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Doon University
दून विश्वविद्यालय
Motto"ज्योतिर्वृणीत तमसो विजानन्"
TypeState public university
Established2005; 19 years ago (2005)
ChancellorGovernor of Uttarakhand
Vice-ChancellorProf. Surekha Dangwal
Undergraduates400
Postgraduates250
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Location, ,
30°16′04″N 78°02′45″E / 30.2678065°N 78.045935°E / 30.2678065; 78.045935
CampusSuburban
Colours  Sky Blue
AffiliationsUGC, MHRD
Websitedoonuniversity.ac.in/
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Doon University (Hindi: दून विश्वविद्यालय) is a state public university located in Dehradun in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand.

History

The university was founded by order of the Government of Uttarakhand in October 2005.[1] Its first courses started in July 2009.

Campus

Doon University Campus

Doon University's campus is around eight kilometers from Dehradun, in the foothills of the Shivalik range and on the banks of the Rispana river. It started as a residential university, but has permitted day students since 2013. The university covers 52.35 acres and includes separate accommodation for male and female students.[2]

Organisation and administration

Governance

Doon University is a State University under the jurisdiction of the government of Uttarakhand. The Governor of the state is ex-officio Chancellor of the university and appoints the university's Vice Chancellor, its full-time chief executive. The Vice Chancellor chairs a Board of Management, which oversees financial and administrative matters and ratifies recommendations of other councils of the university.[3]

Faculties

Doon University is a non-affiliating university and its academic activities are organized through its eight constituent schools, which run undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs.[4]

Dr.Nitya Nand Himalayan research and study centre

Dr Nityanand Himalayan Research and Study Centre (NHRSC) is named after the renowned Geographer Dr. Nitya Nand. He served the Department of Geography in D.B.S. Post Graduate College, Dehradun (Uttarakhand, India) from the year 1965 to 1985 as the Head of Department. He was a passionate teacher, researcher and a committed social worker. He published numerous research papers, articles and books on the natural and cultural aspects of the Himalaya. ‘The Holy Himalaya: A Geographical Interpretation of Garhwal Himalaya’ is his much-acclaimed work. His academic contribution is well documented at national and international levels. He travelled widely and conducted field studies for about two decades (1965-85) of the Indian Central Himalayan Region, popularly known as the ‘Uttarakhand Himalaya’, particularly during the period when the means of transportation were inadequate.

The centre is hosting M.A. (Geography), M.Sc. (Geology) & M.A. (Theatre) courses since the academic year 2019-2020. Further, the centre is starting graduation courses: B.A./B.Sc. (Geography) & B.Sc. (Geology) from the academic year 2023-2024 as per the guidelines of National Education Policy 2020 (https://www.education.gov.in/). For meaningful research towards sustainable development, natural hazards and disaster risk reduction in view of changing climate & seismic vulnerability, centre will start hosing Ph.D. in Geography & Geology from the academic year 2023-2024.The centre also offers certificate courses in Garhwali, Kumauni, and Jaunsari languages to increase the impact of rich heritage of regional languages of Uttarakhand. The school was established in 2019 to create a world class state of the art nodal centre for Himalayan studies. The Centre hosts the Departments of Geography and Geology and the main mission objective of the Centre is to study, document, and research all aspects of the Himalayas including but not limited to Himalayan topography, landform, glaciers, hydrology, climate change, demography, culture, society, economy etc. [5][4]

School of Media and Communication (SOMC)

The school offers courses in mass communication including journalism, media studies, social and development communication, advertising, public relations, photography, radio, television, films, animation, graphic design, multimedia, media management and communication research. The school has a media production centre consisting of a TV studio and production facility. Its courses include contributions from media industry professionals.[5]

School of Design

This school started in 2015 and allows specialization in graphic design or product design.[5][4]

School of Environment and Natural Resources

The school offers postgraduate courses in environmental technology and natural resource management.

School of Languages

The school has courses in German, Chinese, Spanish, French, Japanese And English.[5][4]

School of Management

The school of management offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses.[5][4]


School of Physical Sciences

This school runs undergraduate courses in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science.[4][5]

School of Social Sciences

The school was established in 2010, and includes a Department of Economics.[4][5]

Facilities

Central Library

Library Reading section

Established in 2009, the Central Library plays a pivotal role in enhancing the teaching-learning process at the university. Over the years, it has dedicated itself to building an extensive collection of learning resources and facilitating knowledge access through its services. The library is organized into two main sections: the Reading Section and the Circulation Section, collectively housing a diverse array of printed materials, including textbooks, reference books, reports, yearbooks, manuals, and case studies. The Circulation Section has an extensive collection covering all UG/PG courses offered by the university, allowing borrowers to access a designated number of books.

In its commitment to supporting teaching and research endeavours, the library subscribes to both print and electronic journals. The introduction of the e-Library, inaugurated by the Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand, marks a significant leap forward, providing students with access to millions of e-documents anytime, anywhere.

The Central Library has embraced technological advancements to enhance its services. Utilizing Open Source Library Management Software for housekeeping and other activities, the library has implemented RFID technology, established its Institutional repository, developed a mobile app, and incorporated barcodes, QR codes, emails, and SMS for a variety of services. These progressive steps underscore the library’s dedication to staying at the forefront of information management and accessibility.


Sports

InterUniversity Youth Fest at Doon University

The university has facilities for cricket, football, badminton, basketball and table-tennis.

References

  1. ^ "Doon University Act, 2005" (PDF). Governor of Uttarakhand. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Facilities: Doon University". Doon University. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Administration: Doon University". Doon University. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Doon University Prospectus 2015-16" (PDF). Doon University. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Prospectus: Doon University". Doon University. Retrieved 19 May 2015.

30°16′04″N 78°02′45″E / 30.2678065°N 78.045935°E / 30.2678065; 78.045935