Replete with rich coal mines & coal based industries, known as Black Diamond City, Talcher has occupied an enviable place of distinction in the map of India. Talcher College, Talcher ideally located in a sylvan surrounding enjoys equally the pride and the glory of Angul district. Standing on a spacious campus beside NH-200, sprawling out into the flora and fauna of Rani Park with an atmosphere highly conducive to teaching and learning,it has lived up to the expectations of the people of the area.
The belated but laudable effort of the enthusiasts in the direction of providing a scope for higher education to the young boys and girls of Talcher made a tutorial college possible at Talcher in 1969 in a rented building. Subsequently, it obtained government concurrence and University affiliation for opening of Intermediate Arts from the academic session 1970-71. Much water has flown in the river Bramhani since then. In course of time it has grown into a full fledged Degree College with all streams and honours teaching facilities in a good number of subjects under Utkal University. The decent looking, MCL sponsored double storeyed, well furnished Gents’ Hostel with 100 seats behind the college in a serene and tranquil atmosphere welcomes its inmates with bouquets and promise for laurels.
The rich well equipped library has been the fountain of learning for teachers and students as well. It will not be out of place to fondly cherish the memories of the untiring and selfless effort of some
benevolent and magnanimous locals of Talcher but for whose contribution this institution would not have grown into what it is now. The hazy picture of persistent endeavour to set up a college and ungrudging nourishment of late Dr. Bikram Das during its infancy spontaneously flashes into our eyes. A monument of sacrifice, iron will and determination, Dr. Das will be ever remembered. Can we throw into oblivion the contribution of late Brundaban Mohapatra who had donated an amount of Rs.20,510/- in those days for its foundation and up-keep ? We have no words to eulogize Raja Saheb Soubhagya Chandra Dev who was generous enough to donate a part of his Rani Park to facilitate the shifting of the college to the present site in 1976. The college is considerably indebted to late Pabitra Mohan Pradhan, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Odisha, Smt. Chitrakala Dibya, Narsingh Das, Rahim Khan, for their financial assistance and invaluable service.
The College, its manifold handicaps albeit, is proud of its heritage. We make sincerest endeavour to elevate the academic standard of the students. Apart from grooming several luminaries, this garden can boast of its age defying flowers; legislators and parliamentarians,Hon’ble Sj. Bibhudendra Pratap Das,Ex-MLA,Pallahara, Hon’ble Sj. Mahesh Sahoo,MLA,Pallahara , Hon’ble Sj. Dharmendra Pradhan, Ex-MP, Deogarh and Minister of State Petroleum & Natural Gas,Govt.of India, Hon’ble Sri Braja Kishore Pradhan, MLA, Talcher and Hon’ble Sj. Rabi Narayan Pani,Ex- MLA, Pallahara & former MP, Deogarh who have kept its honour aloft. All have contributed their might for all round development of the college. The Hon’ble Ex-Prime Minister Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s sojourn in this blessed institution on 18.09.1999 is the harbinger of new hopes and strides for us. Let us strive to make it more glorious.
It is a proud moment for all of us that the NAAC(UGC) has acrredited this college with B+ Grade which incidentally is the highest accreditation status among all the Govt. and Non-Govt. degree colleges of Angul district. Moreover, the Autonomous Status conferred by the UGC will hopefully go a long way in enhancing the pride and prestige of the college.
The lamp at the apex symbolizes the light of wisdom that dispels the darkness of ignorance and heralds the light of knowledge and enlightenment. The Book below is the repository of knowledge. Its open page invites the inquisitive minds to intellectual pursuits . The lotus flower on which the book rests reflects beauty, sanctity, delicacy, and fragrance. Below the book on the left is the Thermal Power Station of Talcher and the Coal Mines on the right. They mirror Talchers distinctions in the world. Towards the right is the symbolic picture of the annual religious festival of goddess Hingula, the presiding deity of the region. The lower portion of the crest is adorned with sheaves of corns that speak of the traditional agrarian culture of the local people despite industrialization. The motto on the basement of the crest implies that the college clings firmly to the high ideals of truth and beauty synonymous with God.