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Central University of Orissa Courses, Fees, Admission Process, Result, Scholarship, Reviews, Faculties, Ranking 2022

Central University of Orissa 

Central University of Odisha that is CUO, formerly the Central University of Orissa, was established by parliament under the Central Universities Act, 2009 (No. 3C of 2009) by the Government of India, located at Sunabeda Town, Koraput District in the Indian state of Odisha. The territorial jurisdiction of the university is the whole of Odisha state. 

The university was established in the year 2009 as the Central University of Orissa, by parliament under the Central Universities Act. It is one of the 20 new Central Universities established by the Government of India during the UGC XI Plan period to address the concerns of "equity & access" and as per the policy of the Government of India to increase access to quality higher education by the people in less educationally developed districts which have a Graduate Enrollment Ratio of less than the national average of 11%. 

Prof. (Dr.) Surabhi Banerjee was the first & founding Vice Chancellor of the Institute. 

In August 2019 it was renamed as Central University of Odisha through the Central Universities (Amendment) Act, 2019. 

The Central University of Odisha was established by the Parliament under the Central Universities Act, 2009 (No. 3C of 2009). It is one of the 15 new Central Universities established by the Government of India during the UGC XI Plan period to address the concerns of "equity & access" and as per the policy of the Government of India to increase the access to quality higher education by people in less educationally developed districts which have a Graduate Enrollment Ratio of less than the national average of about 11%. Koraput District of Odisha comes within the KBK region (Koraput, Bolangir & Kalahandi) which is still considered as an extremely as underdeveloped region of the State of Odisha .These 3 districts of the State are known for the tribal culture, because majority of the people here belong to the ST & SC categories. Since there is no Institute or any other national level educational set up in this region the Central University is proposed to be established here so that it may widen the access to the quality higher education in the country. 


The proposed site is situated in the village Chikapar & Chakarliput coming under Sunabeda NAC (Urban area). It is very close to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Sunabeda. A road constructed over the acquired land of the Indian Navy for the purposes of Naval Armament Depot joins the proposed location from N.H. 43 at the point of Sunabeda Junction-1 (about 6 Km.). Damanjodi railway station is at a distance of 15 Kms. And the Koraput railway station is at a distance of 25 Kms. The land size is about 450.09 acres spreading over village Chikapar (Ac. 310.96) and the adjoining Chakarliput (Ac. 139.13). 

The main campus of the Institute, covering an area of about 430.37 acres broadly comes under Sunabeda Municipality (Urban area) & is close to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) & Naval Armament Depot (NAD) at Sunabeda. It is connected to the NH - 26 by an approach road of about 4 KM distance. The nearest Railway Stations include Koraput (24 kms.), Dumuriput P.H. (12 kms.), and Damanjodi (20kms.). 



Department of English Language & Literature (DELL)

Department of Odia Language & Literature (DOLL)

Department of Hindi (DH)

Department of Sanskrit (DSKT) 


Department of Anthropology (DA)

Department of Sociology (DS)

Department of Economics (DE) 


Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (DJMC)

Department of Education (DEDN) 


Department of Mathematics (DM)

Department of Computer Science (DCS) 


Department of Biodiversity and Conservation of Natural Resources (DBCNR) 


Department of Business Management (DBM) 


Department of Statistics (DSTAT 


University Library is well equipped with both print & electronic resources. The Library is fully automated & functioning from its 2 campuses. The membership of the Central Library comprises candidates, faculty members, research scholars, officers & non teaching staff. Besides in-house members, the Library also caters to the needs of scholars & visitors from other academic & research institutions. 

Working Hours

Central Library remains open on all the Working Days of the Institute from 09:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs and on Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs. The Library remains closed on all the gazetted holidays. 

Library Services and Facilities

The following facilities are being provided to all the users of Central Library:

 Circulation Service

 OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue)

 New Arrivals

 Cyber Library

 Talking Library for the Visually Challenged

 Reprography (Photocopying) Services

 Wi-Fi Services

 Plagiarism Check through certified software

 Dedicated E-Resource Zone

 Institutional Digital Repository (IDR)

 Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD)

 Current Content Service

 Inter-Library Loan Facilities

 Document Delivery Services

 Back Volume of Periodicals

 Reserve Collection 

Fellowships or Scholarships or Freeships:

The Institute awards various fellowships or scholarships for the candidates of Undergraduate or Postgraduate or Ph.D. programmes. The scholarships and fellowships have been instituted as per the provision of the UGC, Central Government & the State Government. Freeships will also be provided to the candidates on the basis of their academic performance and/or financial condition, subject to the availability of funds at University & fulfilment of the eligibility criteria.

