The Himachal Pradesh University was founded on July 22, 1970. It is located at Summer Hill which is at a distance of 5 kms from the main town, Shimla. The University is nestled amidst tall and lush green trees of deodars, oats, pines and rhododendrons. The location of the University presents a panoramic natural view among the woods, settled around Summer Hill. The camps where one half bathes in the fresh sun towards the east and another half in the grandeur of unique sunset on the West. Overlooking snow peaked majestic mountain ranges add to the lofty ideals and vision of the university. Its salubrious climate and calmness presents congenial atmosphere to pursue higher studies. The University campus occupies an area of 200 acres and has been designed to possess a distinctive architectural style. Himachal Pradesh University is the only multi-faculty and affiliating University in the state. It firmly believes in what India's first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru said in his oft. Cited convocation address at the University of Allahabad, “A University stands for humanism, for tolerance, for region, for progress, for the adventure of ideas and for the search for truth. It stands for the onward march of the human race towards even higher.
Distinct Features of University
Hence broadly speaking, the mission of the University is to usher Himachal Pradesh and India into the new millennium as a leading contributor in the field of education and research both in the social sciences, languages, behaviourial sciences and in science & technology.
Affiliated & Constituent Colleges = 300
International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning (ICDEOL). H.P. University Regional Centre at Dharamsala The University has both conventional and professional colleges affiliated to it. These include sixty four Government UG and PG Colleges & five Govt. Sanskrit Colleges, fifty four Governmentaided/ private colleges running UG /PG Courses, two Research Institutes, 74 Colleges of Education, six Law Colleges, two Medical Colleges, one Ayurveda College, five Dental Colleges , one Homeopathic College, twenty seven Engineering & Management Colleges, thirteen Pharmacy College, six law Colleges, University College of Business Studies, Univ.School of Legal Studies, Himachal Pradesh University Center for Evening Studies and Regional Centre.
H P U – Centre for Evening Studies (HPUCES)
The H.P. University Evening College was established in July1962 to cater the needs of conomically weaker sections. Admission to the college is restricted to employed men following the principle of earning while learning the women are exempted from this condition.
International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning (ICDEOL)
The Himachal Pradesh University set up a Directorate of Correspondence Courses immediately after its establishment in 1970. The University has played a pioneering role in launching the programme of distance education at under graduate and post graduate level. It was the first University in India to impart instruction at under graduate and post graduate level in socialsciences, humanities, commerce and teacher training through the mode of distance education. The Directorate of Correspondence Courses gradually adopted the multi-media approach to impart instructions and has been renamed as the International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning (ICDEOL). It is located with in the campus of the University.
H.P. University Regional Centre at Dharamsala
The Regional Centre of the University was set up in July 1992 at Dharamsala in Kangra district which is also the abode of the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetans. The Centre has a school of legal studies and offers post graduate courses in disciplines of science, arts and humanities.
The university has well established admission policy governed by the University rules and regulations in case of all Undergraduates, Postgraduates, M. Phil and Ph.D courses.