Major Initiatives of Higher Education Department, Government of Odisha.
Odisha State Higher Education Council (OSHEC) was formed through a resolution by the executive order of the Govt. of Odisha on 09/05/2014. Members to the Council were nominated by the State Government on 10/12/2015
R.D.Women's (Autonomous) College, Bhubaneswar; Khallikote (Autonomous) College, Berhampur and G.M. (Autonomous) College, Sambalpur were up-graded into universities under RUSA project and were declared as Universities on 30th May, 2015.
State Open University at Sambalpur was set up at Sambalpur.
Three (03) Colleges were up-graded to Model Degree Colieges(S.C.S College, Puri, KKS Women's College, Balasore and Govt. College, Sundargarh) under Rashtriya Uchhatar Sikshya Abhiyan(RUSA) project of MHRD.
New Model Degree Colleges have been set up in 08 Educationally Backward Districts (Boudh. Deogarh, Malkanagiri, Nawarangpur, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Rayagada, Sonepur) under RUSA project of MHRD and are under construction.
UGC assisted Community Colleges have been opened in 07 Autonomous Colleges with trade-related courses viz. Tourism and Hospitality Management and Retail Management.
Higher Education in Govt. of Odisha has applied to open B. Ed. a m. Ed. courses in all State universities and 16 Govt. colleges.
1.2 Lakh seats in Junior Colleges and 54,000 seats in Degree colleges were increased to increase the GER of higher education in Odisha (from 17.5 % to 30% by 2020).