The ship in the Crest symbolize maritime activities, Stock of Grain emphasizes the role of Agriculture. The Mount stands for Mineral Resources and the Fort for the past Military Glory. The Lamp and the Book symbolize spread of Light and Learning and removal of Ignorance. The Motto of the University is "Satyam Param Dheemahi"
The Utkal University, established in the year 1943, is the seventeenth oldest University in India. Its present campus at Vani Vihar, BHUBANESWAR is located on a sprawling 399.9 Acre area in the heart of BHUBANESWAR, with the Sainik School to its north, National High way No.5 to its south, Regional Research Laboratory and Institute of Physics to its west and the South Eastern Railway line to its east. The Foundation stone of this Campus was laid by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India on 1st January 1958 and the Campus was inaugurated by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the second President of India on 2nd January 1963. This is a teaching-cum-affiliating University.
The Utkal University is governed as per the provisions of ORISSA Universities Act 1989 and ORISSA Universities First Statutes 1990. The Governor of ORISSA is the Chancellor of the University. The Chancellor is the Head of the University. The authorities of the University are;
The executive authority vests in the Vice-Chancellor. The Vice-Chancellor presides at the meetings of the authorities. The Registrar is the head of the University Office and is Secretary to the Senate, Syndicate and Academic Council.