The Bajiraut Chhatravas, an institution of national importance (registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860), was established in 1946 at Angul in Orissa State by Smt. Malati Choudhury, Freedom Fighter, Social Activist, and former member of the Constituent Assembly of India, and Shri Nabakrushna Choudhuri, Gandhian Thinker and Scholar, and former Chief Minister of Orissa.
Bajiraut Chhatravas was established on11 May 1946 in memory of a twelve-year-old boy, Bajiraut, who sacrificed his life by disallowing the British forces to cross, by boat the river Brahmani. This spirit of sacrifice is an eternal message for the children of Bajiraut Chhatravas.
It had its genesis in the Prajamandal Movement (the resistance movement organised and sustained by the people) and its initial activities were geared towards providing residential facilities and educational opportunities to the children of Freedom Fighters.
Over the passage of time there was a societal demand on the Bajiraut Chhatravas to provide educational facilities and educational opportunities to the children belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and other Backward Classes along with under-privileged sections of society coming from all over Orissa.
The Utkal Navajeevan Mandal, a sister organisation, situated in the campus adjacent to that of Bajiraut Chhatravas, has been working in the tribal areas of Orissa. Its workers have been instrumental in bringing children to the Chhatravas from the tribal areas of Orissa.
The Bajiraut Chhatravas has a General Body having Annual Members and Life-Members. It has a 15-member Executive Committee which manages the programmes and activities of the Chhatravas through a President, a Secretary and a Treasurer elected for a three-year term.