Major higher education and research milestones in Odisha history (work in progress)

April 1st, 2011

(Last Updated on 7th January 2019.)

This grew out of a draft article that I wrote few years ago. I will fill in more details and more items as time permits. Please suggest missing items and links in the comment section. Especially I would like to add information on all the government degree colleges. (A list is at
The list of all degree colleges, about 548 of them, is at )

Institution Founding and milestone Years Comments
Puspagiri University in Jajpur district   Mentioned in the writings of Huien Tsang, who visited it in 639 AD. See and
Ratnagiri University in Jajpur district   Mentioned in Tibetan Writings. See Mrs. Debala Mitra’s books “Ratnagiri” and “Buddhist Monuments of Odisha“.
Ravenshaw University, Cuttack 1868/2006 Started as an intermediate college in 1868; became a university in 2006.
Radha Nath Institute of Adavanced Studies in Education, Cuttack 1869 Started as Cuttack Normal School.
Madhusudan Law College, Cuttack 1869 Origin goes back to 1869. Started as a separate college in 1943.
Khallikote College, Berhampur 1878/2015 Started as an intermediate college in 1878. Became university in 2015.
SKCG College, Parlakhemundi  1896
Shailabala Women’s College, Cuttack  1913 Telegraph article: Started intermediate classes in 1913 and graduate classes in 1946. Home page:
Utkal University, Bhubaneswar
Fakir Mohan College, Balasore 1944
Rajendra College, Balangir 1944
SCS College, Puri 1944
GM College, Sambalpur 1944/2015 Became university in 2015.
SCB Medical College, Cuttack 1944
Christ College, Cuttack 1944
Stewart Science College, Cuttack 1944
N.C. Autonomous College, Jajpur 1945,_Jajpur.
Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack 1946
Vikram Dev College, Jeypore 1947
MPC College, Baripada 1948
Bhadrak College 1948
Gopabandhu Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Puri 1949
Madhusudan Institute of Co-operative Management 1955
University College of Engineering, Burla 1956
Govt. College of Art and Crafts, Khallikote 1957
Govt. College Angul 1957
Dharnidhar Autonomous College, Keonjhar 1957
S.B.R. Government Autonomous Women’s College, Berhampur 1958
Govt. College Sundargarh 1958
Dhenkanal Autonomous College, Dhenkanal 1959
Vir Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science & Research, Burla (Formerly: VSS Medical College) 1959/2014 Became a university in 2014. Bill passed on February 14, 2014
Kendrapada Autonomous College 1959
Government Autonomous College, Phulbani 1960
KKS Women’s College, Balasore 1960
Panchayat College, Baragarh 1960
Government Autonomous College, Bhawanipatna 1960/61 Started as Kalahandi Science College in 1960; taken over by state government in 1961.
Government Women’s College, Puri 1961
Government Autonomous College, Rourkela 1961
NIT, Rourkela 1961/2002 Started as REC in 1961; became NIT in 2002; NIT act passed in 2007.
BJB College, Bhubaneswar 1962
OUAT, Bhubaneswar 1962 Second oldest agricultural university in the country. Has colleges in 4 locations: Bhubaneswar – 6 colleges and 1 center), Rangeilunda (Berhampur) – 1 college , Chipilima (Sambalpur) – 2 colleges and Bhawanipatna – 1 college.
MKCG Medical College, Berhampur 1962
IMIT Cuttack 1962
Dr. Parshuram Mishra Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Sambalpur 1962-63
SVM Autonomous College, Jagatsinghpur 1963
Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Bhubaneswar 1963 It is part of NCERT which was set up in 1961. As per this wikipedia entry the Regional College of Educations (RCEs), the predecessor of RIEs were set up in 1963.
IMMT (formerly RRL), Bhubaneswar 1964
Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya 1964
Rama Devi Women’s college, Bhubaneswar 1964/2015 Became university in 2015.
Vyasa Nagar Autonomous College, Jajpur Rd. 1966
Rayagada Autonomous College 1966
Sambalpur University 1967
Berhampur University 1967
Sushilavati Government Women’s College ,Rourkela 1967
Government Women’s College, Balangir 1967
Aska Science College 1968
Govt. College (Formerly D.A.V.College), Koraput 1968
Government Science College, Chatrapur 1969
Talcher Autonomous College 1969
Dr. Abhin Chandra Homeopathic medical college, Bhubaneswar 1969
Regional Center of Central Institute of Indian Languages 1970
Puri Campus of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan 1971 State operated Sadashiva Sanskrit College was taken over by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan and made a campus of it.
National Institute of Social Work and Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar 1971
Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar 1972 Taken over by DAE in 1985.
JKBK College, Cuttack 1972
Rajdhani College, Bhubaneswar 1973
Dhenkanal Mahila Mahavidyalaya 1975
Paradeep College 1975
SV Nirtar, Cuttack 1975
Government Ayurvedic College, Balangir 1975
Kaviraj Ananta Tripathy Sharma Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Ganjam 1975
Ispat Autonomous College, Rourkela 1978
Binayak Acharya College, Berhampur 1978
Govt. Women’s College, Sundargarh 1978
Ekamra College, Bhubaneswar 1978
Govt. Women’s College, Keonjhar 1979
Govt. women’s college at Jeypore 1979
INS, Chilika 1980 (establishment commissioned) As per the book, “Transition to Eminence: The Indian Navy 1976-1990” by G. M. Hiranandani, in 1986 INS Chilika became Indian Navy’s sole establishment to impart initial training to sailors on entry.
Niranjan Govt. Women’s College, Aska 1980
College of Teacher Education (CTE) Rourkela 1981
Government Women’s College, Bhawanipatna 1981
Sri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri 1981
Regional Medical Research Center (RMRC), Bhubaneswar 1981
CET Bhubaneswar 1981
Regional College of Management, Bhubaneswar 1982 (First management college of Odisha.)
Army Air Defense College, Gopalpur 1984 Link. (Google it if it does not work.)
B. K. College of Art and Craft, Bhubaneswar 1984
Institute of Hotel Management, Bhubaneswar 1984 Started as a Foodcraft institute in 1973; became State institute of Hotel Management in 1981. Became GOI funded in 1984.
IGIT Sarang 1985
CIPET, Bhubaneswar 1986
Orissa Engineering College (Odisha’s first private engineering college), Bhubaneswar 1986
Orissa institute of maritime and south-east asian studies 1986
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi research center 1986
Nabakrushna Choudhury Center for Developmental Studies, Bhubaneswar 1987
Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneswar 1987
XIM Bhubaneswar 1987 Became part of newly established Xavier University in 2013.
Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar 1989 Taken over by Dept. of Biotechnology in 2002.

