With a view to helping the Mute Millions of the South East Manbhum, at present Purulia, to have for them a scope of higher education, Manbhum Ananda Ashram Nityananda Trust (MANT), an NGO of considerable repute, took up a momentous resolution of doing away with the curse of inferiority complex in the children of the soil and to make them the fit counterparts of those in other better off parts of West Bengal.
The year 1965 marked the centennial of Ramananda Chatterjee. The Trust, in humble acknowledgement of the sincere services of Ramananda Babu, proposed to raise a Degree
College and name it after his centenary. It started collecting and depositing funds. When no princely donation could be collected, the common man came to the rescue. They contributed their mites and thus built-up the figure which had so long been the proud privilege of the uncommon man.
The college started its journey in 1971-72 through the earnest efforts of Lt. Harihar Mukherjee, the founder Secretary of MANT and the founder Principal. Ramananda Centenary College is a Government aided Undergraduate Degree College offering Arts and Science courses. The college‘s specific mission is to instill knowledge and awareness among the people of the region for effecting a positive change in their living pattern. NAAC Accreditation Committee awarded grade ‘B’ to the college in the year 2017. In the past ten years student strength has gradually increased and so has accompanying strength of teaching and administrative staff.
The institution is affiliated to Sidho Kanho Birsha University and currently offers Honours degree in fourteen subjects and General degree in three subjects. The College has also recently switched to Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and is running both Annual and Semester systems concurrently.