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Sambalpur University, Sambalpur, Orissa
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Jyoti Vihar Campus
Burla
Sambalpur (District Sambalpur)
Orissa, India
Pin Code : 768019


Sambalpur University, Sambalpur Orissa is a University recognised by UGC. Status: State University. Sambalpur University, Sambalpur Orissa is also known as Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology.
Sambalpur University is situated in Sambalpur of Orissa state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Sambalpur comes under Sambalpur Tehsil, Sambalpur District.

Fax # of Sambalpur University, Sambalpur Orissa is 0663-2430158.

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Website of Sambalpur University, Sambalpur Orissa is www.sambalpuruniversitypgc.in, http://suniv.ac.in/.

Chancellor : Shri Murlidhar Chandrakant.
Vice Chancellor : Prof. (Dr.) P.C. Tripathy, Phone : 0663-2401147, Prof. Bishnu C Barik.

Registrar : Prof. R.R.PADHEE, Phone : 0663 2430157(O)2431320(R), Sri. S. S. Rath.


Contact Details of Sambalpur University, Sambalpur Orissa are : Phone: +91-663-2827157 / 2827158 / 2430157



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Department Of Business Administration runs MBA course (Estd 1994).

Profile of Sambalpur University

About The University
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.

Members of Syndicate
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Bishnu C Barik
Director of Higher Education : Prof. Subhalaxmi Jena,
Chairman, P.G. Council : Prof Sukadev Naik, Sambalpur University
Principal, G.M. (Auto) College Sambalpur : Prof. Gangadhar Mishra
Principal, V.S.S. Medical College, Burla : Prof. Santosh Kumar Behera
Prof. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra: Prof. & Head of Medicene, V.S.S. Medical College, Burla
Dr. Fanindam Deo: Principal, Khariar Collage, Khariar, Nuapada
Maj. Chitta Ranjan Dash: Principal, Deogarh Collage, Deogarh
Dr. Rajashree Debi: At- PALACE, Khariar Dist. Nuapada

Administration Hierarchy
Chairman, P.G. Council : Pro. Sukadev Naik
Director, C.D.C. : Prof. R. S. Nanda
Director, A.S.C. : Prof. Padmabati Gahan
Comptroller of Finance : Sri Gyananjan Pradhan
Controller of Examination : Dr . Manas Ranjan Pujari
Deputy Registrar :VACANT
Deputy Registrar (SPL. CELL): VACANT
Development Officer : VACANT
Librarian : Sri Rajendra Kumar Thaty
Asst Registrar (Admin): Sri Shyama Prasad Rout
Asst Registrar (Exam): Mrs. Helen Lakra

Administrative Officer:
Accounts Officer :Sri Rajendra Prasad Seth
Budget-cum- Accounts Officer : VACANT
Asst Controller of Exam: Mrs. Shanti Oram
Asst Controller of Exam : Mrs. Brundabati Pandia
Secretary to Vice-Chancellor : Sri Gopal Pati

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About University

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.

The P.G.Departments of Chemistry, Life Sciences, History, Economics, Library & Information Sciences and Mathematics have been conferred Autonomous Status by the University. They adopt Semester system based on continuous evaluation. They adopt their own courses of studies.

There are Ten Post-Graduate Hostels in the University Campus out of which four are Ladies Hostels and six are Gents' Hostels. The University provide several facilities to the boarders in the Hostels like Common Room with T.V., Reading Room with Newspaper and Magazine, Guest Room, First Aid, STD Telephone booth, etc. The Central Canteen has been opened near the Hostel Campus for the benefit of students. Besides there are two Nationalized Banks, one Post-Office, one Health Centre, one Auditorium, one Police-Out Post, one Faculty House and one Community Centre have been established in the University Campus for providing services to students/teachers and employees in the Campus.

The establishment of Directorate of Distance Education (DEC), Private Education Cell (PEC), One Nodal Computer Centre, Academic Staff College, University Yoga Centre, Professor Bhubaneswar Behera Central Library are acting like the wheels for the University system and would carry the University speedily towards achieving the noble boon for which these are set up.

Introduction

Section I: Preface
Sambalpur University was established in 1967 by an Act of the Government of Orissa with the objective of providing higher education to the tribal-dominated, socially and economically backward Western Orissa where the weaker sections constitute 44% of the population. Initially it functioned as an Examining University for the colleges affiliated to it in the erstwhile undivided districts of Bolanghir, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, and parts of Dhenkanal and Boudh-Phulbani. In 1969 nine teaching departments were opened in History, Political Science, Economics, English, Oriya, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biological Sciences. In the beginning the University started functioning from old government buildings and rented houses in Sambalpur. In 1973 it moved to its present abode "Jyoti Vihar", a picturesque and sprawling campus spread over 670.39 acres about 18 km from Sambalpur town. With more than 10 districts now forming its catchment area and with approximately 70,000 students enrolled in it, Sambalpur University is the second largest University in Orissa State.

