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Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
Address:Vani Vihar
Bhubaneswar (District Bhubaneshwar)
Orissa, India
Pin Code : 751004


Utkal University, Bhubaneswar Orissa is a University recognised by UGC. Status: State University.
Utkal University is situated in Bhubaneswar of Orissa state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar Orissa is 0674-2581850, 2583055.

email ID(s) is Utkal University Bhubaneswar Orissa

Website of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar Orissa is www.utkal-university.org.

Vice Chancellor : Prof. L.N. Mishra, Phone : 0674 2582817 (O) 2581354 (R), vcaurci@sancharnet.in.

Registrar : Sri B.K.Mohanty, Phone : 0674 2581387(O)2407839(R), Fax : 2580729-30-32-36.


Contact Details of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar Orissa are : Telephone: +91-674-2581387, 2407839, 2580729, 2580730, 2580732, 2580736

Subhankar Das, System Manager(I/c),
University Computer Center
(O): 0674-2582650/651 extn-366, (M) : 9437397824,
subhankard@hotmail.com



Courses

A. Post gratuate courses
01Analytical and Applied Economics
02 Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology
03 Anthropology
04 Biotechnology
05 Botany
06 Business Administration
07 Chemistry
08 Commerce
09 Computer Science and Applications
10 English
11 Geography
12 Geology
13 History
14 Law
15 Library and Information Science
16 Mathematics
17 Oriya
18 Personnel Management and Industrial Relations
19 Philosophy
20 Physics
21 Political Science
22 Psychology
23 Public Administration
24 Sanskrit
25 Sociology
26 Statistics
27 Zoology

B. M. Phil Courses:
01 Analytical & Applied Economics
02 Ancient Indian History Culture & Archaeology
03 Anthropology
04 Botany
05 Chemistry
06 Commerce
07 English
08 Geography
09 Geology
10 History
11 Mathematics
12 Oriya
13 Personal Management And Industrial Relation
14 Philosophy
15 Physics
16 Political Science
17 Public Administration
18 Psychology
19 Sanskrit
20 Sociology
21 Statistics
22 Zoology

C. M.E. in Computer Science
D. Distance Courses.

Courses offered by DDCE Utkal University Bhubaneswar
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Arts
Master of Arts in Public Administration
Master of Arts in Education
Master of Arts in Sanskrit
Master of Arts in History
Master of Arts in Oriya
Master of Computer Application Lateral Entry
Master of Computer Application
Certificate Course in Foundation in Banking
Post Gradate Diploma in Banking and Insurance Management
Post Gradate Diploma in Dietetics & Nutrition Management
Post Gradate Diploma in Financial Management
Post Gradate Diploma in Tour & Travel Management
Post Gradate Diploma in Marketing Management
Bachelor in Business Administration
Master of Business Administration in Integrated
Directorate Of Distance & Continuing Education

Besides these regular courses, Utkal University of Orissa is also known to provide a number of part time, distance and sponsored courses, viz.:

* Part time Courses: Business Administration

* Sponsored Courses:
M.Tech.Computer Science
P.G.Course in Applied and Idustrial Micro-Biology
Master of Rural Development
Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy
Master in Pharmacy
P.G.Diploma in Early Childhood Education
5Yr.Integrated Master in Computer Science Application
P.G.Course in Environmental Science
M.A. in Women Studies
P.G.Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS
P.G Diploma in Yoga Education
Lateral entry into B.Pharma(3rd. Semester)
Master in Finance & Control
5Yr.Integrated Course in M.B.A.
M.Sc. in Computer Science
3Year Part Time M.B.A
P.G.Diploma in Chinese Studies
M.Sc. in Fisheries and Aquaculture
P.G.Diploma in Rural Development
M.A. in Development Journalism & Electronic Communication

* Distance Courses:
Post graduate courses such as MA in English, Sanskrit, Public Administration, Education, History, Political Science, Oriya, etc.

Profile of Utkal University

About University
The Utkal University, established in the year 1943, is the seventeenth oldest University in India. Its present campus at Vani Vihar, BHUBANESWAR is located on a sprawling 399.9 Acre area in the heart of BHUBANESWAR, 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 2nd January 1963. This is a teaching-cum-affiliating University.

