The University started as Kalahandi Science College from 18th July 1960 continued as a Pvt. College till 30.11.1961 was taken over by the Government of Orissa on 01.12.1961. It was then renamed as Govt. Science College, Bhawanipatna. The +2 Wing of the institution started in the year 1982. With its vertical academic growth the College was conferred with Autonomous Status in 2002. On 01.09.2020 it upgraded to an affiliating university, named as Kalahandi University, Bhawanipatna. The University is situated in the KBK (Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput) region, one of the most backward regions of the Country. It caters to the hopes and aspirations of the vast tribal populations of the area as a Temple of learning for Higher Education. At present, this College with its head high stands as one of the front ranking institutions in Odisha. It serves this backward region as well as the country eagerly to keep the eternal flame of learning, knowledge and competence ablaze so that the young aspiring minds of this locality prepare themselves to serve the country at large. The University offers a variety of courses at different levels. Besides Arts, Science and Commerce at Higher Secondary and Degree levels this institution also offers MA, M.Com and M.Sc. in 16 different subjects. Also on the offer is a self-financing degrees course in Computer Science.