The University has made rapid strides in the three-and-a-half decade period of its existence with 19 university departments, as many as 178 colleges affiliated to it, 2 constituent colleges, 6 autonomous colleges, and as many fairly well endowed postgraduate teaching centres. The University offers a variety of courses including Engineering, Medicine in the three streams of allopathy, ayurveda, and homeopathy, and some diploma courses in some of the thrust areas as also in areas that reflect the local culture. A salient feature of the governance of the University is that it has a built in democratic structure in its Senate and Syndicate ensuring representation on the governing bodies to the various professional groups and other stakeholders that contribute to a proper visualization and realization of the goals of the University. The University follows the UGC norms in the case of appointments to the teaching staff. In the case of the non-teaching positions, at the basic level, there is a competitive examination conducted annually to recognize and reward merit. Quality initiatives thus are regarded with due care in the recruitment processes at various levels. A number of teaching positions are currently vacant. The peer team was happy to learn in its interaction with the VC that some teaching positions which have long remained vacant have been recently filled up, thanks to the persistent effort made by him to get the Government accede to his appeal.

It is a noteworthy feature of the academic accomplishments of the University that of the total of 108 teachers in 19 university departments, 90 teachers possess the Ph.D. degree and most of the remaining have at least the M.Phil. degree. The University has a Science journal as also a journal of Humanities, which provide a forum for the teachers' academic expression. The teachers on the whole have published their researches in the form of book-length studies and journal articles acquiring for themselves and the University consistently steady reputation for a vigorous pursuit of academic goals and targets. The UGC guidelines that academic audit should be an integral part of the academic system has been given serious consideration and put into practice by the University by the establishment of an eleven-member Academic and Administrative Audit Committee with a component of outside experts. This provides scope for introspection with regard to courses launched, curriculum devised, research carried out, and such other activities.

While the male-female ratio in PG courses and M.Phil. is quite encouraging, for some inexplicable reason the ratio in the case of Ph.D. shows women at a disadvantage in terms of their competing with men on a near one-to-one basis. The University offers many of the central facilities like a Central Library in addition to departmental libraries, a Computer Centre, a Health Centre, a Workshop, etc., as also a Distance Education wing which offers 9 PG courses and two IT courses. The Distance Education wing is governed by an Advisory Committee. The library is well equipped and has over a lakh titles in its collection. It subscribes to 153 national and international journals.

The UGC sanctioned an Academic Staff College to the University, which has trained about 800 teachers by conducting a total of 18 Orientation and Refresher courses. The University has already adopted the semester mode and has passed in its various Boards of Studies the curriculum suggested by the UGC Curriculum Development Cell. The revised syllabus is going to be adopted with effect from the current academic year. With its commitment to accelerated development and with a clear blue print of its vision, the University is poised for all round growth.

The University volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore, and submitted its Self- Study Report in April 2002. NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the University and to validate the Self-Study Report. The team with Professor S. F. Patil, Vice-Chancellor, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune, as the Chairman, and Professor K. C. Reddy, Andhra University, Professor C. R. Visweswara Rao, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Professor V. Krishna Kumar, University of Calicut, as members, visited the University from 27 to 29 June, 2002. Dr.M.S. Shyamasundar, Deputy Adviser, NAAC, co-ordinated the Peer Team visit.

The Peer Team set out with the task of studying and analyzing the Self-Study Report submitted by the University. After the initial assessment the institutional visit to collect more evidences was undertaken. During this visit the team went through all the relevant documents, visited the various departments and the facilities and interacted with the various constituents of the institution. All the facilities of the institution were examined. The Peer Team interacted with the Syndicate, the Vice-Chancellor, the faculty, staff, students and Principals of affiliated colleges of the University. Based on these exercises and keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by the NAAC, the Peer Team assessed the institution for the quality of education offered. The assessment of the University under various criteria, the commendable features and the issues of concern are presented in the following sections:

Section 2: Criterion-Wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The University offers postgraduate, M.Phil. and doctoral programmes in the fields of Arts, Science, Commerce and Management, Law, Education, Medicine, Engineering and Technology. A total of 75 courses including Diploma courses of current relevance are offered. The curriculum is revised broadly once in three years. The syllabus has been so restructured that field work and industrial training in science subjects, field work and study tour in Social Sciences have been made as far as possible an integral part of the course. Courses follow the semester and the non-semester pattern, both, at present. But with effect from the current academic year all departments have switched over to the semester pattern and some without the internal assessment component. The focus at the level of research is on regional relevance and the exploration of regional industry, environment, culture, society, social behaviour, etc. Particular mention should made here of the researches in the departments of Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Anthropology, and History. At the undergraduate level, syllabus reform has yielded significant results, and subjects like Environmental Science, Industrial Fish and Fisheries, Information Technology and Management have been introduced. The University has taken the lead in the matter of the common regulation scheme coming into operation in Orissa from 2002-2003.

Realizing the need for trained personnel in important fields of activity, PG diploma courses also have been made to focus on Industrial Chemistry, Remote Sensing, HRD, Journalism and Mass Communication, etc., whose relevance in general terms and within the specificities of a backward region is undeniably significant. The departments have been granted functional autonomy to a limited extent. This is partly true in the case of DRS-sanctioned departments where the allocated funds are handled by them. In the case of other departments autonomy is still an elusive phenomenon which involves freedom to devise and administer the syllabus, set question papers, evaluate answer scripts and declare results. A mechanism needs to be evolved to enable the faculty to have greater academic freedom in the evaluation and paper setting processes.

