Upendra Nath College - An Overview:
With a noble hope of removing the ignorance and blindness of education among rural tribal people, the founding stone of the U.N. College, Nalagaja was laid down by the generous donor late Upendra Nath Giri of Village Nalagaja and with active initiation and leadership of late Sushanta Kumar Dutta, Subsequently it was inagurated by Mr. Chaitanya Prasad Majhi, the-then Central Minister on July 13, 1976. In commemoration of founder’s urge for education & sacrifice, the college is named after him i.e. Upendra Nath College. The location of the college amidst the greener vision in and out with rural background, the statue of the founder facing to the front as guardian really enriches the true spirit of learning and love for education & sacrifice.
The College is situated in Rasagobindpur Panchayat Samity of Mayurbhanj district which is very close to the boarder area of West Bengal. The main road by the side of the college connects Baripada and Jaleswar. The College is at a distance of 40 Kms. from Baripada & 25Kms. from Jaleswar. It is also a distance of 20 Kms. from Raibania where renowned historic Raibania fort is situtated. It is also adjacent to a vast aerodrome field built and used by Britishers during WW-II, the reminiscent of which speaks volume of the past. Within a very short span of time it developed into a fullfledged Degree College and one of the leading private college in the district of Mayurbhanj. It has been affiliated to C.H.S.E., Odisha, BBSR and North Odisha University, Baripada. The College is also accredited by NAAC Vide Letter No. NAAC/CA&A/EC46-96/2009, Dt.11.03.09.
The College with all its promises provides facilities of teaching in Arts, Science, Commerce both in Higher Secondary & degree level. In +3 Arts there is opportunity of teaching in honours, like English, Pol. Sc., History, Philosophy, Education, Economics with provision of 32 seats and Oriya with 16 seats. In +3 Science there is honours teaching in Chemistry with 8 seats, Physics, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology with 16 Seats each as well as in Commerce with 24 seats. Keeping the interest of students and local need in mind, the college has been able to maintain ladies and gents hostels. PMS hostel for residence of the students.
After permanent affiliation to UGC under 2 (F) & 12 (B) of UGC Acts, massive building has come up with the assistance of UGC during VIIth plan period. During VIIIth plan, a library building has been constructed of UGC assistance. In IXth plan of UGC, a separate laboratory building for chemistry and physics has been completed. In Xth plan a laboratory building for Botany & Zoology, a huge Examination hall has been completed. Besides this, the library and laboratories have been provided with more books and equipments respectively. Even a Gym Khana with all modern equipments has been opened for the students on receipt of assistance from the Ministry of youth Affairs of Govt. of Inia. The college at present provides accomodation for lecture halls, staff common room, common rooms for boys & girls, Seminar hall for each Hons. Subject, Library, Separate Laboratories , Reading rooms for staff & students, Hostels, Principal’s Chamber, Administrative & Examination building, Store room, Gym-Khana, Principal’s Quarter, Helath Unit, Alumni. N.S.S. room, Students Union room and beautiful auditorium space in the college campus. For indoor & out-door game items, necessary facilities have been provided. The college has always been recognised as nodal college by the C.H.S.E. & University. After a glorious academic march of 39 yrs, it has observed its Silver Jubliee in the year 2001-2002 with all spirit and enthusiasm. During the completion of 39 years of its history, the college takes the pride of producing so many scholars & eminent Persons, Academicians, Doctors, Engineers, Advocates, Administrators, Social Workers of National & International repute.
In such an era of globalisation this institution with tribal background is trying to put its step ahead to face the socio-economic challenges in providing quality education expecting the co-operation & good wishes of all.