There are at present twenty-seven 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. This is in fact the largest affiliating University in the country with approximately 267 affiliated Colleges (Degree Colleges-219, Professional College-44, Other Constituent Colleges-2) under its jurisdiction.

The University has now the jurisdiction over 9 districts, viz, Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri and is spread over an area of 24,973 sq. kilometers catering to the needs of higher education of a population of more than 110 lakhs.

At present the University has twenty-seven 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, twenty-six sponsored courses are offered under the direct academic control of the P.G. Council of the University.

Introduction to Utkal University
The Utkal University founded in 1943 is the 17th University of the country and the first in Orissa province. Pandit Nilakantha Dash, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandit Godavarish Mishra, amongst other doyens of modern Orissa, played a leading role in the establishment of the University. On the 27th November 1943, the Utkal University started functioning at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. It was originally an affiliating and examining body only. The University shifted to its present campus spreading over 400 acres of land at Vanivihar in Bhubaneswar in 1962.

A number of Post-Graduate Departments and other centres were established in the University Campus. There are more than two hundred general affiliated colleges under the University. The University has eleven Autonomus Colleges under its jurisdiction. It has 28 constituent Post-Graduate Departments, 2 Constituent Law Colleges, a Directorate of Distance & Continuing Education and a number of centres like Population Studies, School of Women's Studies, Academic Staff College, a Pre-School and a High School etc. The University offers number of Self Financing Courses.

The Utkal University is NAAC Accredited since 2004 with B++ status with a score little over 80%. Utkal University is recognised by the UGC. It is a member of the Indian Association of Universities and Commonwealth Association of Universities.

Utkal University is a teaching cum affiliating University in Orissa. It is the oldest University in Orissa and the seventeenth oldest university in India. At present there are twenty-six postgraduate departments, which are set up in the University campus. The various disciplines taught here are Science, Humanities, Business Administration, Social Science, Law and Commerce. As a matter of fact, the University is the largest affiliating University in the country. There are two hundred and sixty seven affiliated general colleges, fifteen law colleges, six medical and Pharmacy colleges. The territorial jurisdiction of the district is spread over nine districts namely Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Khurdha, Nayagarh and Puri.

The University campus is located at a distance of 5 kms from the Bhubaneshwar railway station. Only the Madhusudan Law College is situated at Burdwan House at Cuttack spread over two acres of land. The territorial jurisdiction of the University extends to the districts of Cuttack, Puri,Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and the district of Dhenkanal.

There was a strong desire among the leaders of Orissa to establish a university in Orissa. Accordingly, in 1942, a committee was formed to frame and draft the University Bill. When it was passed in the Orissa legislative Assembly, it received the assent of the Governor of Orissa in 1943. Under the Utkal University Act of 1943, Utkal University came into being. In 1966, that was act was annulled and a new Utkal University Act came into being from 1st January 1967.

Utkal University, the seventh oldest university of India, was established in 1943. The present campus of the university is located in Bhubaneswar at Vani Vihar campus. The campus of the Utkal University spreads over 399.9 acres of land.

The Utkal University in Orissa holds about 26 post-graduate departments, which takes care of post-graduate studies and researches in a number of courses such as Social Science, Commerce, Humanities, Science, Business Administration and Law. The Utkal University of Orissa is the largest university of India that holds about 263 affiliated colleges under its jurisdiction.

The ship in the crest symbolizes maritime activities, stalk of grain emphasizes the role of agriculture. The mount stands for mineral resources and the fort for the past military glory. The lamp and the book symbolize spread of light and learning and removal of ignorance. The motto of the University is Satyam Param Dheemahi (seek the highest truth).

The Utkal University founded in 1943 is the 17th University of the country and the first of Orissa province. Pandit Nilakantha Dash, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandit Godavarish Mishra, amongst other doyens of modern Orissa, played a leading role in the establishment of the University. On the 27th Nov. 1943, the Utkal University started functioning at Ravenshaw College (now University), Cuttack. It was originally an affiliating and examining body only. The University shifted to its present campus spreading over 400 acres of land at Vanivihar in Bhubaneswar in 1962.

