• About Berhampur University

    The Berhampur University came into existence on 2nd January 1967 being inaugurated by Dr. A.N. Khosla, the then Governor of Orissa and the first Chancellor of the University. The University was later shifted to the present site known as Bhanja Bihar, named after the celebrated poet of Orissa Kabisamrat Upendra Bhanja. Spreading over an area of about two hundred fifty acres the university is 12 kms and 5 kms away from the Berhampur City and Sea-beach of Gopalpur respectively.


    The university has a wide area under its jurisdiction comprising the districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nowrangapur, Malkangiri, Kandhamala and Boudh. Eleven Govt. colleges, sixty two non Govt. colleges and twenty six professional technical colleges are affiliated to the university. To the credit of the university these institutes cater to the need of students in various subjects and disciplines such as Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Education, Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacology, Homoeopathy, Ayurveda, Nursing, Military Science, Library Science and Fine Arts.


    There are twenty post-graduate departments in the university offering specialized subjects and M. Phil programmes. Some of the faculties like Mass Communication, Tourism and Indian Monuments, Electronic Science, Computer Science, Marine Science, Military Science make the University stand apart from some other universities of the country.

    The university has achieved great distinction in the academic world due to the qualitative and quantitative production of M. Phil., Ph.D., D. Litt and D. Sc degrees. So far many projects, major and minor funded by the U.G.C., I.C.S.S.R., C.S.I.R. and D.S.T. etc. have been completed. About two hundred fifty research oriented and text books have been published by the teachers. The university has the record of holding seminars and conferences every year apart from organising weekly seminars in the departments. Several U.G.C. sponsored Refresher Courses/Orientation Programmes / Summer Institutes are conducted in the university for the benefit of the university and college teachers.


    With all such multifarious academic activities the university has so far received reciprocal recognition from many Indian universities. It is a permanent member of the Inter University Board of India and Sri Lanka as well as that of the Association of Common Wealth University of London. The University has got NAAC accrediation with a rating of B+.

    At present the Campus has eight teaching blocks, eight hostels, a health centre, an Engineering Office, a guest house, an M.E. School, a High School/Junior College, a Library, a Museum-cum-Archival Cell, a landing ground, a Play ground, a Sports Council centre, a shopping complex, a Canteen, an S.B.I. Branch, a Post Office, three temples and an Administrative Building with a Distant Education Cell and a College Development Council.

    On the whole for past many decades the university has remained as the symbol of glory and prosperity for the people of South Orissa. Though the university has completed 40 years and has carved for itself a place of pride in the academic map of the country, yet it has miles and miles ahead to go in the service of the students, scholars and society and the country at large.


Why Berhampur University

  • Promote inclusive growth in order to cater to the educational needs of the underprivileged people of Southern Odisha, while striving for excellence in scholarship at par with N
  • Achieve innovation in teaching, learning and research to realize goals of higher education.
  • Empower students with relevant knowledge, competence and creativity to face future challenges.
  • Create modern teaching ambience for quality academics by providing necessary infrastructure and support to teachers, students and employees.
  • Generate awareness of human rights, value systems, culture, heritage, scientific temper and environment.
  • Preserve intangible cultural heritage of the region through documentation
  • Inculcate amongst students an academic rigor which will inspire them to realize their full potential and contribute to the development of the society as a whole.
  • To fulfil this mission, the broad objectives of the University are:
  • Upgrade the number, structure and delivery mechanisms of its curricular programmes, with a view to increasing their social relevance, access and equity.
  • Achieve convergence of open and conventional learning systems, so that economically disadvantaged students can be included in the mainstream of education.
  • Support basic as well as utility-oriented research both within and across disciplines, thereby achieving a proper balance between basic and applied knowledge.
  • Develop curricular and research programmes that would effectively combine the promotion of sustainable human development with quality learning at par with international standards.
  • Develop job-oriented self-financing courses, so that the initial expenditure incurred in meeting the above objectives can be supported by the University itself.
  • Berhampur University has been instrumental in serving the disadvantaged tribal as well as non-tribal communities of Southern Odisha and in building a knowledge society in which knowledge does not remain a prerogative of the dominant few. It further aims at inclusive and equitable growth of the society, thus, effecting transition from an information poor to information rich; knowledge poor to knowledge rich and economically poor to a resourceful and skilful society.
  • The University seeks to take long strides in harnessing the outcome of teaching and research in various fields by way of ensuring inclusive growth and thereby to prove itself to be a center of excellence in the domain of higher education. It further envisions taking up the social responsibility towards the total uplift of the weaker section of people of the region by providing quality education in consonance with the motto of the university, i.e. Tamaso ma Jyotirgamaya which means from darkness to light may I go from ignorance to wisdom may I move.
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