BRC has been an institution that follows the ideals laid out by Mahatma Gandhi- self sufficiency, compassion and self-determination by education. Gandhi himself blessed the formation of BRC, and visited its ground many times.
Formation: BRC was established on the 11th of May 1946 in the memory of a 12 year old boy, Bajiraut, who was murdered by British army forces. Bajiraut was a young but determined patriot, and stood in the way of the British, preventing them from crossing the Brahmani river by boat. For this act of bravery, he was struck down by the British army. His spirit of sacrifice for the greater good is an eternal memory in BRC, and the children are taught lessons of his actions. His picture hangs in respect in every room of the institution.
BRC was initially founded out of the necessity to provide education and learning for the children of freedom fighters. Their parents, who peacefully resisted the British occupation of India, had fully committed themselves to the freedom struggle. BRC was founded to take care of their children and to educate the social leaders of the future.
Over time, the mission changed. BRC recognised that there was a sector of the Indian population who did not enjoy the benefits of freedom. Even though their country had broken from the chains of the British, they still remained downtrodden. The scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes from all over Orissa needed help. The Utkal Navjeevan Mandal, a sister organisation to BRC, locates children in need of BRC’s help. They bring poverty-stricken tribal children from all over Orissa to BRC so that we can help them.