The Odisha State Open University which has the jurisdiction over the whole of the State of Odisha was established in 2015. The University focuses on education, research and training and offers quality and affordable higher education to the whole of Odisha. Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates issued by the University are at par with Degrees/Diplomas issued by other Universities established by centre/states and recognized by UGC. Emphasis is on Skill Based Education to enhance employ ability of the students. Besides Skill Based and vocational courses, focus is on Teacher Education, Business & Management Studies, Computer Science courses, Engineering Science (short-term), paramedical courses, agriculture and foreign language courses. Add-on courses will be offered targeting students already admitted in Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the State .