A number of Post-Graduate Departments and other centers were established in the University Campus. There are more than two hundred general affiliated colleges under the University. The University has eleven Autonomous Colleges under its jurisdiction. It has 28 constituent Post-Graduate Departments, 2 Constituent Law Colleges, a Directorate of Distance & Continuing Education and a number of centers like Population Studies, School of Women's Studies, Academic Staff College, a Pre-School and a High School etc. The University offers number of Self Financing Courses. The University also offers innovative teaching programmes in Yoga, Tourism and Journalism under UGC assistance.

The Utkal University is NAAC Accredited since 2004 with B++ status with a score little over 80%.Utkal University is recognized by the UGC. It is a member of the Indian Association of Universities and Commonwealth Association of Universities.

Profile of University
Utkal University, established in the year 1943, is the seventeenth oldest University in India. Its present campus at Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar is located on a sprawling 400 acre area in the heart of Bhubaneswar.

The Utkal University s a teaching-cum-affiliating University and has twenty-seven 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. Presently, the total number of students in the P.G. Department of the campus at Vani Vihar is nearly 3,000. The University is in fact the largest affiliating University in the country with approximately 267 affiliated Colleges (Degree Colleges-219, Professional College-44, and Other Constituent Colleges-2) under its jurisdiction.

At present the University has twenty-seven 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, twenty-six sponsored courses are also offered under the direct academic control of the P.G. Council of the University.

The University has now the jurisdiction over 9 districts, viz, Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri.

Brief History of the University
Utkal University was established after the passing of Orissa University Bill in Orissa Legislative Assembly in 1943. In 1966 that act was repealed and a new Utkal University Act came into effect from 1 January 1967. At first, Utkal University was operating from the Ravenshaw College, before it came to its own campus at Bhubaneswar, called Vani Vihar.

Established in 1943, Utkal University is among the oldest universities in India. The present campus of the teaching-cum-affiliating university is located at Vani Vihar in Bhubaneshwar. The university has extensive listing of affiliated colleges under its jurisdiction. The motto of the University is 'Satyam Param Dheemahi'. Utkal University has been recognized by UGC and it also has the membership of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

After the separation of Orissa from Bihar and the creation of the new province of Orissa in April 1936, there was a strong desire among the leaders of the province for the establishment of a separate university in Orissa. Until 1936 all the colleges were under the jurisdiction of either Patna University or Andhra University. Subsequently the Government of Orissa, with Shri Biswanath Das as the Premier; appointed a committee on 2 March 1938 with Pandit Nilakantha Das as its chairman to examine the possibility of establishing a separate University in Orissa. Then during the premiership of Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, who played a pioneering role in the establishment of the University; the recommendation of this committee was made available. Pandit Godavarish Mishra, the then Minister of Education in the Government of Orissa introduced the Utkal University Bill which was passed by the Orissa Legislative Assembly on 30 June 1943. On receiving the Governor's assent subsequently on 2 August 1943, the Utkal University Act - 1943 came into force, clearing the way for the foundation of Utkal University on 27 November 1943.

Utkal University is also the seventeenth oldest in India. It has the largest space amongst all universities in Bhubaneswar and is also the most centrally located one. It has one of the highest number of educational departments in India and is also the state largest in this respect. The Integrated MBA, MCA, Law, Pharma and MFC departments are particularly of very high repute. The university has jurisdiction over nine districts in Orissa, namely Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri, catering to the needs of higher education of a population of over 11 million people. It churns out some of the best minds in eastern India and a lot of people from this place play vital role in the state and national development in the later stages of their lives.

Utkal University came into being under the Utkal University Act, 1943. In 1966 that act was repealed and a new Utkal University Act came into effect from 1 January 1967. Initially Utkal University was operating from the Ravenshaw College, before it came to its own campus at Bhubaneswar, called Vani Vihar. Ravenshaw College remained affiliated to Patna University even after the separation of Orissa from Bihar in 1936 and the affiliation was finally transferred to the newly created Utkal University in 1943. In fact, it was Ravenshaw College that gave birth to the new University, nursed and sustained it. It operated from Ravenshaw College's present Zoology Department building premises. The University has many departments from Anthropology to Zoology, for post-graduate teaching.

