution has been
awarded National Honour by the Government of India through the issue of a
commemorative stamp in 1978. The library which was named after the
Raja Sahib of Kanika is the largest in Orissa. Not only is this Institution
an epitome of learning but also a piece of unique Victorian architecture
in the country.
The University has 27 departments of which 20 are post-graduate
departments. M.Phil. programme is available in 14 departments and all the
departments have provision for Ph.D. & D.Litt. programmes. Presently the
University runs 23 Post-Graduate courses with research facilities and 27
Undergraduate honours courses.
Ravenshaw University Act