Many of the departments have given some interdisciplinary dimension to their courses. In its vision document the University has stated that it would adopt the School approach and bring together departments in common pursuit of certain well-defined objectives. However, alongside a clear conceptualization of this idea, it is necessary that initially each department by itself acquire a greater interdisciplinary character and thrust, before a major redeployment of the work force is really effected. The language departments can each offer to the other in the beginning one credit based course on select treasures of its literature. In addition, the departments of Home Science and Sociology can together formulate effective outreach activities that enable the University to reach across to the door step of the community by vigorously launching programmes of social action relating to rural health, child health and hygiene, HIV/AIDS awareness, etc.

The Department of History has an Archaeological Museum and a palm leaf script collection, which are a good asset for the University in demonstrating its interest in helping a re-tracing of the glories of antiquity. The IUAES Commission on Anthropology of Children, Youth and Childhood has as its Chairman a senior member of the faculty of the Department of Anthropology.

The examination system and the question paper pattern reform require a further strengthening. The choice in the question papers should be restricted so that the student acquaints himself with larger area of the syllabus. The reform introduced here should help a comprehensive testing and evaluation of the student's subject knowledge.

For Ph.D. thesis evaluation, one of the examiners is a foreigner ensuring that the degrees awarded have a credibility rating beyond the national level. The declaration of results is speeded up on account of computerization and as part of an Information Technology world the University makes its results available through the Internet.

Criterion II : Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Admissions to the various courses of study are made by means of a three-pronged strategy: by an Entrance Test, weightage for the qualifying exam, and viva-voce examination (in the ratio of 60:30:10). Most of the students hail from the same state. There are just five overseas students in the PG courses. While enrolment in the PG courses is 931, that for self-financing courses is 1267. The encouragement for the self-financing courses is a welcome step in the direction of augmenting the financial resources of the University. Extensive proactive measures remain to be initiated for offering well-designed remedial and bridge courses for students from the weaker sections and for those who enter the PG programmes in English medium from the regional medium background. This is especially important since 22 per cent of the students are from SC/ST communities for whom both the UGC and State Government have devised several measures for improvement.

Given the well-stocked library, academic effort in thrust areas has received sound recognition. About 23 members of the faculty have received national level recognition and 16 have acquired international recognition. However, ongoing research projects are worth only Rs.81 lakhs. The Peer Team desires that the faculty need to undertake more projects and improve the quality of their teaching and research programmes. Further, with 74 computers on the campus, a computer literacy drive should be launched by the University for the staff - teaching and non-teaching - and the literate public and this should lead to the acquisition of the intranet facility leading the University to a gradual shift in the direction of e-governance.

Provision for sabbatical leave has been made by the University consistent with the UGC revised pay scales structure, and in the last 2 years 4 teachers have made use of the facility.

The Distance Education wing needs to be strengthened further and it is here that modernization of courses is most profitably made. The Peer Committee is of the view that distance education brings knowledge to the door step of the common man for whom for a variety of reasons the privilege of education was denied in the formative stages of his being. The system all over the world has acquired such sophistication that it draws upon multimedia packages of instruction as well and has formulated a well defined mode of course delivery. The distance education unit of the University should form itself into a study group to examine, among the other things, learner friendly course material preparation in the self-instructional format. A unit shaping itself after the advent of the open learning system must certainly emulate the related systemic features and methodology and stand apart as a shining example of an institution within an institution in quest of quality.

The Department of Anthropology has an MoU with the University of Orange Free State, South Africa, and the University of Berlin, Germany. The Department of Physics is in the process of signing an MoU with the Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar. These are steps worthy of emulation by other departments. Some teachers collaborate with academicians from other Universities in India and abroad. These are well reflected in the significant number of international / national fellowships / awards won by the faculty.

The Prospectus clearly lays down the criteria of admission and thereby evolves a methodology of arriving at merit and indicates a transparency of approach. During the last three years the University ensured 262 working days and a minimum of 180 teaching days. Examinations are held as per schedule and the computerization of functions in that section has enabled speeding up of operations. While Life Sciences seems to function more or less as a School as well as a Department, the School approach has not caught on in other disciplines by means of an intra- and inter-disciplinary collaboration. If only such an approach is adopted it would be possible to introduce a more visible component of interdisciplinarity in the curriculum. The Peer Team has found that Departments have expressed themselves in favour unhesitatingly of opening up new avenues of exploration. It is suggested that all Departments go in for continuous evaluation which is meant to help the students train their skills better, thus paving the way for an atmosphere of ceaseless intellectual activity to prevail on the campus. The University follows central valuation system for the PG examinations with two teachers, one internal and one external, valuing the scripts. The door valuation system followed for the UG examinations needs to be replaced by central valuation. The principle of moderation is more or less on the model followed in other Universities.

