Rajkumar College, Rajkot

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The Rajkumar College in Rajkot is one of the oldest K-12
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. RKC has a 26 acre (105,000 m²) campus located in the heart of Rajkot city.


The foundation stone was laid in 1868 and the college was formally opened in 1870. The college was founded for the education of the Princely order by the Princes and Chiefs of Kathiawad for their sons and relations.

The First Forty Years of the Rajkumar College is an account of the origin of the college, prepared and abridged from the papers of Chester Macnaghten, first principal of the college and other sources. It was compiled in seven volumes by Maharaja Bhavsinhji of Bhavnagar, an alumnus, like his father Takhtsinhji and son, Krishna Kumarsinhji.

In 1938, on the initiative of its founding members, the college became a Public School (private school in Western terms). The college is a founding member of the Indian Public Schools Conference, and a member of The Round Square
Round Square
The Round Square Conference of Schools is a worldwide association of more than 80 schools that allows students to travel between schools,tour foreign countries, involve themselves in community service and discover cultures along the way.-History:...

 Conference of Schools, a worldwide association of more than 60 schools that allows students to travel between schools and tour the country or do community service.

In 2001 the college opened its doors to girls, in what has been a boys' bastion for over a century. The school has around 50 girls, with boarding facilities.

Another endeavor of The Rajkumar College Administration has been Priyalok Villas, a pre-school program for the kids; originally housed in a 1909 Hyde sanatorium but now housed in a different building. Whilst having its own domain, it has access to all the facilities of the Rajkumar College.

The school is expanding. The Rajkumar College for Girls, a secondary school was inaugurated on March, 24, 2011; prelude to this, the fully functional elementary co-ed school has flourished for a decade.

Inauguration of the Rajkumar College for Girls, Rajkot

The Rajkumar College for Girls was inaugurated on March 24, 2011, by Dr. Shrimati Kamla, Governor of Gujarat. The Principal, Mr. Thakkar, said that it was a special day for the Rajkumar family. Almost hundred and forty years ago on 16th December, 1870 the college was inaugurated by the Governor of the Bombay Presidency, Sir Seymour Fitzgerald and another venture of the same college was also being inaugurated by a Governor, the first lady of Gujarat.


Sport teams from the college travel to various parts of the country to participate in Inter Public School Competitions and District/State/National Level sport events.

Co-curricular activities include public speaking/recitation/debates, bio-enrichment camps, and other cultural activities.

The college motto is Yasya Bhuddhibalam Tasya, ("Knowledge is Power").

Notable alumni

  • Lael Anson Best - graduated BS in 1975. Chief of Thoracic Surgery
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     at Rambam Medical Center
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    , Israel
  • Krishna Kumarasingh Bhavasingh
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     - Maharaja of Bhavnagar State, the first Governor of Madras state
  • Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji of Porbandar - Maharaja of Porbandar
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  • K.S. Digvijaysinhji - Maharaja Jam Sahib
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  • Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji
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    Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji Jadeja was a cricketer who played for England. He was educated at the Rajkumar College, Rajkot, India.-Career:...

     - cricketer
  • Bhagvatsingh of Gondal
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    , physician and architect
  • Kumar Indrajitsinhji
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     - test cricketer
  • Rajendrasinhji Jadeja
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    - Commander-in-Chief of the Indian armed forces
  • Kavi Kalapi
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     - poet
  • Ashok Kamte
    Ashok Kamte
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     - Mumbai Police
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      Additional Commissioner of Mumbai Police for the East Region, killed in 2008 Mumbai attacks
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  • K S Ranjitsinhji
    K S Ranjitsinhji
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     - test cricketer
  • Takhtsinhji
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     - Maharaja of Bhavnagar
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Council President

  • Thakor Saheb Chaitanyadev of Wadhwan - President
  • Meghrajji III of Dhrangadhra-Halvad
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