Tamasomam Jyotirgamaya meaning Lead me from darkness unto light atop is the motto of the BerhampurUniversity.
The sailing ship at left symbolises the maritime glory of ancient Kalinga and represents as well the port of Gopalpur situated within the region of the University.
The temple to the right is the renowned black pagoda, the Sun Temple at Konark which stands for the achievements of the people of Odisha in the realm of art and architecture.
At the base are the lamp and the book, the eternal symbols of light and knowledge.
The name of the University is inscribed in Odia, the language of the region, above the book and the lamp.