The Peer Team notes with some concern that several faculty positions have remained unfilled. The trend in favour of getting clearance from the Government for filling up the vacant positions has been initiated by the dynamism of the Vice- Chancellor and it is hoped that very soon this University will have full-fledged faculty supplying a dire need and the Government may take due note of the strides made by this University in a socially and economically backward region in conceding its justifiable pleas for development. Some of the Departments like Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physics, and Statistics are quite understaffed. It is difficult to expect from understaffed departments full justice to the teaching programmes. Though guest faculty meet the need partially, they can't be a substitute to regular staff. It is also desirable that a choice-based credit system providing for adequate flexibility for the students in their course options is introduced. Further, on an experimental basis students should be permitted, though initially selectively, to make excursions beyond the Departmental boundaries and offer at least one paper in a sister discipline. The Academic and Administrative Audit Committee set up in the University needs to be vigilant about and constantly monitor quality assurance. The University has constituted a Research Cell and instituted 10 Fellowships. This would go a long way in formulating guidelines and it is an enabling provision for the departments. Student evaluation of teachers' performance requires a careful appraisal proforma suitable to the needs of the University. Various aspects of teacher evaluation should be incorporated in this.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy, and Extension
The University has established a tradition in basic and applied research. 70% of the staff are guiding Ph.D. level research and 40% of the staff are engaged in operating research projects. This shows that engagement with pre and post-doctoral research is active. The staffs have published about 415 research papers and 44 books. The five year average rating for certain department like Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Law is some what low and these departments need to set greater store by their publications in the years to come. Teachers have held INSA Visiting Scientist's position, Fulbright fellowships, DST, CSIR, UGC projects, and important fellowships. These are a firm indication of their having attained national / international recognition.

The institution publicizes the expertise available for consultancy through its website though the amount generated through consultancy services is as yet uncertain and in the making. The departments are required to initiate special efforts to undertake consultancy on a big scale to mobilize the much needed resources through interaction with industry and society. The University may consider publicizing its consultancy potentiality by highlighting the success achieved by some departments. However, special mention in this connection should be made of the Departments of Anthropology, School of Life Sciences, Physics and Chemistry. Some of the important areas of research are Growth and Nutrition, Empowerment of Tribal Women, Soil and Water Management, Soil Waste Management, Ecology, Surface Chemistry, etc.

127 scholars have been awarded the Ph.D. degree in the last three years. More than 60 candidates from the University are NET-qualified and some of them have been sanctioned JRFs showing that the curriculum and the testing mechanisms in some of the subjects have been validated.

It is commendable that three departments - Life Sciences, Chemistry and Physics - have been admitted under DST-FIST. and teachers held fellowships/positions such as Boyscast, Young Scientist, Visiting and Research Associateships of the UGC and the CSIR and some state level awards.

The Library subscribes to some of the internationally known journals. The journal subscribed are limited in certain subjects. More journals in certain subjects area need to be obtained. Its large collections of book is enviable and when library automation is complete, students and staff will be in a position to access the latest data for their study and research. That would give the University a quantum leap in the direction of meeting squarely the challenges offered by the rapidly advancing frontiers of knowledge.

The Library, in spite of having a good collection of books, requires urgent modernization. The reading room facilities are inadequate. Computerization is the need of the hour. A retraining of the available human resources is absolutely necessary. While there is a Department of Library and Information Science carrying out commendable work in some of the thrust areas, it is unfortunate that the Library has not drawn inputs from it for its improvement. This is probably due to the lack of functional relationship between the two units.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The University is situated in an extensive campus. The facilities available on the campus are 6 Men's Hostels and 3 Women's Hostels accommodating 700 students, Community Centre, Health Centre, Market Complex, Children's Park, two schools, Administration Block, Academic Staff College, Distance Education building, residential houses for the staff, Guest House, Canteen, Departmental Buildings, Lecture Halls Complex, etc. In fact, the University by itself has the ambience of a township. The building area almost surrounds the densely wooded hilly region, which is a unique feature. The floor area of the campus is about 80,000 sq mts.

Self-financing courses and private study have helped the University mobilize finances to augment its infrastructure. In view of the UGC's policy directive that unmediated study ought to be discouraged, the University would do well to gradually wind up private study in favour of modularized Distance Education programmes.

The use of LCD projection should be encouraged as a pedagogical tool. The Distance Education unit may prepare multimedia packages of instruction and pave the way for the structural convergence of open and conventional education systems. The Departmental book banks are a good back-up support to enthuse the learner.

A salient feature of the University is that it offers a compulsory health insurance scheme. Other welfare schemes in operation are housing loan for the staff, vehicle advances, subsidized transport in view of the 18- Kms distance between the campus and Sambalpur town, etc. Sports facilities for the students are available in VSS Medical College situated at a distance of 3 kms from the campus and outstanding sportspersons have the provision of relaxation in admission rules. It is however felt that more extensive indoor games facilities in the hostels and a gymnasium centrally located will take care of the physical culture of the students to complement the role of the Yoga Centre.

The University Science Instrumentation Centre requires more inputs in terms of qualified human resources as well as equipments. It has to be developed to a level where it is capable of handling and maintaining sophisticated scientific instruments and undertaking repairs of Computers and other electronic equipments. A better defined use of the central facilities like the Computer Centre and USIC will help the University utilize its resources optimally and centralize its operations to achieve cost effectiveness and lead towards e-governance. In batches the non- teaching staff could be trained in computer literacy by the Computer Centre. The process has already begun and should continue with a specific periodicity. The Management Department can be associated with the project so that training in Personnel Management and office automation are together imparted to the non-teaching staff. Similarly, the Health Centre may be upgraded to provide for minimum emergency hospitalization and in-patient therapy facilities. Extension being the third dimension of education, the Health Centre together with the NSS and the Departments of Home Science and Sociology should be in a position to reach out to the community and coordinate blood donation, pulse polio, immunization, AIDS/HIV awareness promotion activities. The Social Sciences Departments may strengthen their efforts to jointly launch holistic social reconstruction of a chosen village of unredeemed backwardness. This is one mode of the University shedding its conventional ivory tower isolation and reaching out to the society. Similarly, the University may with the participation of Government in the enterprise, support impact studies of government programmes on a much wider scale than it exists now in its search for viable society-university interaction paradigms.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The Prospectus of the University details information about the academic programmes, options, sanctioned strength of courses, eligibility criteria, testing mode, selection procedure, and so on. A foreign student office is a special feature of the admission mechanism. The student drop out rate at 11% is somewhat high and an analysis of the reasons for this drop out may have to be made for the socioeconomic factors that may be there behind it.

The University obtains feedback from the students in some Departments and analyses that data for the purpose of improving the teaching and learning situation. This feedback scheme needs to be strengthened and streamlined and adopted on a larger scale. The Employment Information and Guidance Bureau serves a useful function in the furtherance of student interests and in motivating them in their career choices. But the students in their interaction with the Peer Team were hardly aware of its existence and benefits. The functions of the body therefore need to be given wider publicity within the campus.

It is heartening to note that the placement service has helped 12 students in the Department of Business Administration. The NET (64), GRE (74), GATE (39) successes of the recent years provide an encouraging ambience for the students in their pursuit of academic excellence. About 20 of the NET qualified candidates have enrolled themselves in the University for research, thus giving scope for deploying in the University the manpower trained by it. Financial aid under the merit scheme and the means scheme is available to students.

The data on the progression of the students into higher studies outside the University or employment is formally collected through the Departmental Alumni Associations, which meet periodically. However, a systematic data bank and occasional recorded interactions are a necessary input in a future utilization of alumni support. It is appreciable that the Alumni Associations, to the extent they are in existence, are associated with bestowing informal thought on course restructuring and with the institution of incentive awards and gold medals. In fact, the University has instituted / caused the institution of a sizeable number of gold medals.

The students, in their interaction with the Peer Team, expressed their satisfaction with the course content, counselling by the staff, laboratory facilities, the infrastructure and other facilities at their command. Their plea for a more rigorous adherence to M.Phil. course schedules, for a more extensive provision of internet, and for qualitative changes in the management of the hostels may be considered by the University for enhancing and enriching their life on the campus.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The University is administered as per the provisions of the Orissa University Act. Authority is vested with the statutory bodies of the Senate, the Syndicate and the Academic Council, and these bodies have a well-defined democratically elected component in them, though at present the elected members have completed there term of office. The Academic and Administrative Audit Committee set up as per the University guidelines, the PG Cell, and the various other organs of the University administration promote participatory management, review periodically the management aspects, and frame guidelines and re-define objectives for providing education, training, research, and community service. These bodies reveal a transparency of functioning and accountability. Code of conduct violations are taken seriously and observance of related procedures is scrupulous.

The PG Council prepares the academic calendar as stipulated by the UGC and the State government and this calendar is adhered to vigorously. There is some provision for in-service training for the administrative staff. But in-service training must be made compulsory and a Cell should be entrusted with the responsibility of imparting it. There is an internal audit mechanism to serve as an inner check or restraining force. The College Development Council provides effective liaison with the affiliated colleges whose progress is carefully monitored through Inspection Commissions and periodic reviews at Principals' Conferences. The Peer Team devoted an hour to a discussion with the Principals of the Colleges which have been admitted under 2(F) of the UGC Act and was briefed by the Principals about the procedure in vogue with regard to the inspection and supervisory functions of the University, curriculum revision, restructuring of courses and the developmental needs of the affiliated colleges. The Peer Team was satisfied with the over all coordination that exists between the colleges and the statutory authorities.

The University has created a special cell headed by a Deputy Registrar to oversee the implementation of the policy with regard to admissions and employment, and accountability is clearly fixed in matters of violation of norms. SC/ST reservations are followed and the roster points are well observed. Ongoing research projects, the FIST programme, and the DRS ensure a good inflow of funds contributing to proper orientation for the research undertaken by the staff. The details of the financial statement for the years 1999-2000, 2000-2001 & 2001-2002 indicate optimal utilization of grants under various heads.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The University is following several healthy practices some of which are noteworthy:
It has an Academic and Administrative Audit Committee consisting of internal and external members. The Committee recommends improved mechanisms of governance and helps in accountability being enforced.

The institution has MoUs with universities abroad like the University of Orange Free State, South Africa and Free University of Berlin, Germany, for research collaboration, thereby showing that it is bracing itself up to face the challenges of globalization.

It encourages self-financing courses, and the resources earned through these courses are well utilized for infrastructure development.

Its NSS wing actively participates in sociocultural amelioration activities, campus greening, and environmental promotion ventures.

It has introduced a component of regional culture studies, which helps in establishing the relevance of the curriculum to the specificities of the region.

