Himachal Pradesh University was established by an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh on 22 July 1970as a response to the needs and aspirations of the Union Territory, poised for full statehood in the Union of India on 25 January 1971. It is the only multi-faculty residential and affiliating university in the State that provides higher education to urban, rural and tribal areas through formal and distant modes.
The headquarters of the University is located at Summer Hill, the picturesque suburb of Shimla. The University has a total area of 241.11bighas with stately buildings set among rhododendron, silver oak, pine and deodar trees. It affords a salubrious clime and congenial atmosphere for reflection, study and research. The prime objective of the University is to disseminate knowledge, advance learning and understanding through research, training and extension programmes. It instills in its students and teachers a conscious awareness regarding the social and economic needs, cultural ethos, and future requirements of the state and the country.
Himachal Pradesh University is a multi-faculty and affiliating university. It stands for knowledge, learning, progress, humanity, tolerance, intellect, morality, determination, thought, and discernment. It is a grade ‘A’ accredited university by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.
The teachers of the University are rich in intellect, skills and professional expertise. HPU organises conferences, and workshops in collaboration with national and international organisations. Its Human Resource Development Centre is acknowledged as one of the best academic staff colleges in the country. HPU is the first University to offer postgraduation through the distant mode.
Students of the University perform commendably at the national level in sports and cultural activities. Every year ample number of students qualify the NET, SET, JRF, and other competitive examinations. The University has garnered achievements in NSS and Youth Welfare Programmes at the national level. Tuition fee is waived for girl students and disabled students are given free education. Two supernumerary seats are reserved for the single girl child in all courses. Students come to study here not only from the state but also from other parts of the country and abroad. The University is thus playing a seminal role in all spheres for the bright future of the students.
To work towards its vision, the University is committed in its mission to:
The vision of the University is to disseminate and advance knowledge, wisdom and understanding by teaching and research, and by the example and influence of its corporate life.
The Authorities of the University are constituted by the Statutes of the University.
The Governor of the State of Himachal Pradesh is the Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University. At present, Hon’ble Governor Shri Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar is the Chancellor of the University.
The Vice Chancellor is appointed by the Chancellor of the University for a term of three years. Prof Sikander Kumar is the present Vice Chancellor of the University.
The University Court reviews from time to time the broad policies and programmes of the University and suggests measures for the improvement and development of such policies and programmes; it also considers and passes resolutions on the annual report and the annual accounts together with the audited report of the University. The present Court has the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and 31 members.
The Executive Council is the Executive Body of the University. It has 15 present members and is chaired by the Vice Chancellor.
The Academic Council is the academic body of the University responsible for the maintenance of standards and methods of instruction, evaluation, education, examination and research in the University. The Academic Council has the right to advise the Executive Council on all academic matters.
All financial matters and service matters relating to service conditions of the employees of the University are placed before the Finance Committee which then makes recommendations to the Executive Council.
Himachal Pradesh University is spread over four campuses: Postgraduate Centre and International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning at Summer Hill, Shimla; Department of Evening Studies, The Mall, Shimla; University Institute of Legal Studies and University College of Business Studies, Ava Lodge, Shimla; and Regional Centre, Dharamshala.
Himachal Pradesh University, Summer Hill, Shimla houses Teaching Departments, well-equipped Laboratories, Seminar Halls and a Science Instrumentation Centre. It has 12 multi-storied buildings, including Ambedkar Bhawan, Law Block, Science Blocks, Netaji Subash Chandra Bhawan, Multi-faculty Swami Vivekanand Bhawan, Gandhi Bhawan, and Main Library. Apart from these, there is the Vice Chancellor’s Office, Administrative Block, Examination Block, Pre-Examination Coaching Centre for SC/ST/OBC/Minorities, Medical and Health Centre, ICDEOL Building, and Human Resource Development Centre. The University has 14 Hostels, a Faculty House, and an Auditorium that seats 800 persons. It also has residential colonies for teaching and non-teaching staff. The University also has a playground, a post office, bank, ATM, cyber cafes, eateries and shops. It has its own fleet of buses and is well connected by road and rail.
The University has a total of 13 faculties, 11 of which comprise 52 Departments and 5 Centres and Institutes, which run 132 academic programmes. These programmes are also offered by the colleges and institutes affiliated to the University. The University offers courses of various levels: certificate, diploma, graduation, postgraduation, MPhil, PhD, and DLit degree. The University has more than 400 teachers, 800 non-teaching employees and 120 technical employees. About 7200 students and 1100 research scholars are enrolled for study in the University campus.