Visually Challenged candidates are provided Scribe Fee & Reader Allowance. 

UGC-funded Non-NET fellowships are provided to research scholars pursuing Ph.D. study programmes. The amount of fellowships, however, will vary from time to time as per the UGC norms.

Ph.D. scholars will be paid a fellowship of Rs.8000/- per month for a period of 3 years (six semesters) from the date of admission. This is extendable by one more year (two more semesters) in exceptional cases with specific justification from the supervisor & approval of the competent authority. 

Hostel Facility:

The University has 2 hostels – One Boys’ Hostel and One Girls’ Hostel in its main campus.

 The candidates seeking hostel accommodation have to opt for the hostel facility during online admission application. The selected candidates will be provided hostel accommodation as per the Institute rules.

 Mess facility attached to the hostel is compulsory for the boarders & is completely managed by the boarders. The mess offers food at moderate rates which may vary from time to time depending on the prevailing cost of provisions used in the mess. Even if a boarder does not avail the mess facility, he or she has to pay mess fees for 20 days (including breakfast, lunch and dinner).

 A hostel boarder shall follow the prescribed rules & regulations. He or she is required to observe all the requirements of the hostel community life and the social norms that living together demands. Each boarder has to give a written declaration to abide by the rules & regulations of the hostel at the time of admission and should adhere to the same in the letter and spirit.

 Violation of rules may make a boarder liable to disciplinary action which may result in the removal from the hostel or University.

 In case it is found at any later stage that incorrect information has been furnished or some material facts have been concealed, the boarder is liable for the action which the Institute may deem fit to take against him or her including eviction from the hostel. 


?     To develop a Central University of Odisha as an avant-grade premier Institute of the new millennium with a world-ethos-driven higher education agenda.

?     To develop an Institute which strikes a balance between teaching & scholarship & commitment to addressing society's educational, economic, and cultural challenges.

?     To develop the Institute with research as its flagship identity to foster, nurture & inculcate a research culture.

?     To collaborate or forge an academic alliance or partnership with flagship research institutes, universities & industries in India and abroad as envisaged in the UNESCO document.

?     To create a skilled workforce which can erase the invariable divide between the rural & urban needs, between the needs of the home & overseas?

?     To develop a knowledge base that brings a holistic balance between the indigenous needs and that of global needs. 


Provide quality education for all, so that we may fortify the backbone of our Country.

Disseminate 'inclusive education' to reach the unreached.

Advocate a wholesome symbiosis of the indigenous & the global scene.

Uphold a strongly grounded holistic worldview of the higher education.

Create a niche of its own. 


The “Objectives of the Institute” as envisaged in the Act are “to disseminate & advance knowledge by providing instructional & research facilities in such branches of learning as it may deem fit; to make special provisions for the integrated courses in humanities, social sciences, science & technology in its educational programmes; to take appropriate measures for promoting innovations in the teaching–learning process and interdisciplinary studies and research; to educate and train manpower for the development of the country; to establish linkages with industries for the promotion of science & technology; and to pay special attention to the improvement of the social & economic conditions and welfare of the people, their intellectual, academic and cultural development.” 

Prof. Sharat Kumar Palita Vice-Chancellor


It is a matter of immense pleasure that the Admission process for the Central University of Odisha at Koraput has begun for the academic session 2022-23. Higher Education in the India is under the process of transformation since rolling out of the NEP 2020. The focus on inter- disciplinary studies, research based & interactive learning integrating technology have opened up several options as well as created multiple challenges.

On this backdrop, the Central University of Odisha has joined the CUET- Central University Entrance Examination, which is to be conducted through the National Testing Agency (NTA), New Delhi. We are optimistic about the pan Indian presence of candidates in our campus. I welcome all the aspirants who desire to enrol in the academic programmes of the Central University of Odisha at the Koraput. Candidates are the main strength of any University of higher learning. The prospectus of the CUO is one stop destination for the candidate aspirants for all that they wish to know about their Institute.

I congratulate the CUO Admission Committee for the dedicated & diligent manner in which they have carried out their task. We wish all the very best for the candidate aspirants who plan to write their entrance exams to various academic programmes of this Institute. We are confident that together we can make a difference to the higher education scenario of our nation.

The CUO’s prospectus highlights our achievements & milestones such as innovative academic programmes, NAAC score, MoUs signed with various academic and research institutions and many other progressive practices initiated by the MHRA & UGC.

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