Bhubaneswar, Nov 24 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the five-day platinum jubilee celebrations of Utkal University in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
The state government announced a Rs 100-crore special assistance to Utkal University, Odisha’s oldest post-graduate institute, which the Central and state governments aim to project among the top 100 universities in the world.
The premier university conferred the tag of ‘mother of universities in Odisha’, churned out an illustrious alumni who have set a benchmark in academics and research.
Here are the 10 things that you would like to know about Utkal University.
1. It was Ravenshaw College that gave birth to the new university, nursed and sustained it.
It operated from the College’s present Zoology department building premises. In I943, the university with its full-fledged infrastructure was relocated to the sprawling 399.9-acre campus at Vani Vihar in the heart of the capital.
2. The university functioned mainly as an affiliating body.
In 1949, it took over the management of the undergraduate department of law from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack and established its first constituent college now known as Madhusudan Law College, Cuttack.
3. Prana Krushna Parija, principal of Ravenshaw College, Cuttack was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University.
4. V V John, the assistant professor of English in Ravenshaw College was the first registrar.
5. This is the largest affiliating university in the country with 267 affiliated general colleges, 15 law colleges, 6 medical and pharmacy colleges.
6. At present, the University has 27 post-graduate teaching and research departments located within the campus.
7. The University also offers 15 sponsored courses and three University Grants Commission-sponsored innovative programmes.
8. The university has also three constituent institutions: Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education, University Law College at Vani Vihar and M S Law College at Cuttack.
9. During the 11th Plan period, the University Grants Commission accorded Colleges with Potential for Excellence (CPE) status to five colleges under the University.
10. The university has jurisdiction over nine districts in the state: Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khordha, Nayagarh and Puri, catering to the higher education of a population of over 11 million people.