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Founded in 1956, Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Sambalpur (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Odisha. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) is a coeducational higher education institution. Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. VSSUT also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.
Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), formerly known as the University College of Engineering, Burla, is a University Grants Commission (India) (UGC) recognised Unitary Technical University located in Burla, Sambalpur, Odisha, India. It is first engineering college in Odisha.It is the oldest engineering institute in Odisha, founded as the University College of Engineering (UCE) in 1956. UCE Burla was officially renamed as Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology on 12 February 2009, as a result of a move by the Government of Odisha to accord it with the status of a unitary university. Before getting University status it was the first educational institute in Odisha to be granted ‘Autonomous’ status in the year 1991. In 2012 VSSUT was awarded 12B status by UGC.
The motto of VSSUT is “Siddhirbhawati Karmajaa” (सिद्धिर्भवति कर्मजा in Sanskrit). The motto literally translates to “Efforts yield success” essentially implying that putting in effort in a proper manner and correct direction will beget success. It is sourced to Sri Krishna’s discourse to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita. This quote in its larger context of Gita urges man to acquire equanimity because such a soul endowed with the mind of equanimity allows him to shed the effects of his good and evil deeds in this world itself. Equanimity is the source of perfection in Karmic endeavors while leading to Salvation.
Foundation and vision
Situated at the foothill of world-famous Hirakud dam, the early history of the University is a fascinating chapter in the story of technical education in Odisha. The primary objective was of establishing the engineering college is to produce engineers who can manage Hirakud Dam. UCE was established on 12 August 1956 with three departments – Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. At that time the current building was not finished so the college started in a building now known as the Bharati Club, and students lived in the quarters of the Hirakud Dam project. Before the establishment of an engineering college at Burla, students of Odisha used to go to Shibpur (IIEST), Roorkee (IIT), Jadavpur University etc. for engineering studies.
Established on 12th Aug. 1956, at Burla in the name of University College of Engineering (UCE), the first engineering college was functioning as a constituent college of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. UCE got transferred to the administrative control of Sambalpur University in January 1967 and later on to Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) by BPUT Act-2002 in July, 2002.
Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) Odisha was formed by Orissa Act 9 of 2009 by converting University College of Engineering (UCE), Burla to a non-affiliating Unitary University and came into force by issue of notification by the Industries Department, Government of Odisha from 1st day of July 2009(Vide memo No.IV/TTI-33/2009-8553 and 8564 dtd.10 June 2009. The 1st Statutes of VSSUT, Burla 2010 has been approved by the Odisha Government vide Industry Department notification No.V-FE-II-01/2010/8697 dated 21 June 2010. This State Government University is also recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi vide UGC letter No.. F.9-36/2009(CPP-I) dtd.5th Jan 2010. The University is empowered to award degrees as specified by the UGC under section 22 of the UGC Act. The University has been declared eligible to receive central assistance under Section 12B of the UGC Act vide letter F.No.9-36/2009(CPP-I/PU) dated 8 November 2012.
All the engineering courses of the University are AICTE approved.
The campus covers an area of 203 acres (0.82 km2) with a maximum expansion capacity as per the land allotted to it is 503 acres (2.04 km2). It is situated in the hills near the River Mahanadi. Located near the Hirakud Dam, the University is a few hundredmeters away from the intersection of NH-06 and NH-42. The access route from NH-06 travels up to the Golden Jubilee gate at the entrance of University.
To the left of the gate stands the University library, the oldest and the largest technical library in Odisha, while to the other side there is the college auditorium. The campus encompasses department buildings, the Administrative Block, a workshop, a central internet facility, and a number of laboratories. The University has a gymnasium and yoga centre for its students. The campus has a playground and courts for basketball, volleyball, tennis, and badminton.
VSSUT has conducted already 6 of its convocations: the first on 25 February 2010, the second on 9 October 2010, the third one on 6 August 2011, the fourth on 14 December 2012, the fifth in December 2013 and the sixth in November 2014.
Admission to the academic programs mentioned is awarded through performance of candidates in state or national level tests and on the basis of the applicant’s prior academic record. Admissions to various Masters programmes offered are conducted by University. However, the students to B.Tech as well as MCA Programme get admitted through Joint Entrance Examination(JEEMAIN) conducted by CBSE . Very soon the university is planning to organise its own entrance exam for all of its academic programs.For the M.Tech programme, the university need GATE score.
The University offers a range of under- and post-graduate programs in engineering and natural sciences The following academic programmes are available at VSSUT:
- Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)
- Master of Technology (M.Tech)
- Master of Science (M.Sc.)
- Master in Computer Application (MCA)
- Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The university confers the degree of Bachelor of Technology, (B. Tech) in the following disciplines:
- Civil Engineering (120 Seats) (including dual degree)
- Mechanical Engineering (120 Seats)
- Electrical Engineering (120 Seats) (including dual degree)
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering (60 Seats)
- Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering (120 Seats)
- Computer Science and Engineering (60 Seats)
- Information Technology (60 Seats)
- Production Engineering (60 Seats)
- Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (60 Seats)
- Chemical Engineering (60 Seats)
VSSUT,BURLA has increased its intake capacity by about 300 seats in B. Tech in 2015.
Total seats / enrollment / strength of students for undergraduate courses(2016) = [120 + 120 + 120 + 60 + 120 + 60 + 60 + 60 + 60 + 60 + 300 (increased seats) + 228 (lateral entry)] * 4 (years) = 5472 (STUDENTS APPROX )
The university confers the degree of 5years Integrated MSc, (Integrated MSc) in the following disciplines:
- Integrated MSc in Chemistry (18 Seats)
- Integrated MSc in Physics (18 Seats)
- Integrated MSc in Mathematics (18 Seats)
Postgraduate and doctoral education
In the field of basic science the university takes students from different disciplines to pursue their respective master’s degrees. Various courses are Master of physics, Master of chemistry and Master of math. The university launched the post graduate physics course in 2010; later on the M.phil and Ph.D. courses were added. Similarly, the postgraduate chemistry programme and the mathematics programme started in 2010 also. With the effect of growing time these departments are also gaining momentum and also positioned themselves in a unique place in the university.
The University has a QIP Centre for Ph.D. programmes in engineering disciplines. The University admits full-time scholars to the Ph.D. Programmes in Engineering disciplines as well as in the field of Applied Sciences. VSSUT also has provisions for pursuing Master in Computer Application (MCA). The university confers the degree of Master of Technology, (M. Tech) in the following disciplines:
- Structural Engineering
- Water Resource Engineering
- Transportation Engineering
- Geotechnical engineering
- Environmental Science & Engineering
- Computer Science & Engineering
- Power System Engineering
- Power Electronics Control & Drives
- Communication System Engineering
- VLSI Signal Processing
- Microwave Engineering
- Instrumentation & Control
- Machine Design and Analysis
- Production Engineering
- Heat Power Engineering
- Robotics & CAD-CAM
- Manufacturing System Engineering
Education system and student evaluation
Semester system is being followed for both Undergraduate and Post graduate programmes. Medium of Instruction and teaching is English. The syllabus is updated at regular intervals keeping an eye to the advancements in technology and need of the industries VSSUT has strict rules for grades. Depending on the course the evaluation is based on participation in class, attendance, quiz, exam and/or paper. Continuous evaluation is done by course instructors. The Evaluation System of VSSUT which is also used in many other national and state institutions is the Semester Grade Point Average(SGPA) with a scale from 0 to 10 which is converted to letters: