The Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha was established in accordance with the Odisha Higher Secondary Education Act 1982 to regulate, control and develop Higher Secondary Education in the State of Orissa. The administrative function of the Council commenced from 7th September 1982 in a rented building at Budheswari Colony, Bhubaneswar. In course of time the Council constructed its own administrative building over Plot No. C-2, Samantapur, Bhubaneswar where it has been functioning since 2nd January 1996. The campus has been named as ”PRAJNAPITHA”.
The Chairman is the Executive Head of the Council and the Secretary is the Head of the Office. There are altogether 27 Sections, 24 in the Main Office and 03 in Zonal offices of the Council. The functions of 9 Sections of the Main Office are broadly classified under these categories : Administrative, Academic, Finance & Examination. While the Administrative wing functions under the Control of Administrative Officer, the Academic wing works under Deputy Secretary of the Main Office, the Examination wing works under Controller of Examinations & the Finance wing works under Finance Officer. The Finance Officer is a Class-I Officer of Orissa Finance Service, the Administrative Officer is a Class-I (Jr. Branch) Officer of Orissa Administrative Service and the Accounts Officer is a Class - II Officer of Orissa Finance Service. All other Officers like Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Controller of Examinations, Deputy Secretary, Deputy Controller of Examinations, Asst. Controller of Examinations are on deputation from Orissa Education Service (College Branch).