Library
The UTKAL University Library was established in 1946. The Library of the Utkal University is named as "PARIJA LIBRARY" in the memory of late Dr. Pranakrishna Parija, the first Vice-Chancellor of the University and Scientist of international repute. As per rules laid down in the Statutes of the University the Library Committee has been constituted and it deals with general administration of the Library. The Committee also frames relevant rules subject to approval of the authorities of the University. There are twenty-four Departmental Libraries under the different Post-Graduate Departments of the University. Seats available in the Reading Room are as follows :

* Senior Reading Room - 24
* Research Cubicle - 14
* General Reading Room - 120

STAFF OF THE PARIJA LIBRARY :
Professor-in-Charge -Parija Library Dr. R.C. Mohanty, Professor of Botany, Utkal University.
Chief Librarian Dr. P.K. Mohanty
Assistant Librarians Smt. Bishnupriya Mishra, Dr. R.K. Baliarasingh, Smt. Pranati Garnaik
Section Officer Sri Bata Krishna Khatoi

BOOKS & JOURNALS:
There are 237695 Nos. of books in the Library. Besides 1572 Books and Theses have been received as donations. 236 nos. of journals, both Indian and foreign, have been subscribed to during the year 2000.

MANUSCRIPTS :
3673 nos. of Manuscripts are available in the Parija Library. The Library is completely housed in its own building inside the campus. The Library also caters to the needs of all types of readers by borrowing books/journals/Xerox copies of non-loan able articles and journals from National and Libraries on Inter-Library loan basis. Working hours of the Library are from 9.00 A.M. to 9.00 P.M. on every working day, except Saturdays, Sundays. On all Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays (excluding three National holidays, University Foundation Day, Days of Ganesh Puja, Saraswati Puja, Utkal Divas and Vice-Chancellor's discretionary holidays) the Library is kept open from 10.30 A.M. to 4.30 P.M. Issue of books is allowed on working days only from 10.30 A.M. to 4.00 P.M.

Location
The University has now the jurisdiction over 9 districts, viz, Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri and is spread over an area of 24,973 sq. kilometers catering to the needs of higher education of a population of more than 110 lakhs.

At present the University has twenty-six 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, twenty-six sponsored courses are offered under the direct academic control of the P.G.Council of the University. As per the location of the University it's present in the middle of the city. 5Km from airport, 3Km from station. Sainik school is present to it's north direction. Mancheswar industrial area to it's East.

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Oriya community celebrates Nuakhai in New Delhi

The famous Nua Khai festival was organized in New Delhi with fanfare and gaiety. On the eve of the festival, the Oriya community of western Orissa, assembled at Jagannath Mandir at Hauz Khas to participate in the festival on Saturday evening. The temple was decorated in glittering light to match the festive mood of the people.

A special committee was formed under the leadership of Sarat Nanda, Ashok Panda, Bhabani Dikshit and Dr. Rajaram Panda which took special care not only to make the festival successful but also to select few distinguished people of the community to felicitate them on this occasion for their commendable work.

The director of Delhi School of Economics, Dr Santosh C Panda, Maj Gen R C Padhee and director and producer of I am Kalam, Nilmadhab Panda and Shantanu Mishra were among those felicitated on this occasion. Former Vice chancellor of Utkal University Prof G K Das, Spl Director IB Bidhan Nayak, former Health Secretary of India�� Sisir Naik and former Orissa Chief Secretary Dr Subas Pani were also present on this occasion and felicitated the dignitaries.�

The famous poet of Sambalpuri language who is also famous as lok-kabi Haladhar Nag was specially invited on this occasion to recite his poetry. Dance teacher Ipsita Behoora felicitated him for his powerful and forceful creation. He made the audience spell bound with his poetry mainly based with the natural lifestyle atmosphere of rural culture of the western Orissa.

The function was concluded with variety of cultural items by the artists of Patitapaban Kala Niketan, Pratidhwani and Banjara Dance Academy who presented odishi, Lachniya, Karma, belly dancing and finally Sambalpuri dance Rangabati. Another poet from Bargarh (Orissa) Nitish Acharya recited his poems that were mainly written on the various social and burning issues. On this occasion eminent Odishi danseuse Nitisha Nanda performed Odishi dance with Abhinaya. The cultural show that was compared and coordinated by Dr Anup Pujari, was witnessed a series of performance by Rajanikanta Mohanty, Pushpanjali Mohanty and Sangeeta Mohanty.

