The University Grants Commission (UGC) introduced the concept of College Development Council (CDC) in 1980s, with a vision to set up an effective interface between the UGC and the colleges affiliated to various universities under it. The mission entrusted with the CDCs at University level was to ensure proper planning and effective implementation of development plans of the UGC, Universities and other funding agencies for quality improvement of affiliated colleges/institutionsintegrated as well as to provide necessary help and guidance.

The College Development Council of Utkal University, set up in late 1980s, is an important wing of the University with the statutory mandate for providing guidance and fostering better coordinationbetween the university and the Affiliated Colleges on the matters of development and academic governance.The University currently has more than 350 degree, 80 professional and 40 nursing colleges/institutions affiliated to it and imparting higher education in the faculty of humanities and social sciences, science and technology, commerce and management studies, pedagogical sciences, medical and paramedical Sciences. It has only one constituent college namelyUniversity Law College.

The CDC has been guided by statutory bodies namely College Development council and Affiliation Committee. 

Under  section  11(1) Ex-Officio-members:
  • The Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University
  • The Director, Higher Education Odisha, Bhubaneswar
  • The Director, Medical Education and Training, Odisha, Bhubaneswar
  • The Director, Technical Education, Odisha, Cuttack
  • The Director, Distance and Continuing Education, Utkal University, Vani Vihar
  • The Chairman, Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha, Bhubaneswar
  • The Chairman, Post-Graduate Council, Utkal University
Other Members (A) All the Heads of Departments of the Post Graduate Subjects of the University and the constituent and affiliated colleges
  • Heads of all P.G. Departments, Utkal University
  • Heads of P.G. Departments of Affiliated Colleges
  • Heads of P.G. Departments of Constituent Colleges
(B) The Principals of Constituent Colleges of the University
  • The Principal, M.S. Law College, Cuttack
  • The Principal, University Law College, Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar
(C) The Chief Librarian, Parija Library, Utkal University, Vani Vihar (D) The Director, Students Welfare, Utkal University, Vani Vihar   Under Section 11(1)(j) of Odisha Universities Act, 1989
  • Principal, P.P. College, Nischintakoili, Cuttack
  • Principal, Anchalika Mahavidyalaya, kanpur, Cuttack
  • Principal, Tangi Mahavidyalaya, Kotsahi, Cuttack
  • Principal, M.S. College, Badamba, Cuttack
  • Principal, Dhenkanal College, Dhenkanal
  • Principal, Mathakaragola College, Dhenkanal
  • Principal, Bharati Bihar Mahavidyalaya, Haripur, Sukinda, Jajpur
  • Principal, B.S. College, Nuahat, Arakhapur, JAJPUR
  • Principal, Madhupur College, kalan, JAJPUR
  • Principal, Kujanga College, Kujanga, Jagatsinghpur
  • Principal, HNS Mahavidyalaya,Chandol, Kendrapada
  • Principal, Karilopatna College, Kendrapara
  • Principal, D.S. Law College, Kendrapara
  • Principal, Dr.A.C.Homoeopathic Medical College, Bhubaneswar, Khurda
  • Principal, C.T Women’s College, Siripur, Khurda
  • Principal, Jagannath Mahavidyalaya, Kaipadar, Khurda
  • Principal, Raj Sunakhala College, Raj Sunakhala, Nayagarh
  • Principal, R.S. Mahavidyalaya, Odagaon, Nayagarh
  • Principal, Gop College, Gop, Puri
  • Principal, G.M.Law College, Puri
Under section 11(1)(k) Odisha Universities Act, 1989
  • Prof.(Mrs.) S. Rath, Retd. Professor of Political Science, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar
  • Prof. (Mrs.) Poonam Saxena, Professor of Law, Delhi University, New Delhi