Rama Devi Women's College, one of the premier women's institution of Orissa, started functioning as Government Women's College from the year 1964 in a small building of the Labour Department, Government of Orissa. The College was shifted to the Old School Building of Unit-1 in 1966 and finally to the present campus of about 28 acres on 1st January, 1969. A month later it was named after Maa Rama Devi, a great Orissan freedom fighter and a devout Gandhian. In 1990 the College celebrated its Silver Jubilee with enthusiasm and joy. From 1st June 1994, it was elevated to the status of a lead college and in 1995, it became the first Post-Graduate college of the State Capital with the opening of M.A. classes in Hindi and Home Science. From the academic session 1999-2000, this premier institution has been declared by the UGC an Autonomous College with effect from the session 2001-2002. Consequent upon the visit of the NAAC peer team to the College in August, 2004, the NACC (UGC) taking all the parameters of assessment into consideration, have awarded `A' GRADE to this college w.e.f. 16.9.2004. The Post-Graduate and Degree Classes are functioning under rama devi women's autonomous college and Higher Secondary Classes are placed under rama devi women's junior college. The library, class rooms, and other infrastructure are shared by the two colleges.
The autonomous college imparts P.G. teaching in Hindi and Home Science and Honours teaching in English, Oriya, Hindi, Sanskrit, History, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Sociology, Mathematics, Accountancy, Management, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Honours in Computer Science is taught as a self financing course. Under the UGC assistance, four vocational subjects namely (i) Clinical Nutrition, (ii) Secretarial Practice and Office Management, (iii) Food Science & Quality Control, and (iv) Industrial Fish & Fisheries are taught at degree level. Each year the college produces students of outstanding calibre, who hold positions in Higher Secondary and University Examinations in Science, Commerce and Arts. The NCC and NSS Volunteers of this college have earned name and fame, both within and outside the State.
Last but not the least, it is our fondly cherished dream to see this premier women's institution of Orissa as a deemed women's university.