Directorate of higher education was established in the Uttarakhand on July, 2001 and 45 posts were created in it. At present the directorate is running in the college building of girls degree college, Haldwani whereas the process of construction of its own building is ongoing. At the time of the establishment of Directorate there were only 34 degree colleges in the state whereas at present this number reached to 70. In addition to this, there are 16 aided colleges. Besides, the number of self financed degree colleges and institutions are constantly increasing which obviously extended the administrative and supervisory work of the directorate. The role of the directorate is extended due to quality assurance activities of Higher Education in recent years.
The university being located in the upland hilly area of new state of Uttarkhand has made all out efforts to serve the educational needs of the socially and economically weak region. It has developed some highly recognized centers of scientific and social researches specifically in the areas of bio-diversity, bio-active principles contained in the Himalayan herbs and other plants, unique ecosystems, minerals, rocks and other geological structures that shape mountain environment and tradition, culture and human adaptation strategies in response to the need and constraints imposed by these massive mountain regions and working environment conducive to think about particles, spectra and structure of matter. Identification of the departments of Physics, Chemistry and Geology for DSA and CONSIST under Special Assistance Programme of the University Grants Commission, FIST programme in four departments (Geology, Botany, Forestry at DSB Campus, Nainital and Geography at SSJ Campus, Almora), Identification of Department of Physics as Centre of Excellence by the State, Department of Geography for Setting up Centre of Excellence for NRDMS in Uttarakhand by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, winning of two Bhatnagar awards and numerous other national and international awards and two FNAs in our university speak of its achievements.
The UGC has the unique distinction of being the only grant-giving agency in the country which has been vested with two responsibilities: that of providing funds and that of coordination, determination and maintenance of standards in institutions of higher education.
The UGC’s mandate includes:
Determining and maintaining standards of teaching, examination and research in universities.
Framing regulations on minimum standards of education.
Monitoring developments in the field of collegiate and university education; disbursing grants to the universities and colleges.
Serving as a vital link between the Union and state governments and institutions of higher learning.
Advising the Central and State governments on the measures necessary for improvement of university education.
Promoting and coordinating university education.