Orissa Maritime Academy, Paradeep 1992
IIMC Dhenkanal 1993
Degree stream started in OSME Keonjhar 1996
Second and third private Engineering Colleges established 1996 NIST Berhampur, JIET Cuttack.
IITTM Bhubaneswar Campus 1996 References:
Nine new Private Engineering Colleges 1997 Bhadrak Inst of Engg & Tech, CV Raman, GIET Gunupur, GHITM Puri, ITER, JITM Parlakhemundi, Sanjay Memorial Berhampur, Seemanta Mayurbhanj, KIIT.
One new private Engineering College. First private architecture college.
1998 ABIT.
Ten new private Engineering Colleges 1999 CEB, DRIEMS, Gopal Krishna Jeypore, Krupajala, Majhighariani Rayagada, Padmanava Rourkela, Purushottam Rourkela, Satyasai Balasore, Synergy Dhenkanal.
North Orissa University, Baripada 1999
Fakir Mohan University, Balasore 1999
Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar 1999
Institute of Mathematics & Applications, Bhubaneswar 1999
College of IT & Management Education, Bhubaneswar 2000
One new private Engineering College 2000 EAST.
Six new private Engineering Colleges 2001 Balasore College of Engg and Tech, IACR Rayagada, KISD, Mahavir, Samanta Chandra Sekhar Koraput, Silicon Bhubaneswar,
Three new private Engineering Colleges 2002 KIST, Padmashree Baragarh, Roland Berhampur.
BPNSI, Puri 2002
BPUT, Rourkela 2002
Two new private Engineering Colleges 2004 GITA, NMIET.
State Institute of Hotel Managament, Balangir 2004/2011 Started as a Food Craft Institute in 2004.

