In pursuance of its Action Plan for performance evaluation, assessment and accreditation and quality up-gradation of institutions of higher education, NAAC proposes that every accredited institution should establish an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) as a post-accreditation quality sustenance measure. Since quality enhancement is a continuous process, the IQAC will become a part of the institution’s system and work towards realisation of the goals of quality enhancement and sustenance. The prime task of the IQAC is to develop a system for conscious, consistent and catalytic improvement in the overall performance of institutions. For this, during the post-accreditation period, it will channelize all efforts and measures of the institution towards promoting its holistic academic excellence. To that end, Utkal University has set up a fully functioning IQAC whose genesis and vision is as follows:


Genesis of IQAC at Utkal University


The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Utkal University was established on 2nd January in the year 2008.



The vision of the cell is to act as a catalyst of change for improving quality in teaching, research, infrastructure and learning, resources, boarding and placement. With periodical reviews of all aspects of the University with a bearing on quality, the cell aims at creating awareness for quality as; quality is a journey not a destination. The basic quality for IQAC is: Teachers Teach, Students Learn, All others Facilitate the process.


Goals of IQAC

The primary aim of IQAC is

To develop a system for conscious, consistent and catalytic action to improve the academic and administrative performance of the institution.
To promote measures for institutional functioning towards quality enhancement through internalization of quality culture and institutionalization of best practices.

Prof.Sabita Acharya
Vice Chancellor

Prof. Nigamananda Das
Director IQAC

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IQAC Committee, Utkal University
1Prof. Sabita Acharya (Vice Chancellor)
Eight members from amongst the Teachers of the University
1Prof. Navaneeta Rath, Dept. of Sociology
2Prof. Bhaswati Patnaik, Dept. of Psychology
3Dr Mrutyunjaya Panda, Dept. of Computer Science
4Dr Madhuchhanda Mohanty, Dept. of PMIR
5Dr Seema Mallik, Dept. of Political Science
6Dr Rudranarayan Mohapatra, Dept. of Odia
7Dr Ajit Kumar Sahoo, Dept. of History
8Dr Jyotsnarani Pradhan, Dept.of Biotechnology
One member from the Management Administrative Officer (Members)
1Prof. Subash Chandra Dash, Dept. of Sanskrit and Member Syndicate
2Chairman PG Council
4Comptroller of Finance
5Controller of Examinations
6Director Research and Development
7Coordinator World Bank
8Director College Development Council
9Director Students Welfare
10Director Human Resource Development Council
11Coordinator RUSA
12Warden, Hostels
Nominee each from the Local Society/Trust, Students and Alumni
1Prof. Ranjan Kumar Bal, Former Chairman PG Council and Director IQAC, Utkal University
2Prof. Saroj Nayak, IIT, Bhubaneswar
3Miss Rajalaxmi Tripathy, Dept. of Zoology (PG Student)
Nominee each from the Employer/Industrialists/Stakeholders
1Prof. Ashutosh Biswas, Executive Director, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar
2Dr B.K. Satpathy, Former Executive Director, NALCO
3Prof. Susmit Prasad Pani, Executive Members of Odisha State Higher Education Council (OSHEC).
4Prof. Bedangadas Mohanty, NISER, Bhubaneswar
One senior teacher as the Coordinator / Director of the IQAC
1Prof. Pravati Kumari Mahapatra , Dept. of Zoology
Some of the functions of the IQAC are:
  • Development and application of quality benchmarks.
  • Facilitating the creation of a learner-centric environment conducive to quality educationand faculty maturation to adopt the required knowledge and technology forparticipatory teaching and learning process.
  • Collection and analysis of feedback from all stakeholders on quality-related institutionalprocesses.
  • Dissemination of information on various quality parameters to all stakeholders.
  • Documentation of the various programmes/activities leading to quality improvement.



