The Government of Orissa has established the Orissa Chair in the University with the seed grant of Rs. 50 lacs to do intensive and extensive research, to bring out publications on Lord Jagannatha and to highlight the contributions made by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and poet Sri Jayadeva to the cultural heritage of our country. The Chair was formally inaugurated by Justice Sri Ranganath Misra, Former Chief Justice of India and Chairman, Central Sanskrit Board, Government of India on 14th October, 2000.