Doon University draws its profile from the vision of the state to transform the higher education of the region as a carrier of Excellence. It is one of the leading educational Institution of Uttarakhand State established by the State Government vide Doon Vishwavidalaya Adhinium 2005 (Act No. 18 of 2005). The University is recognized under section 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act 1956. Doon University is located at the right bank of Rispan River, 8km south-east direction from the Dehra Dun city centr in the background lush green Sal forest. It has a sprawling campus spread over 22.26 ha land. Geographically the university is situated at 700 2’ 35” E longitudes and 300 15’ 46”N latitudes at the height of 588m from m.s.l. to Mathurawala road which is known as Kedarpuram. It distance is 6.84km in S-E direction from Dehra Dun railway station and 7.8km from clock tower.
The university is under rapid process of transformation to an institution of excellence. This university is encouraging development of efficient and transparent system that would further facilitate a learners experience in the University. The university programmers combine the enduring value of a liberal arts education with the skills and experience offered by professional departments. The university offers 9 schools on the campus in 15UG and 23PG departments through a highly qualified faculty. The university also plays an important role in higher education to the youth of the state. By virtue of its commitment to excellence, the University has been awarded B++ grade by NAAC in 2017.
It resembles a large self-contained educational center with lecture theaters, smart class room, Wi-Fi campus, library facilities, laboratories, on campus hostel accommodation, cafeteria, canteen, bank, ATM’s and post Office.
The campus of the University has often been rated as one of the most beautiful campuses in Uttarakhand. There are a number of lush green gardens, water fountains and sidewalks which provide an ideal environment on the campus for study and leisure.
The name of the Institute is given after renowned Himalayan Geographer Dr. Nitya Nand. He was head of Geography Department in D.B.S. (PG) College Dehra Dun from 1965 to 1985. His contribution in the field of Geography is remarkable. He wrote a book “The Holy Himalaya: A Geographical Interpretation of Garhwal Himalaya” in 1989 which is a land mark contribution. This book carries his original contribution on the various aspects of the Garhwal Himalaya. Dr. Nitya Nand carried out his field work in Uttarakhand during 1965 to 85 when means of transport were inadequate. He raised the natural and social problems of the Garhwal Himalaya. He published research paper in International and National Journals. He was not only an academician but social worker also. He had been a serious teacher, genuine researcher and committed social worker. He inspired hundreds of students and persons in the field of geography and social work who are carrying forward his mission in nation building. After his retirement from the academic service he established a SEWA ASHRAM at Maneri (Uttarkashi) for the victims of 1991 Uttarkashi earthquakes. He started there “Uttaranchal Daiviy Aapada Peedit Sahayata Samiti”. His whole concern was on the Himalayan people and this is why the Himalayan Geographical Research and Study Center has been established after his name in the Doon University, Dehra Dun.
It is matter of great pleasure that the Doon University has established Dr. Nitya Nand Himalayan Geographical research and Study Center with the help of financial and administrative support of Uttarakhand State Government. It is presently functioning as a state level geographical research center for scholars and master degree in geography, geology and diploma in remote sensing and GIS in which 20 seats in each subjects.
The center aim to built professional and applied research compatibility in Geography, Geology, GIS, Computer Cartography and Digital Mapping, Disaster management and surveying for various section of the society in the Himalayan region with special reference to the Uttarakhand State.
A 5 story building with all facilities is being constructed in the Doon University. This building will be completed within one year and activities of the institute will run smoothly.
The Center will conduct Seminars and Symposium on physical and cultural problems, conferences and workshop of current issues, research methodology, Cartography, GPS survey and mapping etc.
University already has constituted an Advisory Committee for the advice of the institute progress.
Apart from academic activities, the faculty members and student are also actively involved in the rejuvenation of Rispna and Bindal Rivers in the Dehra Dun city for the welfare of the society under the “Sawach Bharat Abhiyan” of Government of India.