In year 1999 the Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar was established. Utkal University is the first of its type in India and promotes education in the state, research and training in various spheres of culture such as language, literature, religions, visual arts, performing arts, sculpture, architecture, folklore and tribal studies. The University is UGC Recognized.
The university also explores documents, preserves and propagates the rich cultural heritage through such devices as establishing libraries, archives, galleries, workshop, initiating programmes of publication etc. Besides, comprehensive surveys on matters related to culture are also conducted by the university. Not declared fit to receive Central/UGC assistance under Section 12 (B) of the UGC Act-1956.