Remedial courses for SC/ST and weaker students and coaching for competitive examinations are made available to the students so as to provide manpower training necessary to the weaker sections to help them face boldly a competitive environment.
It has provided for adequate field work/project work component in the course structure.

It has evolved a unique pattern of conducting an Entrance Test followed by a viva and weightage formulation through which the candidate's overall personality and academic competence are assessed for admission.

The extension work undertaken by the Department of Mathematics in guiding children to participate in Mathematical Olympiad at the State level deserves appreciation.

The Central Computer Unit is a commendable facility, which has been put to good use by the examination section for confidential work. When the LAN becomes possible, the potentialities for the growth of this unit as a centralized facility will vastly improve.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The Peer Team, after going through the Self-Study Report and after its visit to various departments of the University and the other facilities and after its interaction with the faculty, Principals of colleges affiliated to the University, and the students, is impressed by the progress made by the University since its inception in 1967 and by its ability and determination to translate its vision and goals into a reality in its pursuit of the advancement of knowledge in some of the frontline areas. The University has prepared a vision document, which gives a blue print of its action plan for the future. The action plan needs a lot of imaginative effort for implementation. But the basic infrastructure, physical and intellectual, available holds out a good promise for the future provided there is a unified focus on the mission and the goals and the pursuit of excellence. The University has earned for itself the distinction of introducing some important quality initiatives. Teaching, learning, and evaluation have been given the right emphasis so that a research culture among the faculty and a competitive spirit among the students are pronouncedly noticed. Infrastructural facilities on the campus are impressive and the management and organization of the University reveal transparency and an optimizing of the potential for self-advancement. The Academic Staff College has significantly contributed to the improvement of the academic ambience in the colleges affiliated to the University by training about 800 teachers since its inception. Courses of study have been so devised that they have by and large national/social/regional relevance. The focus on regional studies and perspectives is right and a university has to contribute to dissemination of knowledge not only in the wider arena relevant to the world at large but also in a more localized area relevant to the region.

While appreciating the efforts of the University in establishing a sound base for learning and placing on record the dynamic leadership provided by Prof. M.C. Dash, Vice-Chancellor, in envisioning the growth of the University with a sense of remarkable commitment to academic values and quality initiatives, the Team would make the following suggestions for the University's development:

The University may further strengthen its research activities by adopting the consortium approach and entering into collaborations with premier research institutions/universities in the country.

For courses like M.B.A., M.Sc. Computer Science, and M.C.A., which is to be started, collaborations with software and managerial institutions of national level recognition will lead to a further strengthening of the project work component and this bridges the gap between academic course structure and innovative employment orientation.

The Placement Cell which exists in some form needs to be strengthened in the University and opportunities for on-campus recruitment have to be explored and negotiated.

To provide for greater visibility for the staff, publications in reputed international/national journals may be encouraged from the Social Sciences faculties.
Departments like Computer Science have subviable levels of inputs and infrastructure and drastic measures may be necessary to bring about change.

While the Library has a significant collection, unless attention is paid to its proper maintenance it will not be in a position to serve its clientele properly.

The examination system may be further modernized so as to provide uniformly for semesterization and continuous evaluation. Along with this, a restricted choice question paper pattern conforming to the NET model may be implemented forthwith.
The website for the University needs to be made more elaborate with a view to enabling the University to acquire greater visibility so that its research and accomplishments may be more widely known to the discerning public.

An Electronic classroom will break the monotony of face-to-face interaction in the classroom and expose students to interactive teaching-learning processes by creating a virtual academic infrastructure.

From out of self-financing course resources, LAN may be established to lead gradually to e-governance.

The Distance Education unit may be strengthened further on the lines suggested earlier and modularized course pattern adopted there so as to make learning accessible to the educationally underprivileged. Permanent faculty need to be appointed. The Distance Education wing may be made to focus on the production of interactive learning materials and on onlining of courses.

The University may adopt the cafeteria approach to course administration and provide to the student more flexible credit-based courses. One course of an interdisciplinary nature could be offered by every Department to provide for flexible departmental boundaries. Extension is to be looked upon in a holistic perspective and society oriented interdisciplinary programmes may be devised for the benefit and enrichment of the community.

The Library has to be developed further by acquiring SOUL.

Outreach activities need a strengthening and it is suggested that Social Sciences departments actively engage themselves in addressing the felt needs of the community and in the conduct of impact studies. The Department of Law may start a legal aid clinic and lend its expertise to the weaker sections in remote rural regions.

In Departments like Oriya, English and Economics where fairly good work has been turned out, continuity is perhaps possible by infusing confidence in the staff and by promoting their leadership skills.

In the Department of Physics, the research is focused mainly in Theoretical Physics. Further recruitment of teaching staff needs to be in Experimental Physics.

Consultancy areas are to be clearly identified and goals set. What has hitherto been practised in select departments occasionally and without working out the fiscal advantages to the University may be systematized and made more extensive through appropriate policy initiatives for the enrichment of the University.

In spite of limited faculty the Department of Environmental Science, Library & Information Sciences, Anthropology have done commendable work in teaching and research. They are to be encouraged by providing for them additional grants for infrastructure development on a priority basis from the University resources.

