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Encircled by enchanting scenery of natural beauty S.S.D. Mahavidyalaya, Gurudijhatia enjoys the pride and glory of being the premier Institution of higher education in Athgarh Block. It is located at a distance two kms. from Oranda in N.H.-55.

     The long cherished aspiration of the conscious citizens of the locality to have an institute of Higher Education to act as centre to disseminate knowledge, promote culture and induce morality along with the finer values of human life among the future citizens of the area was translated into reality on an auspicious day in the month of June 1980 when some leading personalities of the locality assembled together to set up a college to be named after Lord DHABALESWAR, the presiding deity of the place. The dream was materialized and Shree Shree Dhabaleswar Mahavidyalaya was established on August 5, 1980 when the first batch students took admission in the 1st year of Intermediate Arts stream.

    Past is that we inherit and Future is the making of it. Any work of excellence is always brought by the sincere dedication of the people. At the time of foundation of the Institution, illustrious sons who had worked heart and soul pouring down their sweat and blood to light the lamp of learning in this area of hills and rivulets, flora and fauna were Sri Prabodh Kumar Biswal, Sri Prafulla Ku. Patri, Bhramarabar Sahoo, Late Balaram Mishra,Late Gadadhar Sahani, Basant Ku. Sahani, Birabar Biswal, Gopinath Biswal, Brahmananda Biswal, Birabar Parida, Fakir Ch. Sahoo, Uttamananda Biswal, Late Kumar Biswal,, Daitari Rout who played key role in the making of the Mahavidyalaya. The College received its recognition & affiliation in the session 1981-82 with teaching facilities in English, Odia, History, Political Science and Logic for 128 seats. It would not have been possible to get the recognition and affiliation from the Government and the Utkal University respectively without generrous help of the two eminenet sons of the soil Sri Rasananda Sahu, Ex-M.L.A. and Late Sri Lalit Mohan Mohanty,Ex-M.L.A. who were instrumental to the collection of Rs. 50,000 from FACOR Company. A good soul of the locality late Sri Raj Kishore Panda donated 20,000 and the son of Sri Raghunath Mahapatra contributed Rs. 6,000. To meet the requisite funds as per govt. norms Rs. 25,000 was borrowed in the name of five persons. Also helping hand was also extended by Sri Naba Jena in the form of donation of 5 acres of Land to the College

    The first Governing Body of the College was formed with Sri Balaram Mishra as the President, Sri Prabodh Kumar Biswal as the Secretary, and Sri Subash Ch. Behera, Late Madan Mohan Dhal, Krushna Ch. Pattnayak, Ananta Ch.sahoo, Raghunath Mahapatra, Sudhakar Beura, Chandan Mangual and Sri Naba Jena as members. Sri Dillip Ku. Singh was the first Principal of the College.

    Subsequently +2 Science and Commerce streams were opened in the College in 1990 and 1991 respectively. Education & Sanskrit were introduced in +2 stage in 1990 with 64 seats each. +3 Degree in Arts wing opened in the session 1987-88 for 96 seats having English, Odia, History, Political Science, Economics and Philosophy as subjects and the College recognized as the 1st Degree College in Athagarh Block. The strength of +3 Arts was further increased 228 in 1988-89. In the year 2000, +3 Science with 32 seats each in PCM and CBZ was opened and in 2009, +3 Commerce was opened with 48 seats. The College too provides Honours teaching facility for 16 seats each in History and Political Science. Education subject in +3 Arts and Hons. in Physics & Chemistry in Physical Science Stream have been opened since 2015-16.The College is now a full fledged institution spreading over 12 acres of land along with sustainable infrastructure, building for Classroom, laboratory, Library with reading room, canteen and cycle stand etc. Belated but laudable efforts to construct a new bilding have proved successful to add to its infrastructure by the grant received from U.G.C.

    The College is a 2(f) & 12 B recognized Institute of UGC since 18-08-1999. Now it has applied for NAAC Assessment & Accreditation in Sept.,2015.

    The college is situtated in the lap of nature in a peaceful ambience away from din and bustle of the locality promoting a healthy environment conducive to learning. It has been marching ahead with head aloft. Education has to be holistic in addressing the trifarious requirements of human personality namely physical, mental and spiritual. The institution has been consistently building its prowess at harmonious development of the aforesaid faculties of the students so that they will be physically fit, academically sound, emotionally matured and spiritually enlightened.

    The N.S.S of the college has a glorious history of its own. Its volunteers have accomplished spetacular achievements in various works of public amelioration both in the area and the beyond. This has generated team spirit which fostered the growth of friendship and brotherhood in making them fit to accommodate in all stations of society

    The institution fondly cherishes the memories of the untiring selfless and ungrudging efforts of its founding fathers tone who are here and hereafter and offers to them its prayerful obeisance for either noble gesture and magnanimity

    Sincerest endeavour is always made to elevate the institution to a greater height by the well wishers, learned teachers, governing body and students at large for the fulfilment of the dreams of its founding fathers.