The University has jurisdiction over the entire State of Odisha. The mandate is on education, research, training and capacity building by diversity on means of distance and continuing education including the use of new educational technology available to common man at affordable cost. Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates issued by the University shall be treated at par with Degrees/Diplomas issued by other Universities established by centre/states and recognized by UGC. Emphasis is placed on Skill Based Education to enhance employability of the students. To fulfill its mandate the Open University has established Regional Centres and Study Centres in different parts of the State. Besides Skill Based and vocational courses, focus is on Journalism & Mass Communication, Business & Management Studies, Computer Science courses, Rural Development, Disaster Management, Communication Skills, Translation Studies and functional aspects of Odia and Hindi language courses. Add-on courses are on offer targeting students already admitted in Undergraduate courses in the State .The fee to be charged from the students has been made reasonable and affordable by disadvantaged groups. All Norms and Regulations prescribed by statutory bodies like UGC, AICTE, NCTE, NCI, BCI, DEB, MCI etc. are strictly followed in offering academic programmes by the Odisha State Open University.