Utkal University, Bhubaneswar is the oldest university in Orissa and the 17th oldest university in India. It is a teaching-cum-affiliating university that has produced some of the best brains in Orissa. There are at 26 post-graduate departments at the university campus for studies and research in disciplines of Science, Humanities, Business Administration, Social Science, Law and Commerce. There are nearly 3,000 students in the post-grad departments at Vani Vihar. This is the largest affiliating university in the country with 267 affiliated general colleges, 15 law colleges, six medical and pharmacy colleges.
The campus is at the heart of Bhubaneswar city and right on NH-5. It is nearly 5 km from both the main railway station at MasterCanteen and bus stand at Baramunda. All the postgraduate departments and the Law College are inside the campus.
The foundation stone of the present campus was laid by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India on 1 January 1958, and the campus was inaugurated by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India on 2 January 1963.