Government College of Engineering, Keonjhar ("A Constituent college BPUT,Odisha") formerly known as Orissa School of Mining Engineering (Degree Stream) is the only government Engineering college in North Odisha. The institute initially started under Department of Industries, Government of Odisha in 1956 offering Diploma education in Mining Engineering and later in 1995 introduced degree curriculum.Thereafter in 1997 ,electrical & mechanical engineering branches were added as an expansion program. In the year 2006, Govt. of Odisha declared Orissa School of Mining Engineering (Degree Stream) as a constitute college of Biju Pattnaik University of Technology, Rourkela under self finance mode to develop it as a centre of excellence in the field of engg. & technology. In the year 2008, Mineral Engg. and thereafter in 2009, Metallurgical Engg. were added.( As per a government notification in the year 2011 it has been declared as a full fledged Government Engineering College).
Currently two hostels are available –Gandhamardan Hall of Residence for Boys and Baitarani Hall of Residence for girls. Both hostels are located on mining road. The third hostel (200 seated) which will function from coming academic sessions. Another hostel (200 seated) is under construction .Hostel allotments are done as per JEE ranks for first year students and as per CGPA of students of other years with priority to distant candidates. Boarders have to follow the hostel rules strictly failing which they may have to vacate the hostel and/or pay heavy fines/penalty.