The genesis of the College is traced to the founding of the Rajah's Free English School in 1833 by His Highness Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, benevolent visionary, the Maharaja of Mysore. In 1879, the School was designated as a Second Grade College under the name, The Maharaja's College. It grew from grade to grade and was raised to the First Grade in February 1894 and a B.A. Class was formed with History and Mathematics as optional subjects. With the establishment of the Mysore University in 1916, Maharaja’s College became its chief Arts College in the entire State of Mysore. Now, Maharaja's College offers three undergraduate and four postgraduate programmes. The B.A. programme has 19 departments offering 22 optional subjects with 26 combinations of which 16 are in the Kannada medium and 10 in the English medium. The current scheme even at the undergraduate level is the CBCS. Business Administration and Commerce are also offered at the undergraduate level. There are four postgraduate programmes. All the UG and PG programmes prepare students for higher studies in their respective discipline and to achieve success in their chosen professional careers.
The College is co educational and caters to a diverse student population. There are a few students from outside the State and eight foreign nationals. The College is extremely encouraging towards the 'Divyangjan', differently abled students, and does not turn away anyone who seeks a seat here. A Disability Resource Centre has been established and there is a sub centre of DRISHTI in the College Library for the visually challenged.
Being a Constituent College of the University of Mysore, it is a recognised Research Centre where initiatives for creation and transfer of knowledge is through research activities. The percentage of teachers recognised as Research Guides at present is 77% across 19 subjects (Ph.D.).
There are adequate facilities for teaching-learning. The campus houses eight buildings with around 60 classrooms, and seven laboratories. The iconic Junior B.A. Hall and the Senior B.A. Hall has a seating capacity of 400 each. The Union Building which is also a heritage building has an Electronic Digital Information Centre for students to access. The campus is Wi-fi enabled. A Reading Room stocked with magazines and journals, the Health Centre on the campus with free health care and free dispensation of medicine and other facilities is extended to all students of our college. There is a Canteen which serves food at subsidised rates. There is adequate sports facilities with two Tennis Courts, a Flood Lit Basket Ball court, a cricket ground of national standard, a multi purpose indoor hall with a gymnasium and so on.
There is a Unit of the NCC and two units of NSS. The Youth Red Cross has a dedicated band of volunteers. Extra Curricular Activities are encouraged . The College brings out a magazine,"Ananthayathri" annually."Thaliru", "Akshara" are in house publications from the Department of Kannada and the Department of Journalism respectively.
The Centenary Hall built in 1951 has an auditorium and class rooms. The Library is housed in a separate heritage building. Modeled on English libraries it has wooden racks and shelves with step ladders, spacious and conducive for reading and research. It now has more than one lakh titles. Ebooks are available through the Mysore University Library. A separate section with a Book Bank is operational for SC and ST students of our College. The Annual Reports and Bulletins provide glimpses of research and academic activities that are carried out by the college every year.
There are four post graduate departments in Criminology & Forensic Science, Geography, International Relations and Political Science.
Under the guidance of eminent principals and distinguished professors, the college has grown from its humble beginnings to its present stature. Lakhs of students who have successfully graduated in the last one and half centuries and more, have made lasting impressions in every walk of life. Our alumni have become well-known writers, artists, political leaders, administrators, academics, journalists, sports champions, defence personnel and so on.
The mission to provide opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds to pursue their educational goals; to offer educational programmes that are affordable and accessible to all; to inculcate a respect for differences and appreciate multiple perspectives is a throwback to the Maharaja's Free English School. Above all we strive to mould them into responsible and successful citizens.
Welcome to Maharaja's College, Mysuru.
Prof. Anita Vimla Braggs