Inception of Garhwal University on Dec. 1, 1973 was the fulfillment of a long-cherished dream of the local people. The university was established under the provisions of Uttar Pradesh State Universities Act (Act No. 10 of 1973) on 1.12.1973 and the Act come in force w.e.f. 1.12.1973.
The university was renamed Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in 1989 in commemoration of the memory of a leading statesman, the son of the soil, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, and subsequently established as central university under the provision of the Central Universities Ordinance, 2009. It is among the ten largest universities in India with three campuses and more than 161 affiliated colleges and institutes (state-run/aided and self-financed) and examining approximately 150000 students annually, providing higher education services in 7 out of the 13 districts of the State of Uttarakhand.