Ravenshaw, one of the premier educational foundations in the country, was established in 1868 in the town of Cuttack, in Odisha. After completing 140 years of eventful existence, it was converted into the Ravenshaw University by an Act of the State Legislature on November 15, 2006. Thus, as one of the heritage educational institutions and as a young university, Ravenshaw is a veritable blend of the old and the new.
The old Ravenshaw campus with its majestic structures was set up in the year 1919 over about the 100 acres of land on the eastern side of Cuttack. After becoming a university, the foundation has acquired another one hundred and forty acres of land on the bank of the river Mahanadi, to build its second campus for its new disciplines of management and applied sciences.
The old Ravenshaw campus is located very close to the Cuttack railway station, which is in the centre of the city and is only about a 45 minutes’ drive from the Bhubaneswar airport.
As a young university, the old Ravenshaw is now caught on the cusp of continuity and change. Its infrastructure, both academic and physical, is being strengthened and expanded to meet the needs to make it more contemporary and raise its level of excellence. Various Professional & Management courses like ITM, MCA, Journalism, BBA, MBA etc have commenced and thus have made Ravenshaw a centre of Modern education. Consistent with these needs, the university has set up a department of management, named “RAVENSHAW MANAGEMENT CENTRE (RMC)”, now renamed to "RAVENSHAW BUSINESS SCHOOL" which admitted its first batch of MBA students in July, 2008.