It may be mentioned here that Nua Khai festival has been organized in New Delhi over the past one decade with the active participation of the people of Kosalanchal (western part of the Orissa) those reside in New Delhi.

Relief for school children

State govt bans students participation in VIP rallies
SUBRAT DASH | May 16, 2010 00:00

Relief for school children Schools have been asked not to rope in students for ceremonies and rallies to welcome VIPs in Orissa. Passing a resolution, the School and Mass Education department of the government of Orissa says: School children will not be made to wait for hours to receive a celebrity during function. VIP duties for school children are over.

Issuing a missive to all the schools on April 24, 2010, the state government asked them to implement the orders as soon as possible. From now onwards student need not entertain VIPs visiting their areas.

Of late, it had become a common practice to use school children to welcome guests in both public and private functions. Several child organisations raised the issue and mounted pressure on the government to take action against it. Sources say after being inundated with complaints, Minister of State for School and Mass Education Pratap Jena banned the use of school children for such functions. The ministers office instructed all the district collectors, district inspectors of schools and circle inspectors to end the misuse of school children.

Joint secretary to School and Mass Education department, Government of Orissa, Iswar Ch. Barada told: We received several complaints from different organisations and parent bodies. They complained that children were suffering because they were forced to participate in events to honour VIPs. We understand that many a time they have to wait for long hours even under the sun. There have been some cases in which students fainted due to unbearable heat. Therefore we have decided to ban such a practice.

However, many educationists are unhappy with the governments decision. Dr. Ganeswar Mishra, an educationist and a retired professor of Utkal University, is one of them. He argues that there is nothing wrong in making students participate in such events. Receiving a VIP is not a bad idea. It cannot be called violation of childs right. Such ceremonies give children an opportunity to interact with eminent personalities, says Dr. Mishra.

But he agrees with the critics of the practice that students should not be made to stand for hours to welcome a VIP.

Websites of many educational institutions hacked

BHUBANESWAR:� In a cyber attack of sorts, websites of scores of educational institutions of the State were found defaced by unidentified hackers on Sunday. This has sent the managements in a tizzy.

�The targets included Government universities and private technical institutes besides portals of other organisations. The hacker, who identified himself-herself as K9 Network Cyber Army, posted messages protesting militarization of Jammu and Kashmir.

�The two major universities of the City are also among the victims. Utkal University of Culture found its websites compromised by hacker Mahesh. An index file was injected in the Utkal Universitys website though it functioned properly.

�Some of the private institutes such as Mahavir Institute of Engineering and Technology, Majhighariani Institute of Technology and Science and Majhighariani Institute of Polytechnic found their websites attacked by the hacker too. A bio-diesel project of Majhighariani was also compromised.

�Most of the hacked websites are hosted by All India Online which is the host for a majority of Odisha colleges and other institutions websites. One of the dedicated servers of All India Online� appears to have been hacked, said Amiya Kumar Mishra, certified ethical hacker and software security analyst.

�On a single day, many websites of the State have been hacked which shows many others are either already been compromised or prone to such a vulnerability, he added terming it a cyber attack. It also gives a picture that websites in Odisha are sitting ducks for hackers, he pointed out.

�Security analysts point out that the server, on which these websites are hosted, may have been rooted due to some critical security vulnerability. And because of which the hacker was able to compromise the server and change the index files of the websites.

�Mishra said it is wrong to think that websites are hacked to steal data because not many of these web pages had valuable information. What some of the hackers do is they upload some pages writing abusive notice against a country and e-mail the web page links to rival countries triggering a controversy.

�Sometimes hackers also try to park data by breaching into the server of the hacked websites. This case may be one of that.

Utkal University website hacked

BHUBANESWAR: The official website of Utkal University and that of several other educational institutions were allegedly hacked on Sunday. However, the hacker only defaced the site and did not damage nor steal any information. Vice-chancellor of the university P K Sahu said, I did not know about any such development. However, we would investigate the issue and find out about the breach. The website will be restored as soon as possible, Sahu said.

Websites of other state-run universities and private technical institutes have also been targeted by the hacker. The hacker had posted K9 Cyber Army message on the pages defaced by it. Amiya Mishra, an ethical hacker and a software developer said, Most of these websites are hosted by All India Online under a dedicated server. The hacking of many websites in Odisha points to the fact that many other websites might also have been hacked or are going to be. Ignoring this cyber threat can lead to unnecessary tension in the organizations as these sites might be hacked again if proper security measures are not taken.

