Sri Jagannath Sanskrit Vishvavidhyalaya is a state university that was established in 1981 in Puri, Orissa. Shri Jagannath Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya is the third Sanskrit university in India. This Vishvavidyalaya has made very significant contributions to the education field in the state of Orissa, being ideally built for serious study and research in the field of the most ancient language (Sanskrit) science and culture of the world. The University is recognized by the UGC.
The university aims at concentrating upon traditional teaching with a modern outlook. It presents a critical evaluation and assessment of works of the savants of Orissa in particular disciplines like Sahitya, Vyakarana, Darshana, Tantra, Agams, Dharmasastra, Jyotisha and so on. It also collects and preserves the Sanskrit manuscripts of Orissa, and conducts research on the collected manuscripts which are worthy of critical edition and publication. It organizes programs and summer/winter workshops for teachers in Post Graduate Departments and in affiliated colleges and institutions.
The University campus is known as "SHRI VIHAR”. The boarders’ strength is 96. Steps have been taken to construct a double storied Ladies Hostel to accommodate 120 boarders with the full assistance of the U.G.C. A prayer hall, named Rukmini Devi Birla, has been constructed in the. The construction of the P.G. Teaching Departments is in progress.
The courses of studies for different examinations are prepared by the respective Pathyaparisads (Board of studies) and later approved by the Vidyaparishads (Academic Council). The course patterns have been modernized and so designed that they fall into the pattern of general education.