The birth of Sambalpur University was a result of a long cherished dream of the people of Western Odisha for a University. The Sambalpur University Act was passed on 10th December, 1966 and started functioning from 1st January, 1967 with Prof Parsuram Mishra as the first Vice-Chancellor. In 1973 the University was shifted to the present campus named Jyoti Vihar at Burla.The University offers Post-Graduate education in Twenty-seven subjects through Twenty Post-Graduate Departments which offer one-year study Programme for M.Phil Degree, two years study programme for the Degrees of M.A. / M.Sc. / LL.M. / Business Administration / M.Lib & Inf.Science, One-Year P.G. Diploma Course in Computer Science & Application and Diploma Course in Sambalpuri Studies and Three-Year course in M.C.A. and Executive M.B.A.Autonomous status is granted to the P.G. Departments of Chemistry, Life Sciences, History, Economics, Library & Information Sciences. They develop their own curriculum and adopt Semester system based on continuous evaluation.