In addition, 03 faculties: Medical Sciences, Ayurveda and Homeopathy, and Dental Sciences run several courses and pursue research in affiliated colleges and institutes of the State.
Himachal Pradesh University grants affiliation to 356 colleges at the graduate and postgraduate levels, which include: 127 Government Colleges, 24 Government and Private Sanskrit Colleges, 49 Government Aided and Private Colleges, 01 Research Institute, 74 B.Ed. and M.Ed. Institutions, 07 Law Colleges, 06 Government and Private Medical Colleges, 01 Ayurvedic College, 05 Dental Colleges, 02 Homeopathy Colleges, and 13 Government and Private Bio-Sciences Colleges.
The University has instituted 16 academic chairs named after:
University Faculty Journals
The University publishes its diary every year which contains the Academic Calendar and gives important information regarding the University. Messages from the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor grace the diary. It includes the contact details of all authorities, officers, teaching departments and offices of the University. The Kulgeet and a map of the university are also given therein.
The University also publishes its wall and table calendar annually. In this calendar, the details of the year, holidays, special days, festivals, pictures of university events, and inspirational lines and sayings of eminent people are given.
The Departments, Centres, Schools, Institutes and Model School of Himachal Pradesh University are regulated by various government bodies, including the University Grants Commission, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, All India Council for Technical Education, Central Board of School Education. These bodies grant recognition to the courses of the University.
Himachal Pradesh University functions with the help of the budget provisions of the State Government and funding and grant by various agencies:
The University has recently signed 28 active MoUs for academic and infrastructural growth; among which the Consortium for Educational Communication, an Inter-University Centre of the UGC will help the University to make Media Centres with state-of-the-art equipment, Community Radio, Studios and Digital Labs for the dissemination of information. The University Institute of Technology has signed an MoU with the Himachal Pradesh Road and Other Infrastructure Corporation, Technical University Hamirpur, NIELIT Shimla and the Indian Institute of Information and Technology, for technical exchange. Besides this, the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies has signed one MoU each with Himachal Pradesh Pollution Board Shimla and with the Department of Legal Studies, Chandigarh University. Also, the Department of Biotechnology has signed thirteen MoUs with Central Research Institute, Kasauli; CPRI, Shimla; Deakin University, Australia; Quantum Papers Ltd., Punjab; Advantage Organics Natural Technology, New Delhi; Bio Cleaners, USA; and the Himalayan Bio-Research Technical Institute, Palampur. Seven MoUs have been signed by the University Administration with the Central Public Works Department for new constructions, and repairs and maintenance. An MoU has also been signed with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology USA.
The purpose of the MoUs is to develop academic collaboration, and to undertake joint research and extension programmes in the emerging areas of mutual interest. It also aims to develop national and international cooperative programmes and to promote student and faculty exchange. MoUs will also facilitate organizing and hosting joint academic symposia, conferences, workshops and meetings for strengthening areas of mutual interest.
The six-storied Central Library is located at Jawahar Bhawanin the heart of the University. Modelled on the satellite Aryabhatta, its beautiful and impressive architecture has a positive and ennobling influence on the students. The Librarian and dedicated staff keep the library well maintained. It houses a collection of 2,36,987 books and 122 periodicals, out of which 73are national journals, 18 international journals, and 31 newspapers and magazines. The library also provides access to several e-resources to the students, scholars and staff. The library fulfils the dictum a book for every reader and a reader for every book. Nearly 1000 students can be accommodated in the library and it is open 24x7. Talking Software is available for the disabled students. Digitalization and automation of the library is underway to equip it with the latest technology so students can find and read books online. The library also has an electronic thesis and dissertation lab for research scholars.
Facilities for Students with Disabilities
Many facilities have been provided for visually impaired and students with disabilities in the University. One seat has been reserved in MPhil and PhD for students with disabilities through direct admission every year in each discipline. Apart from this, 5% reservation has also been implemented for admission in all courses. For the first time in the University, students with disabilities are being provided free education and at least 15 such students are pursuing their doctoral study. There are many students who have qualified JRF, NET and SET.
The University website has been made fully accessible for students with disabilities. Accessible software enabled computerized library services have been provided. The facility of a scribe for visually impaired and students with disabilities have been made simpler. Special vans have been arranged to bring the students from the University hostels to the campus and back. University bus service is free for them. Scholarships are also given to them through the State government.
At the initiative of the Vice Chancellor to make the University accessible a project of Rs 5 crore has been launched. In the first phase, 01 lift has been installed and 07 lifts and several ramps are being put in place in all academic and administrative blocks. Accessible toilets are also being provided.