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 JawaharLal Nehru said in his 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.The newly created Department of Environment Sciences completes one year of its existence on July 22nd,2021
India is a land of physical, ecological, social, cultural and linguistic diversity. The sum of all physical, chemical, biotic and cultural factors that affect the life of an organism in any way is known as environment. It plays an important role in healthy living and the existence of life on planet Earth. Earth is a home for different living species and we all are dependent on the environment for food, air, water and other needs. Therefore it is important for every individual to know, save and protect environment.
Today, the conservation, protection and improvement of human environment (degraded by himself) are major issues all over the world. Land, water, air, plants, animals and other forms of life (microorganisms) are to be improved. Urbanisation, population pressure, over exploitation of resources, disruption of natural ecological balances, loss of biodiversity for economic purposes are the chief factors of environmental degradation. Today we can no longer live in isolation. This is the age of holism, there is one world. If environment of India is degraded, the global environment is to be affected.
The mission of the Department is to produce qualified, knowledgeable and dedicated young researchers who can contribute significantly to mitigate the harmful effects of environmental challenges after joining different institutions.
The aims and objectives of environmental studies is to develop a trained team of experts who are aware of and concerned about the environment and its associated problems and who has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivation and commitment to work individually and collectively towards solutions of current problems like air, soil and water pollution, loss of biodiversity, global warming and climate change and ozone layer depletion. The ultimate aim of the trained task force will be to reclaim and manage the land, water and biological resources for sustainable life support system in the country.