Raja Balwant Singh College,
formerly known as Balwant Rajput College, is known for its phenomenal
epoch-making progress. The Institution having a gigantic stature presently,
started as a small boarding house for 20 students established way back in 1885
in the out house of "The Kotla House" in Bagh Farzana area of Civil Lines, Agra.
Credit goes to Raja Balwant Singh of Awagarh, the founder to get the Boarding
House, recognised as High School in 1899, from where the first batch of students
appeared at the Matriculation Examination of Allahabad University in 1901.
The High School was raised to the level of an Intermediate College in 1928 and to that of a Degree College in 1940. With the commencement of degree classes in 1940, the institution was recognised to establish two separate institutions The B.R. High School and The B.R. College (degree and intermediate classes). In 1966, the Intermediate classes running in the degree college were merged with the High School making it an Intermediate college.
The pace of development of the college from 1940 onwards has almost been breath-taking, as apparent from the affiliations granted to the college for different degrees given below:
1940 B.Sc. (Ag.)
1945 M. Sc. (Ag.) Agricultural Economics
1946 M.A. Sanskrit & M. Sc. (Ag.) Agronomy
1947 B.Sc, L.T. converted to B. T. in 1960 B. Ed. in 1964, M. A. Political Science and Economics.
1948 M. A. Hindi, English, Economics and M. Com.
1949 M.A. Mathematics, Geography
M. Sc. Mathematics, Chemistry, Zoology
M. Sc. (Ag.) Horticulture and Animal husbandry & Dairying
M. Sc. Botany
1958 M.A. Psychology
1959 M. Sc. Physics
1962 M. Sc. (Ag.) Agricultural Chemistry & B. Sc. Statistics
1963 M. Sc. (Ag.(Agricultural Extension
1993 Diploma in Library Science (Self-financing)
1995 M. Sc. (Ag.) Plant Breeding and Genetics -i Converted to self M. Sc. (Ag.)Agri. Zoology and Entomology J financing in 2003
Faculty of Engineering & Technology
(Self-financing) four year degree (B. Tech.) course in :-
(i) Food Technology & Engineering
(ii) Electronics & Communication
(iii) Computer Science and Engineering
1996 Vocational Course (Seed Technology)
1998 Bachelor of Computer Application, Bachelor of Business Administration (Professional courses under self financing scheme).
Master of Business Administration Master of Computer Application B.Tech. Degree
in Chemical Engineering.
B.Tech. Degree in Mechanical Engineering
M.Sc. Degree in Bio-technology
2005 M.Sc. Degree in Seed-technology
2006 M.Tech. Degree in Food-technology
The old Balwant Rajput College was rechristened as Raja Balwant Singh College in July 1967 in pursuance of the directive from the State Government to drop words with caste denominations. It provides facilities for imparting higher education to all eligible candidates without any distinction of caste, creed, colour, race or sex.
The college celebrated its GOLDEN JUBILEE on completion of 50 years as a Degree College in 1990-91.
The work and activities of the College are carried out on five major campuses spread over two districts of Agra and Etah. The Campuses are :—
• The Main Campus, Agra housing Faculties of Arts, Commerce and Science.
• The Khandari House Campus, Agra housing the faculty of Education.
• The Khandari Farm Campus, Agra housing the faculty of Management & Computer Application with BBA/BCA and MBA/ MCA classes, Diploma in Library Science, and the study centre of U.P. Rajashri Tondan Open University, Allahabad.
• The Bichpuri Campus (Agra) housing the Agriculture and Engineering faculties, all the projects of ICAR. Cost of Cultivation Scheme of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt, of India and Krishi Vigyan Kendra. Bichpuri.
• The Awagarh Farm Campus (Etah) housing the Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the ICAR.
The College has three Agriculture Farms one each at Agra, Bichpuri and Awagarh.