Sambalpur University

Sambalpur University is located at Sambalpur, India, in the Indian state of Odisha.[2] Popularly known as Jyoti Vihar. It offers courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Governor of Odisha is the Chancellor of the university. The campus is located 15 km away from Sambalpur in Burla.

Sambalpur University
Sambalpur university logo
MottoVidyaya Vindatemrutam (Sanskrit)
ChancellorGovernor of Odisha
Vice-ChancellorDeepak Kumar Behera[1]
Location, ,
20°28′23″N 85°53′28″E / 20.473°N 85.891°E


On 10 December 1966 the Sambalpur University Act was passed by the Odisha Legislature for establishment of a University in the Western part of Odisha. This institute started from 1 January 1967. The first Vice-Chancellor was Prof. Parasuram Mishra. The University started functioning in 1967 in a rented private building at Dhanupali, Sambalpur; then in a government building at Ainthapali, Sambalpur. In 1973 the University was shifted to the present campus named Jyoti Vihar at Burla.

It is also a designated 'Manuscript Conservation Centre' (MCC) under the National Mission for Manuscripts established in 2003.[3]


The present campus of the University is located at Burla, 2 km away from NH 6. The campus of this university is in the vicinity of Mahanadi Coal Fields Limited, VSSUT[4] and located on the foothills of the world-famous Hirakud Dam.

Infrastructure and facilities

Sambalpur University is located at Burla, Western Odisha. The university is surrounded by dense forest and hills. This campus is very natural and beautiful. One can enjoy the green scenery during winter and rainy season. This varsity is well known as the knowledge hub of Western Odisha.

There are ten postgraduate hostels in the university campus out of which four are ladies’ hostels and six are men’s hostels. The university provides several facilities to the boarders in the hostels like common room with television, reading room with newspaper and magazine, guest room, first aid, STD telephone booth, etc. The central canteen has been opened near the hostel campus for the benefit of students. There are two nationalized banks, one post-office, one health center, one auditorium, one police-out post, one faculty house and one community center have been established in the university campus for providing services to students/teachers and employees in the campus.


Admission to PG Diploma, MA, M Sc., M Tech, M.Phil, M.C.A, M.B.A and PhD courses are being conducted with an entrance examination. A smart number of candidates from various parts of the country/abroad come for this examination.

Academics and research

The postgraduate (PG) departments of Sambalpur University offers PG Diploma, MA, M Sc., M Tech, M.Phil, PhD, and D.Sc degrees. All the departments are actively involved in research and well equipped for research facility for NET/JRF/GATE students.[5] This varsity offers a limited numbers of scholarships for bright students to pursue their research work in various fields. Many PG departments have been recognized as centre of excellence and have been receiving special grants for conducting cutting edge research. Various P.G. Depts are also working on DRS projects. Apart from this the university faculties have their own research projects funded by national and international agencies and the students are admitted as research fellows in such schemes. Following are the PG departments of Samabalpur University, Jyoti Vihar.[6]

  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • History
  • Home Science
  • Journalism
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Oriya
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Law
  • Library & Information Science
  • Sambalpuri Studies
  • Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology
  • Center for Food Science & Technology
  • Notes of Political Science

Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education

The Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education has started in the year 1998 with only on-campus courses in collaboration with P.G. Departments of Sambalpur University. In the year 2000 the Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education has launched BCA, PGDCA and PGDIT courses. In the year 2003 the Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education has started floating MCA (Direct and Lateral), DCA Course and In the year 2006 the D.D.C.E. has started floating MBA (Off Campus) full-time courses.


  1. ^ "Sambalpur University :: Administration Hierarchy". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Sambalpur University". Sambalpur University. Retrieved 2011-06-05.
  3. ^ "Manuscript Conservation Centres". National Mission for Manuscripts. Archived from the original on 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2011-06-05.
  4. ^ "Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Odisha". Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology. Retrieved 2011-06-05.
  5. ^ "Research Facility". Sambalpur University. Retrieved 2011-06-05.
  6. ^ "Post Graduate". Sambalpur University. Retrieved 2011-06-05.

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