  • Academic Audit of all teaching departments
  • Meeting of Institutional Ethics Committee
  • Meeting of the members of IQAC committee
  • Uploading Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) of the University in NAAC portal
  • Uploading NIRF data in the MHRD portal



  • In collaboration with Elsevier on “Institutional ranking and Importance of Data”
  • WB_OHEPEE sponsored National Seminar cum Exhibition “Art and Science of Photography”.
  • Coordinate the review meeting of the NAAC Mentors for affiliated colleges of Utkal University
  • Webinar on Patent filing and processing
  • Webinar on “COVID-19 on Epidemiology and laboratory updates”
  • Webinar on Coping with Covid: Some Tips and Tools
  • Webinar on Cyber Safety and Security in the Digital World
  • Review meeting of all faculty members on position of Utkal University in NIRF
  • Workshop on “Preparedness for NAAC accreditation” with all heads and their representatives. Prof. AK Rath, Advisor NAAC graced the occasion as the chief speaker
  • Review meeting with all heads on Preparedness for 3rd cycle of NAAC accreditation
  • Review meeting with Vice Chairperson Odisha Higher Education Council (OHEC) and Executive members OHEC with working committee members of NAAC accreditation, Utkal University
  • IQAC Seminar And Conference NIRF and Other Documents and Photographs_Utkal

IQAC Action taken report

  • Action Taken Report 2017-19: View
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2 2017-18 Click Here
3 2018-19 Click Here
4 2019-20 Click Here
5 2020-21 Click Here

Year – 2016-17

  • Massive participation and facilitation of Organ and body donation by students and faculty
  • Organizing research scholars meet regularly
  • Initiatives towards forming groups working for the under-privileged sections of the society

Year – 2017-18

  • Legal awareness programmes for the welfare of the civil society and legal aid camps for discussing and solving the legal dispute of the people have been organized by the University.
  • ‘Student Connect’ initiative of Regional Passport Office, Bhubaneswar, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India was conducted on 26.11.2017 to create awareness amongst students regarding the importance of the passport and services available at the regional passport office to obtain a passport easily.

Year – 2018-19

  • The Dept of Anthropology offers free of cost elementary level Japanese language course through Japanese Language Pilot Project to students and faculty members of the University. Four students have visited Japan through an exchange programme called JENESYS.
  • Blood donation camp organized by NNS wings of University along with the students, staffs and faculties.

Year – 2019-20

In a globally connected world driven by a knowledge-based economy, a key factor contributing towards growth and a holistic development is the pace of innovation. More than independent organizations, universities are better placed to speed up the pace of innovation because of their unique confluence of knowledge, research, resources and bright minds. Utkal University has capitalized on this insight by reimagining its innovation ecosystem in two significant ways: I. Annual Research Scholars’ Conclave: Crucial to the research enterprise are the research scholars and the university is keen on promoting student-driven discovery and innovation. Committed to encourage its research scholars, the university organizes an Annual Research Scholars’ Conclave to provide the scholars with a platform to showcase their ongoing research activities, and also to provide the opportunity of exchanging thoughts and ideas with distinguished academicians and industry personnel, and fellow scholars from various disciplines. The primary objective of the conclave is to help scholars explore and engage with diverse areas related to current trends and future advances in sciences, social sciences, humanities and languages. Scholars from Arts, Science and Language departments participate in the conclave through poster presentation of their research work. Scholars are assessed by distinguished academicians of the respective domains and the best poster presenters are awarded with Prizes and certificates to encourage scholars to drive towards meaningful discoveries and foster innovation, research and development in the university. II. Utkal Entrepreneurship Career Hub (UECH): The role of traditional universities has changed and today’s university students want more than academic degrees they no longer aim to seek jobs but to create jobs. Utkal University understands the changing needs of students and in order to remain competitive and relevant, a Centre for Innovation and Incubation (CII) has been established under Utkal Entrepreneurship and Career Hub (UECH), supported by RUSA, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. The objective of the Incubation Centre is to forge strategic connections between industry and academia by inspiring, attracting and working with entrepreneurs, faculty and researchers, and by retaining students with entrepreneurial leanings within the university ecosystem. CII is open to all entrepreneurs, companies, independent researchers, and government and other nongovernment establishments. Through a range of integrated support systems like space, seed funding, mentoring, training programmes, networking and knowledge dissemination, CII aims to create an entrepreneurial environment which would facilitate connections and help the involved stakeholders to actualize their innovative ideas from concept to reality.

IQAC Meeting