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Each and every institution has its own history. The history of Derabis College dates back to the year 1981 when some enlightened minds of this locality thought about the setting up a College in such a remote and underdeveloped area like Derabis with a mission and vision of providing a sphere of higher education. Their idea of establishing a centre of higher education has been a magical spirit for the then enterprising locals. Because, despite the mushrooming growth of a number of M.E. Schools and high Schools this area was once lacking Higher Education facility. This was the real problem that hovered over the heads of many a gentleman, educationist, organizer, social worker and freedom fighter of this locality. For the fulfillment of their long cherished dream a public meeting was convened at Derabish High School under the chairmanship of Sri Sadananda Bedanta, a patron of Higher Education for the purpose of opening of a College in order to cater the Higher Educational needs of the local people and the conception of Derabis College took place in that meeting.
Among the noted few blessed souls like Sri Surendranath Das, the then Headmaster of Derabish High School, Er.Banambar Das, Sri Lokanth Singh, Sri Ramachandra Ramanuja Das, Sri Duryodhan Swain, Sri Dharanidhar Ojha, Sri Nrusingha Charan Behera, Sri Ramesh Chandra Kar, Sri Batakrushna Pradhan, Sri Kulamani Rout, Ex-M.L.A and many other eminent persons from various walks of life made significant contributions towards this befitting abode acquisition of knowledge by sincerely devoting their valuable time, energy and spirit. They formed a College committee with view to raising funds with collections from the local people. The enthusiastic Sri Lokanath Singh at the initial stage donated a long thatched house near the Derabish market for opening of this College. Being overmotived. The Managing Trust Board of Lord Dadhibabanjew provided an area of Ac.7.50 decimal adjacent to the long thatched house for the establishment of this College at Derabish. In order to make this College stand on such area Sri Duryodhan Swain, the educationist and managing trustee along with other members of the board had taken much pain of getting the land transferred from the Endowment. After all, the whole hearted contribution of the local people cannot be undermined for the development of this tiny institution.
The first Governing Body of the College was formed with Er.Banambar Das as the President and Sri Surendranath Das, the then Headmaster of Derabish High School as the Secretary. The College started with the sanctioned strength of 128 (I.A) with 7 members of Teaching staff and 14 members of Non-Teaching staff and got its concurrence and Affiliation in 1983-84 and +2 Arts in 1986. Under the dynamic leadership of Sri Kulamani Rout, M.L.A & the President,Governing Body and the then Principal Sri Pravakar Samal, efforts were made to introduce +2 Science & +3 Arts in the year 1989-90 with the sanctioned strength of 128 & 64 respectively. Consequently the previously sanctioned 64 seats in +3 Arts and 128 seats in +2 Arts were increased to 128 seats and 256 seats respectively. The role of Dr. Harish Chandra Prusty the Principal for opening of Science in +3 Stage is commendable in the year 2013. The College now imparts teaching in +2 Arts (256 seats), +2 Science (128 seats), +3 Arts (192 seats) including Economics, Sociology and Odia Honours (16 seats each) and +3 Science 64 seats (PCM â€“ 32 & CBZ â€“ 32).
Location of the College is quite convenient. Situated at the heart of Derabish, it is 03Kms away from Chhata Chhak on NH-5(A), 07Kms from Cuttack â€“ Chandabali Road, 70Kms from Cuttack via Chandikhol and 55Kms from Cuttack via Salepur.
The efforts of the management are still underway for its further of the management is still underway for its further development and for the opening of new streams and subjects.
It was a glorious moment for this locality when the state Govt. of Odisha released Grant-In-Aid in favour of the College and the U.G.C included the College into the list of 2(f) and 12B of the U.G.C.Acts.
However, though being steeped in stress and strain, changes and challenges, the College is going ahead on the royal road of academic excellence and administrative efficiency under the stewardship of our adorable principal Prof. Smt. Rekha Devi, whose integrity, sincerity, devotion to duty with accomplishments have roused every staff and student to strive their best to come under the mission and vision of the growing institution.