Bijaya Kumar Rath (b.1949) did his M.A. in history from the Berhampur University, Ganjam in 1970. He was initiated into research on Odishan studies by Prof. K. C. Panigrahi, M.A., D.Phil (Cal), a great teacher, scholar and archaeologist of Orissa. Mr. Rath joined the Berhampur University, first, as a University Scholar and then as an U.G.C Fellow from 1971 to 1974. He joined the State Archaeology Department, Bhubaneswar, as a Curator in 1974. He functioned as Superintendent of Orissa State Archaeology from December, 1996 to March, 2007
Being an active field archaeologist, Mr. Rath has participated in a number of excavation and exploration works in the State of Odisha, undertaken by the State Archaeology Department. In recent years he had undertaken a massive conservation programme in the State with financial assistance from Tenth Finance Commission and Eleventh Finance Commission. In this effort, about 900 built heritage in the State have been structurally stabilized. He has a number of publications, based on his fieldwork in various research journals and periodicals on topics like architecture, iconography and epigraphy including four books.
Besides, he was busy in academic activities such as Guest lecturer and visiting Professor in the Dept. of Architecture in C.E.T, Culture University and Dept. of AIHCA, Utkal University. He is also a member of Technical Committees for conservation of Sri Jagannatha Temple and Sri Gundicha Temple at Puri the Sun Temple at Konark and Lord Lingaraja Temple at Bhubaneswar. Earlier he was involved in the conservation and conversion of Janakinath Bhawan at Cuttack in to Netaji Birth Place Museum by INTACH as Secretary of the Netaji Birth Place Museum Trust and as Ex- Officio Director of the Museum and he was the main Consultant to INTACH during the Organization of the Odisha State Maritime Museum at the Jobra Workshop at Cuttack during 2008-2013.
Presently he is working as a Consultant for Heritage Conservation and Culture and involved in various conservation projects including various private projects, projects of ICZM and INTACH.