Situated in the sylvan setting of forest , hills & mango groves, Dhenkanal College is the Premier College in the District Of dhnkanal. The college was established in 1959 by the efforts and sacrifice of some local enthusiasts with only pre-University arts class and functioned under private management in vinod Bhavan , a small building in the town . two Years laters 55 acres on the Cuttack – Sambalpur National Highway with Plenty of Shadowy Mango trees within & natural protection by green green pani ohala hills behind . Here it functioned in a temporatory accommodation till 1963, when a permanent structure of a one stoey building was erected & the three Faculties of Arts, Commerce & Science were opened . the temporatory accommodation was converted to a hostel . Te management of the college was taken over by a government of orissa with effort from 1st February 1967 & extension . of the building providing 24 rooms and 4 lecture-theaters was completed in 1977. the present accommodation of the college provides for 80 rooms & 6 lecture theaters.
Starting with only 64 students & 7 teachers the college has risen through the years to a strength of 2586 student in 22 classes & 101 teachers, besides higher secondary & degree Classes for pass and honors in three faculties ,the college provides teaching of post graduate Courses in history, Commerce & Botany., the college is affiliated to council of higher Secondary Education & Utkal University. Vocational Junior College , Joint venture computer Education and IGNOU Study Center function inside the College campus.
At present P.G and degree classes are functioning under the dhenkanal Autonomous College and higher Secondary Classes are functioning under the Dhenkanal Junior College . The Status of Autonomy was conferred on the college in April -2002 and and it was renewed in June -2006 .the NAAC peer team visited this College and awarded B++ Grade.
A proud possession of the college is the Nanak Bhawan, Which was constructed with a generous Donation by Nanak Trust . It has two big halls and specious auditorium with a modern pendal and projection Facilities.
The College has one mens hostel with accommodation for 250 bordeders and two womens hostel (functioning from 2002) with accommodation for 60 borders each . the men ‘s hostel was constructed in1975 . a staff colony with 41 quatiers including Principal’s exists in the college compound.. apart form this , two quarters on the eastern boundry of thee college which have been handed over by the industries department of the government & one of the LIC colon are also available for the teachers.
Besides a canteen , a consumers Co-operative store , a branch post office with a public telephone and an extention counter of state bank of India function inside the college campus for the comfort and convenience of staff & students, the college was established with the following goals & Objectives .
To import higher education to the boys & girls of the locality 7 its neitghboring region.
To realize the potentialities of these young boys and girls & to enable them to complete with others for employement at the state level & National Level.
To Inclucate in student democratic values & Scientific temper.
To build the character of the students through allround development of their personality and make them responsible citizens.
These missions of the institution are embodied in the crest of the college