In Purulia District most students drop out of high school due to economic hardship and the literacy rate is extremely low. Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, the founder of Ananda Marga, had a vision to elevate the educational status and improve the standard of living in the most backward areas of India through a comprehensive system of education. Initially, there was no higher educational institution in and around Ananda Nagar. He founded the Degree College at Ananda Nagar in the year 1966, providing higher education and a path out of extreme poverty to members of the poorest communities.
The college is the top level of the local educational system and has been an undeniable success, serving more than 60 villages around Ananda Nagar over the years—villages that had previously had little access to higher education. The college has produced approximately one thousand graduates who otherwise would have had no higher educational opportunity. These graduates have pursued successful careers in diverse areas including industry, government and education. In turn, their achievements have facilitated the improvement of the economic and living standard of the people around Ananda Nagar.
The college, affiliated with Burdwan University, currently offers bachelor level degrees in the arts and science, and a curriculum encompassing Bengali, biology, chemistry, English and English Honors, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science and Sanskrit. Geography will be added during 2010. The final two years of the high school curriculum is also available to students who must complete these requirements before college matriculation. In addition, the college promotes and imparts moral and spiritual values as the basis of a successful personal and social life.