Directorate of Distance
and Continuing Education
As per the revised UGC guidelines for Open and Distance Learning, the DCC was converted to Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education w.e.f. 15.10.1996. Prof. G.K. Das, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ajit K. Mohanty, Prof. K.B. Pattanaik, Prof. S.P. Pani and Shri Alekh Chandra Mishra, A.O., DDCE played an active role in giving new directions to the rechristened institution.
DDCE introduced several new programmes in succession besides BA, and B.Com (Pass and Hons.). M.A. in Odia and History in 1996, Political Science and Sanskrit in 1997, Public Administration, English and Education in 2000, Economics, M.Com and MSW in 2011 were introduced. M.A. Sociology was offered from 2000 to 2005 and has been revived since 2013. DDCE introduced courses in Computer Science in 1998 under the leadership of Shri A.K. Tripathy, IAS, and the Vice Chancellor. Subsequently, MCA in regular mode as an evening course was introduced in 1999 under the tutelage of Prof. G.N. Das, Vice Chancellor. DDCE offered B. Sc (ITM), BITM, and Diploma in Digital Art, BCA, DCA and PGDCA etc. for a short duration. DDCE introduced a Management Programme in 2000. At present, IMBA, MBA and PG Diplomas in Management (HR, MM, FM, POM, and TTM and DNM) are being offered under distance mode. From 2014-15 session DDCE is offering MBA Evening Program for working executives in face to face Regular Mode. Prof. R.K. Jena, the first Coordinator, Prof. S.K. Das, Prof. B.R. Mohanty, Prof. S. Sahoo, Prof. P.K. Sahoo, Prof. R.C. Mohapatra and others assisted DDCE. Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Insurance Management (In Regular Face to Face Mode) in collaboration with ICICI Bank was introduced in 2007 at the initiative of Prof. L.N. Mishra, Vice Chancellor, Shri A.K. Tripathy IAS, Commissioner
- cum - Secretary, Govt. of Odisha, Dept. of Higher Education, Shri K.V. Kamath, Chairman and Shri Paul Delima, DGM, ICICI Bank and Prof. S.P. Pani. Certificate and Diploma Courses in NGO Management in Odia medium were introduced 2010 in collaboration with UNAIDS, New Delhi. Prof. B.K. Rath, Vice Chancellor, Ms. Sarita Yadav, UNAIDS and Prof. S.P. Pani provided the necessary leadership. This course stands suspended from 2014.The Soft Skill Development Cell was established in 2007. MSW, MCOM and M.A. Economics were introduced in 2011. M.A. in Hindi was introduced in 2013. The Internal Quality Assurance Cell, Utkal University was functioning in DDCE from 2011 to 2014. DDCE had also set up the Centre for Women's Studies in 1997. Prof. Sukhadeo Throat, Chairman, UGC inaugurated the Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy Study established by DDCE on 23.02.2008. Both are now independent centers and stands shifted out of DDCE.
The PCP Block was added in 1997. An Extension Counter of the Syndicate Bank was opened on 16.09.1997 and was upgraded to a Branch on 10.11.2005. The foundation stone for the Silver Jubilee Building was laid by Prof. S.P. Pani on 14 July 1999. The Silver Jubilee Building stands on the place where Shri Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, had laid the foundation stone of Utkal University on 1 January 1958. The office establishment and the library have been functioning in this building since January, 2005. Prof. P.K. Sahoo, Vice Chancellor, along with Prof. S.P. Pani, Director and Team DDCE laid the cornerstone of the 2nd Floor of the Silver Jubilee Building and Old Administrative Block on 30.06.2012. The second floor of the Silver Jubilee Building was inaugurated by Prof. P.K. Sahoo, Vice Chancellor, Prof. S.P. Pani , Director and Team DDCE on 13.05.2013. This floor has been now named as
"TATHAGATA BHABAN" . An image of Lord Buddha in Dharma Chakra Prabartan Mudra has been placed in the corridor.The library hall named after Bharata Ratna Ambedkar is located in the Tathagata Bhavan.A new complex of halls named after Indian noble laureates Mother Terrasa, Amartya Sen, C.V. Raman and R.N. Tagore now stands at the second floor of the old building. Those halls along with Ambedkar Hall were inaugurated on 27th November 2013 by His Excellency S.C. Jamir Hon'ble Governor of Odisha and our Chancellor. The centre for Teacher Education was inaugurated by Honorable Chancellor, Utkal University on 27th November 2016. Virtual Tutorial Project was inaugurated by Honorable Vice Chancellor, Utkal University on 1stFebruary 2017. Civil Service Coaching Centre of Utkal University was inaugurated by Shri G.V.V Sarma, IAS, Principal Secretary to Govt. of Odisha on 20th March 2017. The Foundation stone of Platinum Jubilee Building was laid by Prof (Dr.) A.K. Das, Vice Chancellor, and Mr. M.K. Biswal, Registrar andTeam DDCE led by Prof. S.P.Pani, Director.
Computerization was initiated in 1994. The first computer was procured in 1996. Today we have 3 computer labs, 100+ Computers, 5+ Servers, +5 Printers, Lease and Radio Link Internet Connectivity, and Structured LAN and have computerized admission, accounts and examination processes, initiated modest Online Learning for PGDBIM and operate the Utkal University Examination Management System.
Prof. A. Mishra, Prof. P.C. Tripathy, Prof. R.C. Mohapatra, Prof. B.C. Guru,Prof. P.K.Sahoo, Prof. H.K. Swain and Prof. R.K. Bal served as In-charge Directors. Presently the Utkal University is headed by His Excellency Shri S.C. Jamir, Hon'ble Governor of Odisha as the Chancellor.