Ravenshaw Junior College is a hub of excellence and an epitome of Higher Secondary Education in Odisha. This college was started from the academic session 1998-99 after being separated from the Degree and Post Graduate wings of the then Ravenshaw College, at present Ravenshaw University.
Ravenshaw College had a humble beginning in 1868 at Zilla School, Cuttack in the name of Cuttack College . Degree classes of the college were started in 1876 and later on B.L. classes in 1881. This prestigious institute was named after the then Commissioner of Orissa Sir TE Ravenshaw in 1878 . The marble inscription of 1879 placed in the college premises states that -“In commemoration of the many benefits on this province during the long administration of T.E. Ravenshaw ESQRE, who held the Office of the Commissioner of Orissa and Superintendent of the Tributary Estates of Cuttack from 22nd June, 1865 to 31st March, 1878, this institution owes its existence to Sir Ravenshaw’s exertions and for the benefit of which he especially labored, has with the sanction of Government been named the ‘Ravenshaw College’. “Maharajah Kishen Chandra Bhunj Deo of Mayurbhanj who in furtherance of Mr. Ravenshaw’s desire for its permanency contributed the munificent sum of twenty thousand rupees.’ The college became an important seat of learning.
The college became the premier institution of the state and laid the milestone of modern education in Odisha. This college was initially affiliated to Calcutta University and subsequently to Patna University in 1916 and later on to Utkal University in 1943. Its evening shift was started in 1962 and imparted teaching at Intermediate and Degree level in Humanities for employed people. It was named as ‘Ravenshaw Evening College’ and after few years renamed as’ Ravenshaw Morning College’. The +2 wing of this college has been named as Ravenshaw Junior College and separated from the Ravenshaw Autonomous College in 1998 .Ravenshaw Autonomous College became Ravenshaw University in2006. At present Ravenshaw Junior College is keeping up the glory of great academic tradition and committed to set the future of meritorious students by nurturing their aspirations and desire for knowledge and excellence.