The fee for all the courses is very meager. It needs to be enhanced at least by 10 per cent every year to create additional resources for the development of the University.
The services provided by the Heath Centre need to be charged at an appropriate level except for Class IV employees in order to make it more self-reliant in the long run.

Prof. S. F. Patil - Chairman

Prof. K. C. Reddy - Member

Prof. C. R. Visweswara Rao - Member

Prof. V. Krishna Kumar - Member

Profile of University

The Sambalpur University Act was passed by the Orissa Legislature on 10th December, 1966 with an objective 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.

Sambalpur university in Orissa is one of the most prestigious universities that was established in the year 1967. It is located centrally in the western region of Orissa. University of Sambalpur is situated amidst hills and dense forests. Professor Parsuram Mishra was the first vice-chancellor of this university. Sambalpur university initially started its operations in a building that was privately owned. Later on, from the year 1973 its campus was shifted to Jyoti Vihar at Burla.

The post graduate departments provide a one-year course of study to M.Phil students. It is a two-year course for the students who wish to acquire a degree in these fields, which are namely the business administration , Science, computer science and application. One -year Diploma courses in computers and executive management is offered by this university. This university also provides distance learning courses in a wide variety of subjects.

The Sambalpur university campus has 10 post-graduate hostels. Out of the seven hostels 4 are ladies' hostels and 6 are gents' hostels. The hostels are furnished with television sets, reading rooms, telephone booths, first aid equipments. The university campus of Sambalpur is equipped with a canteen where a wide variety of food items are sold. There are other facilities present within the campus such as a post-office, 2 nationalized banks, heath clubs and an auditorium. There is also a library, which is situated centrally within the university. The library is known for its wide collection of books from various fields.

Sambalpur University is a prominent University in the state of Orissa. As the name suggests it is located in Sambalpur, in western Orissa. For establishing the University the Sambalpur University Act was passed by the Orissa Legislature on 10th December 1966. The University started operating from 1st January 1967. The first Vice Chancellor of the University was Prof. Parsuram Mishra. The Hon`ble Chancellor A.N. Khosla inaugurated the University on 4th January 1967. Initially, the University was located in a private building at Dhanupali, Sambalpur and in a Government building at Ainthapali. It stayed here from 1968- 1972. It was in the year 1973, the University shifted permanently to its present campus named Jyoti Vihar at Burla.

Sambalpur University The jurisdiction of the district is spread over ten districts of the state, which are Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Bargarh, Bolangir, Subarnapur, Nawapara, Kalahandi, Boudh, and Athamallik Sub- Division of Angul District. The University provides postgraduate courses in twenty-seven subjects through twenty postgraduate departments. The University has received autonomy for the postgraduate departments of Chemistry, Life Sciences, History, Economics, Library and Information Sciences and Mathematics.

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.

The P.G. Departments of Chemistry, Life Sciences, History, Economics, Library & Information Sciences and Mathematics have been conferred Autonomous Status by the University.

Address : Sambalpur University
Jyoti Vihar Burla
Sambalpur - 768 019 Orissa

Type : State University

Pin : 768019

Fax : 663 - 430158

E-mail : chairman@sambalpuruniversitypgc.in, researchcell@sambalpuruniversitypgc., in centraloffice@sambalpuruniversitypgc.in, admin@sambalpuruniversitypgc.in

Website : www.sambalpuruniversitypgc.in

Vice Chancellor : Prof. (Dr.) P.C. Tripathy

Phone : 0663-2401147

Registrar : Prof. R.R.PADHEE

Phone : 0663 2430157(O)2431320(R)

Fax : 2430158

History

The Sambalpur University was created by an Act passed by the Legislature of Orissa on 10th December, 1966 to fulfill long cherished dream of the people of Western Orissa for establishment of a University. The dream for a University was crystallized on 1st January, 1967 when the University started functioning.

Sambalpur University, which began its operations in January 1967, is situated at the heart of western Orissa, in the beautiful city of Sambalpur, surrounded by dense forest and hills. Ten districts of Orissa namely Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Bargarh, Bolangir, Subarnapur, Nawapara, Kalahandi, Boudh and Athamallik Sub-Division of Angul District are covered under the territorial jurisdiction of the University.

On 10 December, 1966 Sambalpur University Act was passed by the Orissa Legislature for establishment of a University in the Western part of Orissa. This Institute started from 1 January, 1967. The first Vice-Chancellor of this varsity was Prof. Parsuram Mishra. First, 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.

Educational Streams

Sambalpur University offers quality education to the students, the Post-Graduate Departments of the University offer one-year study Programme for M.Phil Degree, two years study programme M.A./MSc./LLM/ Business Administration/ MLib & Inf Science degree, One Year PG Diploma Course in Computer Science & Application and Diploma Course in Sambalpuri Studies and Three Year course in MCA and Executive MBA. The Post Graduate Departments of Chemistry, Life Sciences, History, Economics, Library & Information Sciences and Mathematics have been granted autonomous status by the University. Self-financing courses of the University include MSc in Computer Science, MSc in Bio-Technology, MCA under Self-Financing Course, Executive MBA, PG Diploma in Business Economics, Master of Population Studies, Master of Social Work and MSc in Bio-Informatics.

