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

April 1st, 2011

This is an initial draft partly based on a draft article that I recently wrote. 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

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.
Khallikote College, Berhampur 1878

Started as an intermediate college in 1878.

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
SCB Medical College, Cuttack 1944
Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack 1946
Vikram Dev College, Jeypore 1947
MPC College, Baripada 1948
Bhadrak College 1948
Gopabandhu Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Puri 1949
University College of Engineering, Burla 1956
Govt. College of Art and Crafts, Khallikote 1957
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
Government Autonomous College, Bhawanipatna 1960/61 Started as Kalahandi Science College in 1960; taken over by state government in 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
Dr. Parshuram Mishra Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Sambalpur 1962-63
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
Sambalpur University 1967
Berhampur University 1967
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.
SV Nirtar, Cuttack 1975
Government Ayurvedic College, Balangir 1975  
Kaviraj Ananta Tripathy Sharma Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Ganjam 1975  
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.
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
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. may be the new website.
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
Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar 2015 Odisha assembly passed this bill on December 7th, 2015.
IIESR, Berhampur 2016 Announced in 2015-16 Central Budget;
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
Mahanadi Institute of Medical Science & Research, Talcher   See

 Some of the ones for which I have not been able to find the dates are:


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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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