Monthly Archives: February 2010

Khandadhar Falls

The Khandadhar Falls is located at Nandapani in Sundergarh district in state of Orissa. It is the 12th highest waterfall in India. The Khandadhar Falls is 104 kilometres (65 mi) from Rourkela via Bonaigarh, and 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Kendujhar. It is a perennial horse tail type waterfall.  The Korapani Nala, a small stream, plunges from a height of 244 metres (801 ft) in a single drop.

Sambalpur University

Sambalpur University is located at Sambalpur, India in the Indian state of Orissa. Popularly known as Jyoti Vihar. It offers courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Governor of Orissa is the Chancellor of the university. The campus is located 15 km away from Sambalpur in Burla.

On 10 December 1966 Sambalpur University Act was passed by the Orissa Legislature for establishment of a University in the Western part of Orissa. This institute started from 1 January 1967. The first Vice-Chancellor of this varsity was Prof. Parsuram Mishra. First, the University started functioning in 1967 in a rented private building at Dhanupali, Sambalpur; then in a government building at Ainthapali, Sambalpur. In 1973 the University was shifted to the present campus named Jyoti Vihar at Burla.

It is also a designated ‘Manuscript Conservation Centre’ (MCC) under the National Mission for Manuscripts established in 2003

Infrastructure and Facilities

Sambalpur University is located at Burla, Western Orissa. The university is surrounded by dense forest and hills. This campus is very natural and beautiful. One can enjoy the green scenery during winter and rainy season. This varsity is well known as the knowledge hub of Western Orissa.

There are ten postgraduate hostels in the university campus out of which four are ladies’ hostels and six are men’s hostels. The university provides several facilities to the boarders in the hostels like common room with television, reading room with newspaper and magazine, guest room, first aid, STD telephone booth, etc. The central canteen has been opened near the hostel campus for the benefit of students. There are two nationalized banks, one post-office, one health center, one auditorium, one police-out post, one faculty house and one community center have been established in the university campus for providing services to students/teachers and employees in the campus.

Academics and Research

The postgraduate (PG) departments of Sambalpur University offers PG Diploma, MA, M Sc., M Tech, M.Phil, PhD, and D.Sc degrees. All the departments are actively involved in research and well equipped for research facility for NET/JRF/GATE students. This varsity offers a limited numbers of scholarships for bright students to pursue their research work in various fields. Many PG departments have been recognized as centre of excellence and have been receiving special grants for conducting cutting edge research. Various P.G. Depts are also working on DRS projects. Apart from this the university faculties have their own research projects funded by national and international agencies and the students are admitted as research fellows in such schemes. Following are the PG departments of Samabalpur University, Jyoti Vihar.

  • Anthropology: Social and Physical Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry: Inorganic, Organic , Physical and Industrial Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science:Remote Sensing, digital image processing, analysis of Rocks, Minerals and Water
  • Economics: The research areas are: Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, Political Economy, Applied Econometrics, Applied Economic Theory, Public Finance, Money & Finance, Macro Economics Theory, Applied Mathematical Economics, and Industrial Economics.
  • Electronics: Microwaves,Embedded System,DSP,Neural Network and Fuzzy logic, Instrumentation
  • English:Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, 18th Century British Fiction, American Literature, Post Colonial literature, Native American Studies, Linguistics & ELT, Indian English Literature. Students from various parts of western Orissa as well as from other parts of Orissa come here to study English Literature.
  • Environmental Science
  • History
  • Home Science
  • Journalism
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Oriya
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Law
  • Library & Information Science
  • Sambalpuri Studies

Gudguda Waterfalls

GudgudaThis is one of the small but beautiful waterfalls of Sambalpur district, Orissa. It sprinkles out from the Gudguda mountain, as told by the local peoples. Picnickers throng to the spot during the X-mas holidays, New Year. Specially in winter season from November to February picnickers gather there to have some fun and eat out. The picturesque scenery of the dense forest and the waterfall provides solace to people. The cool atmosphere provides a toxic sensation and feeling to those who understand. The spot can be visited from the Jharsuguda end and Sambalpur end. All weather road connects Kuchinda the base town of Gudguda waterfall. From there the rest 36 kilometers, the road is not pucca or black tapped. But the drudgery of the 31 kilometers evaporates, once the spot is seen. The water from the waterfall is used for irrigation that provides livelihood to the people of the locality. Litchi grows during summer one of the mainstay of the area’s economy thanks to the water of the waterfall. other vegetables also grow that provides financial security to the area and its people.