The Utkal University of Culture has the distinction of being the first University in India exclusively devoted to the cause of culture – tangible and intangible. It was established in the year 1999 with a mandate to promote education, research and training in language, literature, religion, visual and performing arts, sculpture, architecture, folklore, tribal studies, etc. It has completed 16 glorious years of its existence excelling in the broad areas of art and culture. With highly experienced, committed and distinguished teachers and motivated students, this University has already secured an enviable space in the Indian as well as the global cultural arena. I feel proud to be a part of this University.
The University imparts training in its 24 Post-Graduate Departments under the faculties of Culture Studies, Architecture and Archaeology, Languages and Literatures, Visual Art and Performing Art, leading to M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees. Besides, there are self-financing courses in Master of Tourism and Travel Management, Master of Hotel Management, P.G.Diploma in Animation and P.G.Diploma in Textile Design leading to Masters Degrees. The pedagogical uniqueness of this University is a judicious synergy of the traditional style of “Guru-Sishya Parampara” and a modern system of formal education. Since this University is an affiliating one, it has more than 40 affiliating colleges spread over the State of Odisha, including the famous Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya and the B.K.College of Art and Crafts.
The location of the University in the capital of Odisha has a special significance. Odisha, historically known as Kalinga or Utkal, has been a land of cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic confluence from time immemorial. Its rulers werepassionate lovers and patrons of art and aesthetics. These historical facts justify the location of this University in Bhubaneswar, the city of temples.The Utkal University of Culture has two campuses. The main campus, popularly known as “Sankruti Vihar”, is on a serene and sprawling 45 acre site at Madanpur, while the city campus is located at the heart of the city in Unit-2. The University regularly organizes Seminars, Symposia, Workshops, Exhibitions, and Performances all over the State to showcase the talents of our students. The alumni profile of the University is very impressive with many of them establishing themselves in their respective areas of expertise, bringing laurels to themselves and to the University.
I am sure, with the collective efforts of all the stakeholders and culture lovers, the Utkal University of Culture will go from strength to strength to fulfill its prized mandate of preserving and propagating the unique cultural heritage of the country in general and the State of Odisha in particular.
Utkal University of Culture