The establishment of the Department in 1974 marks the beginning of Journalism education in the State of Odisha. It offered teaching for Bachelors degree in Journalism. In 1977 nomenclature was changed to Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication. Further, 2 Years Masters degree course M.J.M.C. was restructured in 2000 and the semester system of examination as per U.G.C. guidelines was introduced in 2002. At present the Department offers teaching for 4 semester Master's degree examination leading to award of the degree in M.A. (Mass Communication).
During past 40 years, the Department has produced above 1000 alumni and about 60% are employed in Media organisations such as newspapers, radio and television channels, government public sector and Public Relation organisations, advertising agencies, non-government organisations and academics.