Professor Debiprasanna Pattanaik
The P.G. Department of Oriya, Berhampur University has the unique distinction of being the first Post Graduate Oriya department to be visualised ever in Orissa at the University level. Started in 1968 with 16 students it now admits 24 students at the P.G. level every year. It has introduced M .Phil Course from 1977 which now invites 16 students per year.
The courses of study of both M.A and M .Phil are revised once in every three years, diversified and made up to date. Department provides specialised teaching in Bhanja literature, modern literature, folk lore and study of Oriya language. The diverse fields which the M.A and M. Phil courses now include are folk lore, theory of literature, editing and translation.
The Department has been active in its research activities since its inception. The teachers of the department supervise dissertation for Ph.D, D.Litt and undertake research projects. At present there are 4 number of U.G.C and University research scholars in the department.