Despite being developed by professionals, security lapses can be spotted in web products, web applications and e-learning portals. There are many ways with which a hacker can access a network, experts said. Some of these hacked websites were found repaired by Monday morning. It being admission time, hacking of a large number of websites of technical colleges can be very critical. A year ago, data theft affected OJEE admission and a large number of seats remained vacant because of poaching of students, said Debadutta Chakra, a computer engineering student.

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BHUBANESWAR: In a last moment change, Utkal University has decided to conduct its own entrance test for admission into its MBA and MCA courses instead of taking students through Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) leaving OJEE qualifiers a dejected lot.

The OJEE brochure 2012-13 mentioned Utkal University in the list of government institutions offering MBA-MCA courses and where admission would be based on OJEE results. However, long after students cleared the OJEE examination, result of which was published on May 30, the university has done a U-turn by taking out advertisements last week to conduct its own entrance for these courses. OJEE counseling for these courses would begin this week.

I was under the impression that I can easily get a seat in Utkal University MCA. That was precisely the reason I appeared for the OJEE. OJEE and Utkal authorities should have had better coordination to avoid such a confusion, said a student. Utkals MBA and MCA programmes with 30 seats each are among the most sought after in the OJEE list of institutions for these two courses.

OJEE authorities said they were not aware that Utkal would not draw students from OJEE pool. While advertising for OJEE or during conducting the entrance, we had no idea that the varsity will not take students from OJEE pool. Only recently, they have conveyed us the decision, said OJEE secretary Priyabrata Sahoo. Till last year Utkal University was taking students through OJEE for these courses.

But Utkal University authorities said they had intimated OJEE about the change well in time. We had written a letter to OJEE well in time that we will conduct our own entrance examination. Recently, when we discovered that the OJEE has misplaced the letter, we have written again, said varsitys PG council chairman Prof P K Mishra.

Mishra said the varsity took the decision for its own entrance to get better students by giving certain weightage to career. We saw that for departments where we conduct our own entrance, the lot of students coming are better, resulting in better job recruitment at the end of the courses. However, for MBA and MCA, campus placements were on the decline, he said.

As per its advertisements, Utkal will select students for these two master degrees by giving weightage to career marks, entrance test, group discussion and personal interview.

Four students develop web software

BHUBANESWAR: Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Utkal University Prashant Kumar Sahoo on Tuesday inaugurated a web software, developed by four varsity students, that would facilitate e-admission to PG courses from the ensuing academic session.

Aspirants to PG courses, including self-financed courses, at Vani Vihar can now apply online for admission. They can download forms and deposit them with fees at the varsity counters physically. The process will, however, be phased out over the years, making the process completely paperless.

The software has been prepared by four Integrated Master of Computer Application (IMCA) students __ Chandrasekhar Biswal, Kamalakant Pradhan, Javed Anwar and Abhinash Sahoo.

On the occasion, the V-C said the e-admission would make the process much faster. Now, several students from far-flung areas would also be able to apply, he said.

The university has put in place its own server for facilitating the e-admission and the existing server, to which the Utkal University website is connected, will not be used. The existing server is managed by All India Online agency and was hacked just two days back. The server that will be used in e-admission belongs to the Utkal University Computer Centre and is hack-proof. In another 15 days, we would procure a dedicated server for both the e-admission purpose and the varsity website, said PG Council Chairman P K Sarkar. He added the varsity website will be upgraded in a few days.

Congratulating the students, the V-C said hiring a professional agency for creating the e-admission software would have cost the varsity lakhs, but the students have done it for free.

�The four students developed the software in two months. They will be in charge of maintenance and development of the software for another three years. As part of the software, the students have also created a help desk to address students problems, if any, during the e-admission process. We have developed a foolproof system and are hopeful that the students will not face any problems. But if there is any problem, they can contact us at the mobile numbers that will be provided in the website, said Chandrasekhar.

� The university authorities have also decided to standardise the application fee for all the courses from this year. The application fee has been hiked to ` 400.

Summary: Utkal University, Bhubaneswar Orissa website, mobile, contact address and approval / recognition details.