Towards the late seventies when there was a steady proliferation
of Colleges in various parts of Orissa, a commercially developed and well
communicated locality like Betnoti did not lag behind. Betnoti saw the first
sunrise of higher education in 1978. It was in this auspicious year, on the 17th August,
Betnoti College was founded in a very serene and sacrosanct ceremony held in the
local M.P.C. High School.
Initially, the College started functioning in the High School building with nine lecturers
including the Principal in 1978-79 session. The 1st year Intermediate Arts class started with 167
students who had the opportunity of being tought the subjects like English and M.I.L. (Oriya)
as Compulsory and Political Science, Economics, History, Logic, Oriya and Psychology as optional
ones. From the next academic session Intermediate Commerce class was opened and the
Intermediate Science class was opened in the year 1981. In the meantime the Degree Class
in Arts had already been started from 1980 after the first batch of I.A. students passed out.
The Intermediate Arts, Science and Commerce classes got Government Concurrence and University
affiliation from the years 1980-81 and 82 respectively.
The year 1982 opened a new chapter in the short history of the College.
With the generous donations from the local enthusiasts a new building was constructed on
the College's own land comprising of more than ten acres situated at a distance of
one and a half kilometers from the din and bustle of the small town of Betnoti.
The College provides a calm and quite atmosphere encircled by tall eucalypatus
trees on one side and the simple and serene huts of the adivasis' on the other.
First the Arts and then the Science and Commerce classes were shifted from the
High School to the new College building.
The Intermediate classes were then converted to Higher Secondary (+2)
ones under the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Orissa, with the change in
the education policy in 1983-84 session. With the opening of +2 classes two new subjects
such as Sanskrit and Education were introduced in Arts Stream from 1985-86 session and +3 Degree
class was opened which got Govt. Concurrence and University affiliation in the same year. +3 Degree
Science class started in the year 1988 and +3 Degree Commerce class in 1992.
The College got the privilege of imparting Honours teaching in History.
Political Science, Oriya, Psychology and Mathematics at Degree level and thus became
a full-fledged one. Thus started with only 167 students in 1978, to day after years the student
strength of the College has crossed fifteen hundred. Again there is pressing demand from all
quarters for increase of seats in all classes.
So far as the building assets of the College are concerned, the construction work is
always in progress. Started with the magnanimous donations of the local people,
the construction of the College's main building on a master plan is in its full swing
with the lump sum grant of the University Grants Commission and the State Government.
There is a hostel in the College campus along with another building built for the purpose
of vocational education.
The College has a small but rich library catering to the needs of the students and teachers as well.
There are separate arrangements of accommodation for lecture halls,
Staff Common Room, Student's Common Room (Separate for boys and girls),
Science Laboratories, Library, Principal's Chamber, Examination Section, General Office Room etc.
However, scarcity of rooms is still a problem of the College which needs the Government's
immediate but sympathetic attention.
Thus enriched with certain tangible but noteworthy ingredients like calm and quiet surrounding,
symbiotic teacher, student nexus, sound sense of discipline among students,
responsibility among the staff and smooth conduct of examinations leading to
satisfactory results, the College steps into 29th year of its existence during the current
academic session. During these years the strength of the College has been emboldened and invigorated
in many respects. The rising strength of students from 167 to 1550, the teaching staff
from 9 to 46, the non teaching from 8 to 36 are some of the spectacular achievements of the institution.
Hence, the aims and aspirations of the founders as well as the well wishers of this nascent
institution are certainly going to be fulfilled in a positive manner. The staff engaged in it,
the management which shares the responsibility of its smooth functioning, the well wishers who
are concerned of its well-being and the Governmental authority, all are worthy of taking credit
for the steady growth of the Institution.
Let the pure perfume of sanctification burn always, rising higher and higher and straighter
and straighter like the ceaseless Prayer of the integral being, desiring to unite with thee so as
to manifest Thee.
Awake, Arise and Stop not till the goal is reached.