As a part of its continuing endeavour, Vidya Bhawan Rural Institute was established in 1956 to impart quality education to the deprived sections of rural India. Under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Education, Government of India, it was conceived as one in the chain of institutes of rural higher education started at various places in the country focusing on teaching, research and extension to cater to the growing and fast emerging needs of the rural community.
In the beginning, Vidya Bhawan Rural Institute, Udaipur offered the following courses:
Rural Services Diploma Course, which was equivalent to graduate degree of any Indian University.
Post-graduate Course in Rural Sociology and Community Development.
Diploma Course in Civil and Rural Engineering.
One year Sanitary Inspector Course.
Due to change in the policy of the Government of India and difficulties faced regarding the recognition of the above mentioned courses, the Institute has gradually converted itself into a Post-graduate college with distinguishing features like Civil Engineering Department, Community Polytechnic Scheme, Extension Service and Farm Training. The Institute introduced under- graduate courses in Arts in 1964, in Science in 1968 and a post-graduate course in Rural Sociology in 1965.
Considering the special nature of this Institute and its infrastructure for extension activities, the I.C.A.R. entrusted it with Lab to Land Programme. The Directorate of Social Welfare of the Government of Rajasthan also entrusted the training programme of Anganwadi Workers for intensive child development to the Institute. Training programme of the Anganwadi workers is still continuing as an integral part of the Institute to contribute in creating awareness regarding child care, nutrition, health and hygiene among the rural women. With the expansion in farm activities, V.B.R.I. submitted scheme for establishment of separate Krishi Vigyan Kendra for training the farmers from the tribal block of Udaipur district and thus, KVK came into existence in 1984. Polytechnic wing also expanded with the addition of Mechanical, Electronics and Computer branches and, therefore, the need was felt to develop it further as a separate wing and accordingly Vidya Bhawan Polytechnic came into existence in 1995 as adjunct of the Institute.
The Institute has been trying to fulfill its responsibilities as an Institution of higher education in spite of heavy odds. The last couple of years marked rejuvenation and revival of the Institute with the addition of viable professional and traditional courses that enhanced financial resources and academic image and prestige of the Institute.
To meet the growing demand for professional and job oriented courses, the Institute started BBM, B.Sc. (Computer Science), B.C.A. and M.Sc. (Analytical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry). The Institute was a pioneer in launching the BBM programme in the entire state of Rajasthan.
In order to further fulfill the basic vision and objective of Vidya Bhawan for making quality education accessible to those who can not pursue regular academic programmes, the Study Centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi was set up in 2003 offering a wide variety of professional, vocational, certificate, diploma and degree courses. The work done by the Study Centre in terms of quality students-service and efficiency has been recognized and appreciated fairly well by the University as well as the students.
Placement and Career Guidance Centre:- To give the placement and higher education information to the students of the college and to guide them this centre is established. This centre also arranges campus interview to make arrangement of jobs for the students.
Scholarships (1) SC and ST students will get the scholarship from the Government of Rajasthan in addition of the tuition fee. Those students whose parents annual income is Rs.38200/- or less will get the scholarship with full rate and whose parents annual income is between Rs.38201/- and Rs.50920/- will get the scholarship with half rate. (2) The SC and ST students will also get the student house rent from the development officer, Rajasthan Government Tribal area development department, Udaipur.
Affiliated to Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur
Badgon Road, Near Cyphan Chouraha, Udaipur-313001,( Rajasthan )