On the eve of Swami Vivekananda’s Birthday Centenary in 1963, the District Magistrate of Burdwan Mr. K.P.S. Menon, Chairman of Zila Parishad, Mr. Narayan Chowdhury and other honourable citizens of Burdwan took initiatives to establish a new college in Burdwan town. Burdwan Municipality gifted a large chunk of land in the name of the proposed college in Sarshe Danga Mouza, Near Sadarghat. Mr. Prafulla Chandra Sen, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, laid the foundation stone for the proposed Vivekananda Mahavidyalaya at the spot on 8th March, 1964, on 23rd trate Mr. K.P.S. Menon, as President Dr. Sailendranath Mukhopadhyaya, the renewed Physician, as the Vice President, and Chief Engineer of Burdwan Zila Parisad. Mr. Prafulla Kumar Pal, was appointed the secretary to the committee. Meantime a number of illustrious educationists came forward to raise a found of nearly two lakh rupees for the college. Set in peaceful surrounding away from the hubbub of the town, the college officers and ideal atmosphere for pursuing higher studies in the major arts and science subjects.
In 1964 the college was accorded the govt. affiliation as Govt. Sponsored College. On 26th August 1964, the college was inaugurated formally. The Chief guest of the inauguration ceremony was the then Director of Education, Govt. of West Bengal, Dr. Dhirendra Mohan Sen.
Setting out in a rather unceremonious way, the college has gradually occupied a glorious position in the field of higher education in West Bengal. Over time the college has growth both in structure and stature. Recently three building have been constructed to accommodate the growing number of student. Post graduate and Degree Honours Courses in various subject have been introduced. The college has not merely created to the needs of students in Burdwan and its hinterland, but it has also been successful in maintaining a healthy, disciplined academic atmosphere for purposefull education.
The Governing Body, the Teachers, the Non-Teaching Staff and the Student work in tandem to build up an ideal environment in the field of higher study and research. Vivekananda Mahavidyalaya is not just one of the many colleges, its stands aloft and apart in glory in its academic achievements through its very successful student placed in responsible position in society and in various fields of activity today.