Named after "Utkal Gaurav" Madhusudan Das, a great lawyer and legislator of the 19th century, the institute at Cuttack will be known as Madhusudan Law University from this day, when the State observes his birth anniversary.
The new university will have jurisdiction over all law colleges of the State except the constituent law colleges of the universities.
Professor Kamaljeet Singh, who was appointed its vice-chancellor, said that it is an opportunity for him to establish the institute as one of the best universities in the region.
“No institution can make any progress without the collective responsibility of the society. I, therefore, appeal to all stakeholders, particularly to all former principals, teachers and students of this great institution to extend their support and cooperation for the new university," Singh said while addressing the media.
Higher Education Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo and other dignitaries were present when the new vice-chancellor took charge.
The history of the institute can be traced back to 1869 when a diploma course in law was introduced to the Ravenshaw Collegiate School, Cuttack.