The campus of the Garhwal University that stands tall on the banks of the Alaknanda River is truly the result of the worthy effort carried out by Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna. It is the insight and the strong endeavor of this great man that the University has been making a significant contribution to the state of Uttaranchal and brings forth thousands of students who are well educated and ready to face the world on their terms. The university was therefore named the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in the year 1989 in the honour of the very man who brought about its existence.
The Garhwal University came into being in the year 1973 in Srinagar, Garhwal and functioned under the UP Act. The University was deemed unique since it was conceived as a University that went to the people rather than the other way round. The establishment of this prestigious institute of education in the hills of Garhwal answered the persistent demands of the people living in the hills of Garhwal and Kumaon. Shri Bhishwambar Dutt Bhatt was offered the post of the first Vice Chancellor of the University.
Thus, the University has been in existence for a little more than three decades, has made significant inroads into every sphere of education, and has played a vital role in all the aspects of the people of the state of Uttarakhand. It has thus been possible to establish campuses in Pauri as well as in Tehri. Other than the commencement of various professional courses such as B.Pharma, MBA, MCA and Masters in Journalism, the University has been able to add close to one hundred and eighty colleges in the state of Uttarakhand on its affiliation list. The University has managed to open an Engineering College in the district of Pauri Garhwal.
In the year 2009, the HNB Garhwal University got a feather in the cap by being anointed as a Central University. It is presently being seen as one of the largest universities in the country that is spread over three districts and has several colleges in the affiliation list. The University witnesses an enrollment of one lakh and fifty thousand students every year in seven districts of the entire state.
The University boasts of some of the best infrastructure in the academic, research arenas, and a massive library with a huge collection of books, periodicals, journals and publications. The lecturers and professors are among the very best in the business and this has worked to provide some of the best educational facilities in the state.
Wide arrays of courses are made available at the University such as Arts, Agriculture, Ayurveda, Commerce, Science, Engineering, Law, Management and even Medicine. Other than offering the conventional degree from graduation to masters to PhD, there are some exclusive courses such as Tourism, Military Science, Archeology and many others.
With one among the best infrastructures, logistics and a consistent desire to provide quality education to the talented and deserving Garhwali community, the HNB Garhwal University has been the cornerstone of education in the state of Uttarakhand.