Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar College

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Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar College, better known as BJB College, is a college in Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India that offers courses at primarily the higher secondary and under-graduate levels. The courses at the higher secondary level are affiliated to the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha, and courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate level are offered in affiliation with Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It is an autonomous institution recognised by the University Grant Commission (UGC) of India, and enjoys the status of an A-Grade college as assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous institution for assessment of educational institutions established by the University Grants Commission (UGC).


The college is located over an area of 28.13 acres (113,800 m2) of land, near Kalpana Square, Bhubaneswar, on the highway connecting Cuttack and Puri in the southern part of the city. It is situated within a distance of 3 km from the Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar and 2 km from the railway station. It has three spacious buildings with adequate number of classrooms, laboratories, library, a general hostel to accommodate 125 students and a hostel named Dr. Ambedakar hostel having accommodation for 165 Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students. It also has a newly built hostel named Junior hostel for students studying in junior college.

The twenty two departments of the undergraduate college offers Three-Year Bachelor's Degree courses in Humanities, Science, and Commerce streams. The college offers 15 subjects in B.A. Honours that includes subjects such as Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics and Statistics, English, Oriya, Hindi, and Sanskrit. There are 8 subjects in B.Sc. Honours including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Botany, Zoology, Statistics, and Anthropology. In B.Com. Honours, 2 subject options are available, namely, Accountancy, and Marketing Management. The college also conducts four professional courses including P.G. Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA), P.G. Diploma in Customer Contact Service Management (PGDCCSM), Certificate Course in Computer Concept (CCCC) and Certificate Course in Computer Based Business Accounting (CCCBBA). Recently some courses at the post-graduation level, such as Masters in Social Work (MSW) have been intitiated.

The college has 86 teaching staff, 108 non-teaching staff. The total student strength of the college in the various undergraduate courses stands at 2308. A total of 79 students are enrolled in the various P.G. Diploma courses of the college. The Teacher-Student ratio is 1:27.

The college has hostel facilities, a library with a holding of more than 60,000 volumes, and subscribes to around 600 periodicals (as of 2005). The college also has a small, but well stocked botanical garden, and a small sports complex. It attracts students from almost all the districts of the state as well as from the neighbouring states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, and West Bengal. The junior college has consistently produced students who have secured ranks in the top-20 list in the annual higher secondary examinations of the state every year.


The college came into existence in 1957 through an initiative of the Government of Odisha, in connection with the establishment of the state's new capital in Bhubaneswar in 1948, and the consequent need of quality man-power in the region. It is named after Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhara Bhramarabara Ray, who was one of the first people to challenge the British East India Company in the early 19th century, and is specifically known for his pivotal role in the mutiny Paaika Bidroha, that took place in 1817 in Khurda, Odisha.

Initially, the college offered courses only up to the intermediate level with an intake capacity of only 64 students each in the Science and Humanities streams. It was upgraded to a full-fledged degree college in 1962. The commerce stream was introduced in 1976. It was enlisted under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act in 1972 and under 12(b) in the same year.

It was an affiliated college of Utkal University till the session 1998-99. It has been functioning as an autonomous institution following the grant of autonomy by the UGC in 1999. Over the years the college has grown in terms of its infrastructure, student enrolment and subject options.


The college runs three streams, namely: Science, Arts, and Commerce.

Faculty of Science[edit]

Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Anthropology, Botany, Zoology, Statistics, Computer science.

Faculty Of Arts[edit]

Anthropology, English, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Hindi, Mathematics, Oriya, Philosophy, Political science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Indian music, Sanskrit.

Faculty Of Commerce[edit]


Academic Programmes[edit]

Apart from regular courses for the degree of Bachelor in Arts, Science and Commerce, some selected Self-Financing Courses have been introduced with the approval of the Government such as Master in Social Work, B.Sc. with Honours in Biotechnology and Computer Science as well as Diploma in Medicinal Plant Management. The new programmes instituted in the recent past are:[1]

  • Honours in Indian Music
  • 5 Years Integrated M.Sc. in Bioinformatics
  • 5 Years Integrated M.B.A.
  • 5 Years Integrated M.Sc. in Electronics and Telecommunication
  • 2 Years M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • 2 Years Master in Financial Control
  • 3 Years Bachelor in Information Technology and Management

B.J.B Autonomous College is one of the first institutions in Odisha to introduce the semester system in 2006-2007 following the guidelines of UGC. There is continuous evaluation through Mid Semester/Internal Assessment (20%) and Semester examination (80%) as well as Seminar Presentation, Project Work, Field Work, etc.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "bjbcollege.in | BJB College". bjbcollege.in. 

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