Vivekananda College, which was initially known as Barisha College, had its origin in 1950 under the Dispersal Scheme of the State Government to ease pressure for admission of students to the Colleges in the Calcutta Metropolis with the influx of people from the then East Pakistan, the present Bangladesh. It was first housed in Barisha High School and later shifted to its newly built premises close to the school compound in 1953. It was then an Intermediate College.
In June 1956 the College was sponsored by the State Government with its upgrading as a degree College and in the same year it was also brought under the Refugee Education Scheme of the Ministry of Rehabilitation, Government of India, with the State Government retaining control over it. Afterward, it was at this time that the College was christened as Vivekananda College after the sacred name of Swami Vivekananda - the great patriot and social reformer, an eternal embodiment of the soul of India and a great inspiring force behind the making of modern India.
The Objective of the College, advancement of learning, strongly manifests the spirit of Education for Empowerment. Accordingly, Vivekananda College ever since its inception has empowered thousands of young people, particularly those displaced from the erstwhile East Pakistan and also those belonging to the backward communities of the area. The college, in fact, enjoys now the rare distinction of catering to the educational needs of a composite section of young learners belonging to both the urban middle class of the southern suburbs of Kolkata and the rural poor of South Bengal to holding high our inner motive force 'Tomoso ma jyotirgamoy' i.e 'from darkness, lead us to the light'.