Facilities
The University has many Post-Graduate Hostels situated in the University campus out of which four Hostels are for ladies and six are for gents. The hostel inmates are provided with several facilities like Common Room with TV, Reading Room with Newspaper and Magazine, Guest Room, First Aid, STD Telephone booth, etc. A Central Canteen is located near the Hostel Campus for the benefit of students. The University provides all the basic amenities like two Nationalized Banks, one Post-Office, one Health Centre, one Auditorium, one Police-Out Post, one Faculty House and one Community Centre have been established to provide services to students/teachers and employees in the Campus. The University has a Central Library located in the heart of the university that has books in various subjects, and also subscribe a good number of periodicals in different disciplines.

Faculties/Departments

* Anthropology
* Chemistry
* Earth Science
* Economics
* Electronics
* English
* Environmental Science
* History
* Home Science
* Life Science
* Mathematics
* Physics
* Oriya
* Political Science
* Sociology
* Statistics
* Law
* Library & Information Science
* Business Administration
* Diploma in Sambalpuri Studies
* Computer Science
* Journalism

Library

The Central Library of the university is known as Prof. B. Behera Central Library, which is located in the heart of the university. This library contains more than 1,60,000 Books in various subjects, and also subscribing a good numbers of periodicals in different disciplines. The library is partially automated using SOUL software. The Library is also a member of UGC-Infonet.

Pollution in Hirakud damages paddy crop

Discharge of industrial waste and effluents into the Ib and Bheden rivers have caused devastation to the paddy crop in Hirakud command region.

Since these two rivers fall in the Hirakund reservoir, the entire water of dam has become polluted and this has a direct bearing on the paddy crop in the entire region.

Former MP and social activist Bhawani Sankar Hota has described the damage to crop as the side effect of the industrialization.

The damage to crop becomes high during Rabi season as during this time farmers need water from the reservoir. I have personally visited few places and was astonished to see the volume of damage, said Hota.

According to Hota, the effluents and waste of the industries have poisonous chemicals, including lead and mercury which made the water of the rivers toxic.

Hota warned the government to improve the situation before it gets worse. If government does not come forward to tackle the situation then farmers have no other alternative than to commit suicide, Hota apprehended.

A study conducted by the Sambalpur University 15 years back had revealed that the water of the reservoir has become contaminated due to water of the tributary rivers which bring poisonous chemical into the reservoir.

Cultural remains of 70,000-year-old civilisation found in Orissa

In a major breakthrough, researchers from Sambalpur University recently discovered the cultural remains of a civilisation that is supposed to be more than 70,000 years old. The discovery was made at Barpadar village in the upper Jira river of Bargarh district in Orissa. The site has tremendous potential for further research to unravel the Palaeolithic life in this part of the sub-continent, said the head of the research team P.K.Behera of the universitys History department.
The Palaeolithic period is the second part of the Stone Age, beginning about 750,000 to 500,000 years BC and lasting until the end of the Ice Age around 8,500 years BC.

The archaeological excavations were conducted near Barpadar village by the bank of the Jira river. The work was also assisted by Prakash Sinha of the Department of Archaeology, Allahabad Central University. The team, including history students of the university, found stone tools like axes, cleavers and scrapers at the site. The stone tools, used for food processing -- cutting, chopping and scraping -- were manufactured on par with European and African models. Behera and Sinha are of the opinion that the site was inhabited by the Palaeolithic band for food processing purposes. However, in the absence of evidence of on-site manufacturing of processing tools, the experts observed that these tools were manufactured elsewhere -- where suitable raw materials such as fine-grained quartzite was available. The raw materials were brought to the site in finished forms for use. Future excavations will reveal the nearby manufacturing sites also, Behera told.

Behera said the geomorphological situation of the area indicated that the site must have provided an ideal environment with rich bio-diversity and a perennial water supply to the Palaeolithic settlers for prolonged inhabitation at the site. Plant phytolith samples were collected from the excavated deposit for further study, which will reflect the type of plants exploited by the early Hominids.


Girls outshine boys in Sambalpur University exams

Sambalpur (Odisha): Girls have outshone boys with better marks in the plus three (BA-BSC-BCOM) final year examinations of the Sambalpur University in Odisha.

Girls had topped the university in 16 subjects as against three by the boys in the examinations results of which were declared on Friday.

The pass percentage in commerce with honours was highest at 91.63 per cent followed by 85.04 per cent in arts honours and 69.38 in science honours.

Girls outshine boys in Sambalpur University exams
Similarly, pass rate without honours was 81.04 per cent for arts, 58.25 per cent for science and 68.09 per cent for commerce.

A total of 3,110 students out of 3,692 in arts honours had passed the final degree examination in the university of them 237 in first division.

Altogether 7,637 of the 9,707 students without honours had passed the examination 125 them with distinction.

Girls outshine boys in Sambalpur University exams
In science stream, 886 of the 1286 students passed with 270 of them in first division while 586 of the 1012 students without honours had cleared the examination 51 of them with distinction.

In commerce honours, 383 of 421 students passed the exam with 73 in first division. In non honours category, 862 of 1272 students had passed the examination, 111 of them with distinction.

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