The Higher Education Department has been playing the pivotal role in improving the quality of education in the Odisha State, establishing a value based society and moulding the youth to meet the challenges of 21st Century. The opening up of institutions of national repute like IIT, IIIT & NISER in the State has not only made the State of Odisha an educational hub but also thrown open some challenges and opportunities before the Higher Education Department. To meet those challenges and make best use of opportunities, the Higher Education Department has all out efforts to strength the existing educational system and simultaneously taken innovative steps to open up new avenues for the students by imparting need based market oriented education.
Higher Education Sector in Odisha comprises Degree and post Graduate level education including the Higher Secondary and +2 Vocational Education. This sector also include institution offering courses for legal studies, Computer Application, Business Management and several other professional courses. Production of quality text books and reference books for different client groups of Higher Education is also one of the parts of this sector in the state. This also deals with a number of research and specialized institutions.
The major Initiatives of the Department are Odisha State Higher Education Council (OSHEC), R.D.Womens (Autonomous) College, Bhubaneswar; Khallikote (Autonomous) College, Berhampur and G.M. (Autonomous) College, State Open University at Sambalpur, Three (03) Colleges were up-graded to Model Degree Colleges(S.C.S College, Puri, KKS Womens College, Balasore and Govt. College, Sundargarh) under Rashtriya Uchhatar Sikshya Abhiyan(RUSA) project of MHRD. New Model Degree Colleges in 08 Educationally Backward Districts under RUSA project UGC assisted Community Colleges 07 Autonomous Colleges with trade-related courses viz. Tourism and Hospitality Management and Retail Management e-Admission, e-Despatch, and e-Scholarships etc.