Principal Message

Dear students, parents and other stakeholders,

I am extremely happy to welcome you to this great institution - Rajaram College, Kolhapur. Our college holds a unique position in the academic landscape of Western Maharashtra for the last 139 years. Founded as it was way back in 1880, the college was naturally influenced by the pre-independence ethos. Named after the great Maharaja of the State, His Highness Rajaram Maharaj - who had a strong zest for the spread of Education- it has been catering to the needs of the common and underprivileged students coming from different strata of society ever since its inception.

Initially, Rajaram College was housed in the Building of the Old Palace of the Maharaja in the heart of the City. Later in 1968, it was shifted to the present building constructed on the vast expanse of 66 acres of the campus. Presently, the college has a huge infrastructure with separate buildings for several departments, Separate Administrative Block, well-equipped auditorium, Gymkhana building, etc. The Library has a collection of 1, 38,000 books and a number of reputed Journals along with rare manuscripts. It is equipped with INFILBNET service and Wi-Fi facility. It has 6,000 online e-journals and 90,000 e-books. The newly constructed gate for the main entrance gives a glimpse of the glorious tradition and the futuristic vision of the institution.

The college was assessed and accredited with ‘A’ grade in 2003 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangaluru. Since then it has developed itself in many ways keeping in view its Motto - ‘Quality Education for Personality and Nationality’. No wonder, it was reassessed and reaccredited in 2016 with ‘A’ grade again.

Being a Government College, it is strictly managed according to the rules and regulations of the Government of Maharashtra. Selected by the Public Service Commission of the Government of Maharashtra, our teachers are appointed solely on the basis of their remarkable merit and competence. It is to be noted that most of the teachers are Ph. D degree holders and the government utilizes their services by deputing them on various committees of the University and Colleges.

Some of the luminaries who figure in the list of our Alumni include the following names: Gopal Krishna Gokhale- The Guru of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi; Justice Mahadeo Govind Ranade - the noted Social Reformer; B.D. Jatti - the Ex Vice President of India; Y.B. Chavan - the Deputy Prime Minister of India; Dr. J. P. Naik- the architect of Kothari Commission; Dr. Vasantrao Govarikar - the renowned Scientist and the Architect of NAAC Philosophy and Dr. Arun Nigavekar - the first Director of NAAC and the Former Chairman of the UGC. As for the recent past and the years of near present, we can boast of the inclusion of some very famous alumni : the winner of the ‘Dnyanpeeth Award’ and illustrious Poet Vinda Karandikar; the Chairman of NABARD, Dr. Yashvantrao Thorat-Patil; the first Olympic Bronze Medal Winner in RCK-SSR-2015-16 3 Wrestling, Khashaba Jadhav and Gold Medalist in the Sport of Shooting at Asian Games of 2010, Ms.Tejaswini Sawant.

Our teachers and students always remember and try to contribute in their own way to this glorious Heritage. We hope to make education purposeful by making our students competent global citizens by following ‘Glocal’ practices.

Dr. A. S. Khemnar,
Principal