The founder of the Dharam Samaj group-of-organizations, philanthropist Rai Bahadur Badri Prasad Ji, was born in the prosperous family of Lala Ram Narayan ji in Agra. Their ancestors were originally from Narnaul, who sometime in the past left Narnaul and settled at Agra. Rai Saheb ji was born at Agra but he did not live there permanently and went to Delhi. In the year 1856, he had to come to Aligarh leaving Delhi due to political reasons and he remained here up to the last day, of magnificent journey of his life which was full of spiritual practices and deep meditation, i.e. up to 9 August, 1897 A.D. Thus, from the year 1856 to the year 1897, that is to say, for a long duration of 41 years, Aligarh remained his field of works. During these 41 years, Rai Saheb ji contributed so much in the field of education that citizens of Aligarh became highly grateful to him and memory of Rai sahib ji became immortal to the city. It seems totally impossible that the world of education in Aligarh may ever be indebted from his debt. Rai saheb ji was animated by Vedic Dharma and was a true follower of Mahrishi Dayanand. On Falgun Krishna paksha (spring season, waning moon) Saptami, Vikram Samvat 1927 (year 1870 A.D.), due to his good inspiration and efforts, an assembly named “Satya Dharam Samaj” was established, the rule book of which stated the first aim of it in these words – “To strive to attain the best dharma, as said in Vedas and devotion and knowledge and leaving of false knowledge, over attachment.”
His aim was expressed as–“To ensure a school for the enhancement of Sanskrit language.” The aims of the congregation, as if, became the aims of life of Rai Bahadur Badri Prasad Ji, for the good attainment of which he devoted not only his 41 years but also all the things possible- by body, heart and money. Rai saheb ji not only established Satya Dharam Samaj to reform society and to popularize Vedic dharma & culture and Sanskrit language but also published and edited a magazine named “Dharam Samaj Patt”. With an aim to reform Hindu society he also established an organization named “Indian League” in 1868. In the year 1856, after coming from Delhi to Aligarh, Rai sahib ji got constructed a building named “Achal Kothi” near Achal Taal and made advocacy his profession. At present, the piece of land, over which Dharam Samaj College is situated, is actually a part of land of garden and kothi/bungalow of Lala Rai Badri Prasad ji.
In the year 1909, when Dharam Samaj High School was established, then the bungalow and garden were donated for the school. There was a Government middle or Tehsil school on the piece of land on which the Dharam Samaj College is now situated. In the year 1947 when Dharam Samaj College came into existence then Dharam Samaj Inter College was shifted to the Middle school building and land and Dharam Samaj College was started at Sethji’s bungalow and garden and land accompanying it. The Middle school ceased to exist in the year 1947. This is the brief biography of the great philanthropist, education lover, social reformer and duty adherent Rai Bahadur Badri Prasad ji.
“Education is not the amount of information that we put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life.” – Swami Vivekanand. This is the matter of great pride and honour to extend a warm welcome to all aspirants to ‘Dharm Samaj Collge’ which bestows knowledge in young minds who seek vision and value to inculcate a paradigm shift in their life and career. I am greatly rejoiced and proudly placed on record the fact that Dharm Samaj College, Aligarh, the visionary dream of its founder Shirman Dharmvir Rai Badri Prasad Ji- a humble servant of education whose dedication toward transforming the society through knowledge and education is Limitless. The college has a rich tradition of soaring high academic excellence and overall personal growth of the students. The purpose of education is to teach our students to think and develop a capacity to reason out facts and this is achieved by providing them excellent academic environment, state-of-the-art infrastructure state-of-the-art laboratories and dedicated and highly qualified faculty members.
Dharma Samaj College not only focuses on the theoretical curriculum, but also help in the development of a student personality, extra-curricular activities and over all perspective. Everything that makes a good institution are – a highly trained faculty, rich library teaching methods, liberty to think and express themselves –we have it here. I wish the best of fortune, peace and prosperity to all those who contribute the noble task of spreading education and its manifest qualities, aims and objectives.