Became State Institute of Hotel Management in 2011.

KIIT Bhubaneswar became KIIT deemed university 2004
First private medical college: Hi-tech medical college, Bhubaneswar
First private dental college: Gandhi Dental College, Bhubaneswar 2005
Two new private Engineering Colleges 2005 Techno, Trident.
One new private Engineering Colleges 2006 Gandhi EC Bhubaneswar.
Ravenshaw College became Ravenshaw university 2006
ITER Bhubaneswar became SOA deemed university 2007
IIIT Bhubaneswar 2007/2013 IIIT bill (to make it a state university) approved in August 2013.
KIMS (Second private medical college) 2007
IMS (Third private medical college) 2007
NISER Bhubaneswar 2007 NIS announced in 2003; NISER announced in 2006. See

Six new private Engineering Colleges 2007 Gandhi IFT Bhubaneswar, Indus, Nalanda, Rajdhani, Sundergarh, Templecity.
Seventeen new private Engineering Colleges 2008 Apex, BEC, Black Diamond Jharsuguda, BRM, Centurion, GIIT Berhampur, GIST Rayagada, GITM Bhubaneswar, Hi-Tech Khurda, Indic, Kalam Berhampur, Koustuv, Maharaja, Modern Balasore, Modern Bhubaneswar, Subas, Vignan Berhampur.
IIHT Baragarh 2008
IIT Bhubaneswar 2008 Announced March 28th 2008. See

National Law University of Orissa, Cuttack 2008-2009
UCE Burla became VSSUT 2009
Central University of Orissa, Koraput 2009 Announced March 28th 2008. See

Sri Sri University 2009/2012 Bill passed in 2009. Classes started in 2012.
Vedanta University bill passed in the Odisha assembly 2009
Parla Maharaj Engineering College, Berhampur 2009
Government Engineering College, Bhawanipatna 2009
Twenty seven new Private Engineering Colleges 2009 Adarsa Angul, Aryan, BIT, Einstein, Ekalavya, Gandhi AT Berhampur, GIET Khurda, Gurukula, Hi-Tech Bhubaneswar, Indotech, KMBB, Nigam,  Oxford, Rahul Berhampur, Shibani, Silicon Sambalpur, Sophitorium, Spintronic, Srinix Balasore, Suddhananda Cuttack, Synergy Khurda, Vedang, Vikash Baragarh,   VITS, Vijyanjali Balasore, VIVTECH, Xavier.
Seven new private Engineering Colleges 2010 BIIT, Capital, IIET, Radhakrishna, RITAM Rayagada, Kruttika, BAT Bhubaneswar.
ICFAI university Bill passed in the Odisha assembly 2010  
Centurion University of Technology and Management, Parlakhemundi 2010 The HQ of this university is in Parlakhemundi taking over JITM, which was established in 1997. Centurion Institute in Bhubaneswar also became a part of the university.

