Regional Universities

Existing Regional Universities are
  • Utkal University 
    • From http://www.exam-results.com/universitiesinorissa/utkaluniversity.htm 
    • The Utkal University, established in the year 1943, is the seventeenth oldest University in India. Its present campus at Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar is located in an area of 399.9 Acres with the Sainik School to its north, National High way No.5 to its south, Regional Research Laboratory and Institute of Physics to its west and the south Eastern Railway line to its east. The Foundation stone of this Campus was laid by Dr.Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India on 1st January 1958 and the Campus was inaugurated by Dr.S.Radhakrishnan, the second President of India on second January 1963. This is a teaching-cum-affiliating University. There are at present twentysix Post-Graduate Departments located in the University Campus for Post-Graduate studies and research in various disciplines of Science, Humanities ,Business Administration, Social Science, Law and Commerce. The total number of students in the P.G. Department of the campus at Vani Vihar is nearly 3,000. 

      ... The University University has now the jurisdiction over 9 districts, viz, Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri ... At present the University has twentysix Post-Graduate teaching and research departments located within the campus and three constituent Institutions, viz. Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education, University Law College at Vani Vihar and M.S. Law College at Cuttack. Besides the regular courses, twentysix sponsored courses are offered under the diresct academic control of the P.G.Council of the University.
  • Berhampur University
    • From http://www.exam-results.com/universitiesinorissa/berhampuruniversity.htm 
    • 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 twelve kilometres and 5 kilometers away from the Berhampur City and Sea-beach of Gopalpur respectively.

      The university has a wide area under its jurisdiction comprising the 7 districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nowrangapur, Malkangiri, and Phulbani. Eleven Govt. colleges, sixty two non Govt. colleges and twenty six professional technical colleges are affiliated to the university (as on 30.11.01). 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 make the University stand apart from some other universities of the country.

  • Sambalpur University
    • From http://www.exam-results.com/universitiesinorissa/samburuniversity.htm 
    • The Sambalpur University Act was passed by the Orissa Legislature on 10th December, 1966 to fulfill long cherished dream of the people of Western Orissa for establishment of a University. The University started functioning from 1st January, 1967 with Prof.Parsuram Mishra as the first Vice-Chancellor. The University was inaugurated on 4th January, 1967 by Hon’ble Chancellor A.N.Khosla. The University started functioning in 1967 in a rented private building at Dhanupali, Sambalpur and in Government building at Ainthapali, Sambalpur from 1968 - 72. In the year 1973 the University was shifted to the present campus named Jyoti Vihar at Burla.

      The territorial jurisdiction of the University covers 10 districts of the state of Orissa namely Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Bargarh, Bolangir, Subarnapur, Nawapara, Kalahandi, Boudh and Athamallik Sub-Division of Angul District.

      The University at Jyoti Vihar provides Post-Graduate education in Twenty-seven subjects through Twenty Post-Graduate Departments.

      The University Post-Graduate Departments offer one-year study Programme for M.Phil Degree, two years study programme for the Degrees of M.A./M.Sc./LL.M./ Business Administration/ M.Lib & Inf.Science, One-Year P.G. Diploma Course in Computer Science & Application and Diploma Course in Sambalpuri Studies and Three-Year course in M.C.A. and Executive M.B.A.
  • Fakir Mohan University
    • Jurisdiction: Bhadrak and Balasore
  • North Orissa University
    • Jurisdiction: Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar
The first three in the above list have a huge number of affiliated colleges. So they may be split. The article at http://www.orissadiary.com/ShowOriyaColumn.asp?id=10234 suggests some approaches to split them. Using some ideas from there, and considering 50-60 affiliated colleges to be a manageable one, following is a possible break-up.

 Current University (number of affiliated colleges) Districts under its jurisdictionLocation of new regional/metropolitan
Universities - By 2015
(GOAL: Bring the average number of affiliated colleges per university to between 50-60)
Location of new Unitary Universities  - By 2011Coverage of urban areas by local universities - First phase  (By 2020)
(GOAL: Have a local university in an urban agglomeration with a population of 100 K)
Coverage of urban areas by local universities - Second phase 
(By 2025/2030/2035)
(GOAL: Have a local university in an urban agglomeration with a population of 100 K)
 Utkal (330) Angul Angul     
  Cuttack  Ravenshaw (already made)  
  Dhenkanal   Dhenkanal - 2025
  Jajpur Panikoili or Kalinganagar   
  Jagatsinghpur  Paradeep   
  Kendrapada   Kendrapada - Pattamundai - 2030
  Khurda*Bhubaneswar Metropolitan U*   
  Nayagarh    
  Puri Puri   
 Berhampur (91) Ganjam  Khallikote Aska-Kabisuryanagar  2030/35
(whenever it gets to 100K)
  Gajapati  Parlakhemundi (exception to the 100K guideline) 
  KoraputJeypore (geographical coverage)   
  Malkangiri    
  Nowrangpur    
  Phulbani Phulbani   
  Rayagada
  Rayagada  
 Sambalpur (177) Baragarh   Baragarh 
  Bolangir Balangir  Titlagarh-Kesinga
- 2030/35 
(whenever it gets to 100K)
  Boudha    
  Deogarh    
  Jharsuguda   Jharsuguda 
  Kalahandi Bhawanipatna   
  Nawapara    
  Sambalpur  GM  
  Sonepur    
  Sundergarh Rourkela  Sundergarh - 2025/2030
(whenever it gets to 100K)
 Fakirmohan  (63) Balasore    
  Bhadrak   BhadrakDhamara - Chandabali - 2030
 NOU   (69) Keonjhar Keonjhar (geographical coverage)  Joda-Barbil 
  Mayurbhanj    

A slightly different approach from making so many new universities would be to have multiple campuses of universities except for a few special cases. For example:
  • Utkal University may have new campuses in Anugul, Panikoili/Kalinganagar,  Paradeep and Puri by 2015.
  • Berahampur University may have new campuses in Jeypore and Phulbani by 2015.
  • Sambalpur university may have new campuses in Balangir and Bhawanipatna by 2015.
  • Fakirmohan University may have a campus in Bhadrak by 2020.
  • NOU may have a campus in Keonjhar by 2015.
  • By virtue of the population in its metropolitan area, Rourkela should have a new university on its own.
  • GM and Khallikote are still made to unitary universities.
  • Bhubaneswar-Cuttack metropolitan University is still made in line of Delhi University or City University of New York.
Each campus has its own Pro Vice Chancellor and has its set of affiliated colleges and has more or less the freedom that a current VC has. 

One advantage of this approach is that the rest of the world is not confused by new university names and the existing branding carries over. 


Based on the above I am thinking of the following guidelines.
  • Urban area of 100K has at least a branch campus of a university.
  • Urban area of 500K has at least a university of its own.
  • Urban area of 2 million has a metropolitan university.
  • A constituent college which has 150 faculty becomes a unitary university.
  • A branch campus of a university which has 150 faculty becomes a university on its own.
  • Branch campuses start with 30-50 faculty. (Note NOU and Fakirmohan have 30 faculty now.)
  • Colleges and branch campuses can grow in many ways and in some sense can chart their own destiny and growth.
    • Besides approaching their university and the state for increasing faculty size they can also do many additional things.
      • Get support from UGC and ask state for some kind of a match.
      • Get money from MPLAD or MLALAD and ask state for some kind of a match.
      • Get money from industry and ask state for some kind of a match.



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