Swami Dhananjoy Das Kathiababa Mahavidyalaya was established in 2009 with the objective of making higher studies accessible to the underprivileged sections of society. The college has played a seminal role in encouraging the youth of Bhara and its adjoining villages to enroll for higher studies. Located in the remote village of Bhara, roughly about 20 kilometres from the tourist town of Bishnupur, in the district of Bankura, the college is an outcome of the earnest endeavour of the local administration and eminent members of the village community. Named after the 56th Acharya of the Akhil Bharatiya Nimbarka religious sect the institute has a pan-Indian association in terms of its affiliation with the Kathiababa trust and foundation. Disciples from both home and abroad have contributed to its infrastructural development and academic enrichment. 

Classes were initially conducted in the adjacent High School and the first batch of students added to a total of 71 in 2009. In the following year in 2010, classes formally began at the college premises. Since then, the infrastructure of the college has evolved and there has been a simultaneous increase in student strength. The alumnus of the college has been absorbed into various branches of higher education and they have exhibited a strong commitment towards career development and personal growth.