Sambalpur University (Odia: ସମ୍ବଲପୁର ବିଶ୍ଵବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ) is located at Sambalpur, India, in the Indian state of Odisha. Popularly known as Jyoti Vihar. It offers courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Governor of Odisha is the Chancellor of the university. 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.
The dissemination of knowledge, a vital aspect of the
University, comes from national and International Seminars,
Conferences, Symposia, Workshops, through research projects and
collaboration with International and national bodies. The Academic
Staff College established in 2000, affiliated colleges and colleges of
potential excellence further add to the dissemination of knowledge.
The extension programme of the University through
Directorate and Continuing Education, a Cell for Private examinations.
Sports and other activities like translating works of writers and poets
and giving honours to social personalities link the University with the
The University besides imparting education in Arts, Science,
Commerce, Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine, Law, Physical Education,
Management, Computer Sciences, Yoga Courses etc. has a mission and
vision as per the concept of an University given by late Prime Minister
Jawaharlal Nehru. The University has a national perspective and has
instituted the “Gangadhar National Award” for poetry and has honoured
poets from different parts of the country.
Another mission of the University is to prepare Alumni in
national and International platforms, helping them qualify U.G.C.,
C.S.I.R., N.E.T. examinations and other Civil Service examinations in
Publication of Articles in leading journals in India and
abroad has been another successful mission. The academic leadership of
the University is expressed through various distinctions in national and
international academic bodies.
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Sambalpur University, Jyoti Vihar
Sambalpur, Odisha- 768019 (INDIA)