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Founded in 1989, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the medium-sized city of Srinagar (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), Uttarakhand. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (HNBGU) is a coeducational higher education institution. Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (HNBGU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. HNBGU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, as well as administrative services.
The University : An Introduction
Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University was established as a State University vide U.P. State Government notification no. (10)/(865)/15/(75)(85)/64 dated 23 November 1973. It has a rare distinction of taking birth through a powerful popular movement during early seventies in last century. This movement symbolized the hopes and aspirations of the masses of the region of Garhwal for the development through the instrument of higher education. The people of this remote mountainous region agitated for opening a University at a small but historic semi rural town of Srinagar. It was an expression of the quest for empowering their future generations for overcoming endemic economic and social backwardness, geographic and environmental constrains, re-assertion of cultural identity and harnessing of the local natural and human resources for development.
The University has subsequently been upgraded to Central University by an Act of Parliament i.e. the Central Universities Act 2009. The University has thus been entrusted with new responsibilities to guide its students, faculty and all other stakeholders to achieve excellence in academics and strive for all round development of students. Since its inception, the University has shown commitment towards regional and community development which is inherent in its teaching courses, research agenda and other outreach and extension initiatives. The synergy derived from circumstances of its genesis still inspires and promotes its vision for future.
The University, nestled in the lap of Himalayan ranges in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, is a residential cum affiliating institution of higher learning. It has jurisdication over seven districts of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
The University has three Campuses distantly located from each other –
Birla Campus, Srinagar Garhwal with its extension at Chauras Campus,
B. Gopal Reddy (BGR) Campus, Pauri
Swami Ram Teerth (SRT) Campus, Badshahithaul, Tehri.
In all three campuses of the University the undergraduate, post-graduate and research programmes are being offered in different disciplines. Besides, conventional courses under different streams of studies the Univesity has introduced some regionally relevant courses that are of importance for the region inparticularandmountains in general.
Area and People Served
Ranging from highly modernized urban social environment with benefits of technological advances to highly traditional and impairing rural social environment with constrained /limited/deprived affects.
Generally middle-class, lower middle-class, and economically weaker sections of society.
- Natural Environment
Ranging from polluted concrete jungles of cities and industrial centers to the blessed serenity of Himalayan ridges/valleys rich in biodiversity, and calm, quiet atmosphere, conducive to good health and pursuit of knowledge.
On one extreme, stand certain reputed private schools of Dehradun, Nainital, and Mussoorie, and on the other, many government schools in rural and inaccessible areas lacking basic infrastructure, human resource, and facilities.
Garhwal University (renamed after Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in 1989), established in 1973, is situated at Srinagar. The University has its Administrative Office at Srinagar, jurisdiction complete garhwal region. It was made a Central University in 2009 by the Central Universities Act, 2009.
Srinagar is located at 30.22°N 78.78°E. at the left bank of Alaknanda river. It has an average elevation of 560 metres (1,837 feet). It is the widest valley in the Garhwal hills.
How to Reach Srinagar
It is reached by national highway NH58. Srinagar is about 100 km from Rishikesh which is the last city on the plains of Uttarakhand and from where the mountains start. The road distance from Rishikesh to Srinagar via Devprayag.
The nearest railway stations are at Rishikesh and Kotdwara. However, Rishikesh is a small railway station not connected by fast trains. Haridwar railway junction, 24 km farther from Rishikesh, has train connections to most of the major cities in India and is, therefore, the rail head for Srinagar.
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun 150 km (93 mi) away.
Srinagar is the hottest place in the Garhwal hills in summers as it is at low elevation of just 560 m. and the temperature reaches 45 °C on some days from May to July. It has chilly winters and the temperature can fall to 2 °C in December and January.
The university has state-of-the-art research facilities, some of the best teachers and close academic relations with premier institutions.
Its headquarters are at Srinagar some 108 km from Rishikesh along the Delhi-Niti National Highway; Birla Campus at Mussoorie (bisected into the Srinagar Campus and the Chauras Campus by the river Alaknanda); BGR Campus set on enticing mountain slopes at Pauri (30 km from Srinagar and some 100 km from Kotdwar, the nearest railway station); and SRT Campus at Badshahi Thaul (Tehri Garhwal) amidst dense pine forest (85 km from Srinagar and 65 km from Rishikesh on the route to Gangotri).
The university offers a variety of higher learning courses and academic programmes through 10 Faculties. As a mark of the appreciation of its importance and achievements it has been upgraded as a Central University.
The Student Apex Body is the group of student leaders presiding over all the student unions of the colleges that are affiliated to HNB Garhwal Central University. The members the apex body are elected by an indirect election amongst the university representatives coming from each college. Currently there are about 184 colleges affiliated to HNB Garhwal Central University.
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