SU-IIT, Sambalpur 2010
NIFT, Bhubaneswar 2010
IIPH (Indian Institute of Public Health), Bhubaneswar 2010
IMI Bhubaneswar 2011
AIIMS, Bhubaneswar 2012
Hi-Tech Medical College, Rourkela 2012
Xavier University, Bhubaneswar 2013
BIMTECH Bhubaneswar 2013
Vir Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science & Research, Burla (Formerly: VSS Medical College) 2014 Became a university in 2014. Bill passed on February 14, 2014.
Odisha Open University, Sambalpur 2014 Bill passed in Odisha assembly on December 4th, 2014.
Rama Devi Women’s University, Bhubaneswar 2015
Gangadhar Meher University, Sambalpur 2015
Khallikote University, Berhampur 2015
North Odisha University, Second Campus, Keonjhar 2016 At Suleikhamar.
Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar 2015 Odisha assembly passed this bill on December 7th, 2015.
IISER, Berhampur 2016
Skill Development Institute (SDI), Bhubaneswar 2016
ICAR International Center for Foot and Mouth Diseases, Bhubaneswar 2017
8 Model degree Colleges 2017 Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Boudh, Deogarh, Nuapada, Subarnapur and Nayagarh.
Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital, Baripada 2017
Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital, Koraput 2017
KISS, Bhubaneswar 2017 Becomes a deemed university under the de-novo category
Odia University, Bhubaneswar 2017 Bill passed in Odisha assembly on September 14, 2017
AIPH University, Bhubaneswar 2017 Bill passed in Odisha assembly on December 15, 2017. It started as an institute in 2008. Its current web page is
Medical College and Hospital, Balasore 2018
Medical College and Hospital, Balangir 2018
Gandhi Institute of Engineering and Technology University, Gunupur 2018
ICT (Institute of Chemical Technology) Mumbai’s IOC-Bhubaneswar campus 2018
National Skill Training Institute, Bhubaneswar 2018;
Rajendra University, Balangir 2019 Established 2nd March 2019. Rajendra College was established in 1944.
Utkal University, Rural Campus, Chandikohole 2019 Jajpur District.
Kalahandi University, Bhawanipatna 2019 Established 6th March 2019. Will mostly likely be an upgradation of This was established in 1960.
World Skills Center, Bhubaneswar 2019? In the works. See
ASBM, Bhubaneswar 2019? Odisha Cabinet approves this on 1/28/2019
CVRaman, Bhubaneswar 2019? CM has cleared the file on 22nd September 2017. Bill expected in the winter session and CVRaman is expected to run as a university from 2018.
Madhusudan Law University, Cuttack 2019? CM announced about upgrading MS Law College to a university. See
Jagadguru Kripalu University, Naraj 2019? In the works.
NIST University, Berhampur 2019? In the works.
Silicon University, Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar 2019? In the works.
6 more Model Degree Colleges 2019? MHRD announced 6 more degree colleges in Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Bolangir and Koraput at a cost of 12 crore each. See
Indian Institute of Skills, Bhubaneswar 2019? In the works.
Medical College and Hospital, Puri 2019? Expected.
Mahanadi Institute of Medical Science & Research, Talcher 2019? See
NTPC Medical College and Hospital, Sundargarh 2019?
ISPAT General Hospital (IGH) and Medical College, Rourkela 2019?
Advanced Training Institute (ATI), Bhubaneswar Announced in 2016 See news reports on this at
Medical College and Hospital, Keonjhar 2020? Expected.
Medical College and Hospital, Kalahandi 2020? Expected.
Medical College and Hospital, Jajpur 2022? Announced, but no progress yet.
Xavier Business School, Rourkela Announced in 2015  
Regional Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Bhubaneswar   See news reports on this at
University of Innovation, Bhubaneswar   Announced March 28th 2008. See

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7 Writeup

  • 1. Biswa  |  April 2nd, 2011 at 6:52 am

    RIE was estd in 1961.

  • 2. Chitta Baral  |  April 2nd, 2011 at 7:56 am

    @Biswa Thanks very much.

  • 3. Devasis  |  April 4th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for the listing and also painstaikenly working to make Odisha the Knowledge Hub of Eastern India and in due course India too. Regards…….devasis

  • 4. Nitin  |  April 7th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Awesome listing, wow

  • 5. rabi narayan dash  |  April 8th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    for a long time i needed this information. thanx

  • 6. Odia Dude  |  April 9th, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Great work indeed. As we all know the strength of our state is natural resources . Unfortunatey, mines of our state is being exploited by private parties who contribute nothing towards peripheral development or our state development fund. Recently was apalled to hear that the highest tax payer of India is a miner from Odisha whose name is some Ahluwalia. Mr Ahluwali has not contributed a single penny to CM’s relief fund, let alone development of local areas. We need to stop this. We need to protect our mines for our future generation. Need to generate awareness.The loot must stop as there s no transparency. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

  • 7. Chitta Baral  |  December 7th, 2012 at 5:19 am

    As per
    RIE was set up in 1963 .


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