The journey of Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM) began in the year 2005 by a group of ambitious academics with aspirations to provide high quality education both nationally and internationally. The first step in this direction was to take over an ailing engineering Institute, the Jagannath Institute for Technology and Management (JITM) in one of the most challenging tribal districts of Odisha and one which was considered to be a left-wing extremist affected area. Subsequently, JITM was transformed into Centurion University of Technology and Management in August 2010, through an act of Odisha Legislative Assembly. It became the First Multi-Sector State Private University in Odisha.
The core objective of CUTM is ‘shaping lives and empower communities’, and creating wealth and livelihood opportunities at the bottom of the pyramid. The objective is achieved through education and training, financial services and other projects in rural communities, particularly in southern Odisha and northern coastal Andhra Pradesh. CUTM has strong environmental as well as social values. The University leads a network of educational institutions delivering primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational education and training. CUTM evolved from the Jagannath Institute of Technology and Management (JITM) and Centurion School of Rural Enterprise Management (CSREM) at Parlakhemundi, and the Centurion Institute of Technology (CIT) at Jatni, Bhubaneswar
The Centurion School of Vocational Education is integral to the university. It imparts ITI and Diploma education through Centurion Industrial Training Centers (CITCs), at nine locations in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Centurion group also runs a number of Higher Secondary Science Colleges and Public Schools in Odisha.
To bridge the gap between theory and practice, the University works in close association with its Gram Tarang Group of sister organizations involved in social entrepreneurship outreach activities
The Gram Tarang Employability Training Service Pvt. Ltd. (GTETS) is an employment oriented skill building initiative focusing on socially weaker sections of society, especially school dropouts in rural Odisha. Over 21,000 students have been trained through various programs in collaboration with the industry (NALCO, Vedanta, Simplex, Navayuga, and IL&FS). GTETS is a special purpose vehicle created by CUTM and the second ever partner of National Skill Development Corporation to help upscale its existing vocational training activities. It implements various skill building programs ongoing at CUTM. It has received recognition from FICCI and United Nations for its innovative employment linked skill development program.
The Gram Tarang Inclusive Development Services (GTIDS) attempts to provide financial service to the bottom of the pyramid clients through about 4000 banking correspondents in partnership with technology partners like Punjab National Bank, Andhra Bank, Indus Ind Bank United Bank of India & Union Bank of India. Presently GTIDS operates in nine states and has the mandate to take this to 10,000 Gram Panchayats (GPs) by 2012.
The Gram Tarang Self Help Cooperative (GTSHC) looks at rural Indian as a partner rather
than a market and constructively engages with the local community, especially through women Self Help Groups (SHG) across rural Odisha, to source, produce and market various products ranging from soap and sanitary napkins to financial product like life insurance.
The Gram Tarang Foods Pvt. Ltd. (GTFPL) undertakes value addition of agricultural produces near the source of production, though process like spice oil extraction, and consequently offering alternative employment opportunities to local population
The Centurion Group of Institutions have more than 200 acres of campus area and 8,00,000 sq ft of built-up area across nine locations in Odisha (Jatni, Paralakhemundi, Koraput, Rayagada, Bolangir and Balasore) and Andhra Pradesh (Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabed, Kanchili and Pathpatanam). It has capacity for fully residential programs with separate dormitory facilities for men and women for over 900 trainees at any point of time or 6000-7000 youth per year. It has 200+ networked computers with round-the-clock Broadband 1 GB lease line internet connectivity and Language Lab for soft skill development of students. It has 5 NCVT Affiliated ITCs offering Fitter, Electrician, Welder, Computer Operator, Hardware & Networking, Diesel Mechanic and MMV trades. CUTM has NSDC Funded workshops equipped with high end machine tools including CNC Lathe, CNC Milling, etc. In addition, the University is fully equipped mechanical engineering lab, civil engineering electrical engineering lab, electronics and communication engineering lab, physics and chemistry lab and workshops for fitter and welder. Its training cum production facility is equipped with CAD/CAM lab.
The Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM) offers Certificate, Undergraduate, Graduate, Post-graduate and Doctoral level courses in the fields of Natural Science, Social Science, Engineering, Management and Agriculture. The academic programs are offered through its School of Management, School of Technology, School of Agricultural Sciences and School of Vocational Education and Training.
The vision of the University is to become a globally accredited human resource centre of excellence catalysing sustainable livelihoods in the less developed markets across the globe. The mission of the University is to provide high quality and globally accredited academic programmes in technology and management, promote entrepreneurial culture and enterprise, and provide globally accredited employability training for less endowed segments of the population. Social justice and sustainable economic development are the key themes on which the university works.