North Orissa University (NOU) is an open public university established in the year 1998 and is situated in the regional city of Baripada at Orissa. The University is recognized by the UGC, Bar Council of India, and IGNOU New Delhi. The University is also accredited by National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore with B grade. The university has two campuses; main campus is Baripada offering PG in eight subjects and Keonjhar campus, offering PG in five subjects. Admissions to some courses are purely merit based while for others, entrance test along with an interview if applicable are held. 

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NOU Baripada Highlight

Established | Institute Type 1998 | Public
Approved by UGC, AICTE, AIU, NAAC
Courses Offered 182 courses in 9 streams
Gender intake Co-ed
Entrance accepted OJEE
Application Mode Online
Admission Criteria Entrance-based and Entrance-based with interview
Official website http://www.nou.nic.in/

NOU Baripada Courses

At present, this university offers PG courses and Ph.D./ M/Phil. in variety of specialization. Here are the details of the popular courses in brief:

Course Specialization Eligibility Criteria
M.Sc. Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Geology, Material Science, Remote Sensing & GIS, Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation, Computer Science, Yoga and Naturopathy, Anthropology and Tribal Studies, and Mathematics

Graduation / Honours in relevant discipline from any recognized institution

MA Santali, Economics, English, Odia, Sanskrit, Education, English, and Hindi
MCA -
MSW Social Work
MLIS Library & Information Science
B.Ed.+ M.Ed. (Integrated) -

PG in Sciences / Social Sciences / Humanities from any recognized institution

M.Phil. Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Physics, Zoology, Santali, English, Odia, and Sanskrit PG securing 55% marks in relevant discipline from any recognized institution

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NOU Baripada Admission

For admissions in PG courses, candidates must have an UG degree with the required specialisation and must have appeared for tests as specified by the department in the website. For few courses, admissions will be based on the result of additional interview round. 

Application Procedure

  • Visit the official website of the college at http://www.nou.nic.in/ 
  • Click on the “Online Admission” link for applying online and to access other admission related information
  • Register yourself by filling up your personal information like phone number and email ID
  • After successful registration, Application ID and Password is generated
  • Candidates can log into their profile and click on Apply online 
  • Candidates need to fill educational qualification as per the course opted for
  • On completion of filling up of the form, candidates need to upload photo and signature
  • Finally make payment of the application fees either by Debit card/Credit card or by e-payment through internet banking
  • The filled up the Application form should be printed for future needs
  • The Application form (hard copy-generated after filling up the form) along with all the photocopies of the certificates, mark sheets, and documents supporting to reservation category must reach the office of the chairman, P.G. council
  • Candidates will receive intimation by SMS and e-mail when the admit cards get published and same can be downloaded by login into e-Admission portal

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NOU Baripada Placement

North Orissa University has a Training and Placement Cell which takes utmost care for arranging training as well as placements for the students. Students of this university are sent to different reputed research organizations/companies for vocational training /project works in their respective fields for gaining work experience and chances of future absorption in those companies or elsewhere.  Some prominent recruiters are:

  • Coca Cola 
  • SBI-Life 
  • TCS 
  • Wipro and many more ….

Apart from top corporates, students of this university are placed in PSUs and other government organizations viz. SAIL, Indian Council of Medical Research, and NALCO, etc.

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NOU Baripada Facilities

The facilities imparted by the institution are listed below. 

  • Hostels- The University has separate hostel facility for the male and female students. Hostels have round the clock security guards and are covered by a 24x7 CCTV surveillance. Providing hygienic food and clean hostel rooms is the top priority of the hostel along with the facility of RO purified water and inverter facility. 
  • Laboratories and Computer Centre- To make the students gain practical knowledge on diversified subjects taught in theory, the university has laboratories equipped with modern instruments and devices. Also, the institute has a fully air-conditioned computer centre consisting of 50 Desktop Computers (Dell Optiplex 980, I3 processor, 9.93GHz) with round the clock internet and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Sports Facility- The institute supports sports activity for physical and mental well-being of its students with the good establishment for cricket and football. Also, indoor games like table tennis, and carom are accommodated by the University.
  • Canteen/ Cafeteria- The university canteen is an affordable one with options for choosing food items from a variety of options. The food served by the canteen is prepared and served in a healthy atmosphere.
  • Medical Centre- The University is provided with a medical room where a part-time doctor is available during the college hours. Both students and staff of the institute can avail medical facilities and have access to limited free medicines as and when required.
  • Banking Facility-  Bank of India has its branch in the University campus to enable banking transactions by the students, teachers, and employees of the University. The Bank functions 6 days in a week. 

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NOU Baripada FAQs

Ques. Does NOU Baripada offers courses in distance mode?

Ans. Yes, apart from the usual regular courses, the university also offers courses in distance education mode whose complete details is available in the official university website at http://www.nou.nic.in/Department_home.htm.

Ques. Does NOU Baripada provide a hostel?

Ans. Yes, this university has separate hostel facility for boys and girl students.

Ques. During global corona pandemic, do individual needs to visit NOU Baripada for admission procedure?

Ans. No, the admission process of this college is online and candidates can apply for admission through the institute’s official website at http://www.nou.nic.in/. Candidates are not required to visit the college campus for admission.

Ques. How are the faculties of NOU Baripada?

Ans. The faculties are well-experienced, highly-qualified, and dedicatedly serve their duties along by guiding the students in times of need. 

Ques. Does NOU Baripada provide placement assistance?

Ans. Yes, North Orissa University has a separate training & placement cell which takes care of all placement related issues and training. Reputed companies like TCS, Coca-Cola, SBI-Life etc often visit the campus and conduct placements. These companies offer placements at lucrative packages.