Prof. Arun Diwaker Nath Bajpai - President
For Indians the Himalayas are much more than just a mountain range. Primordial wisdom originated in Himalayan region and is believed to be the dwelling place of Gods and Goddesses where great religious epics were composed. The holy rivers begin their long journey to the sea from Himalayas. Like the soul and spirit of India, the appeal of Himalayas is universal - always significant & everlasting. For centuries, people from all walks of life have been fascinated by the mighty Himalayas. Since time immemorial, various pilgrim routes have brought the pilgrims to these mountains. Varieties of tribes have evolved in the Himalayas and sustained in valleys isolated from the rest of the world. As a result, they have developed their own cultural identity. Difficult mountainous topography and harsh climatic conditions have affected the resources and life of people inhabiting these mountains. There is need to help Himalayan communities in improving their life, by making them aware about new discoveries, new technologies and imparting employable skills. All these concerns formed the base of setting up a research institute in the Himachal Pradesh University, which can act as a hub of research and academic activities thereby fulfilling the informational needs of stakeholders.
The Institute is one of its kinds in the state which wishes to bring whole of the Himalayan region under its gambit. Established in the premises of Himachal Pradesh University, the Institute is playing an important role in long-term Sustainable Development of the region. It is carrying out research as per the thrust areas identified by academicians and further approved and modified by the University Grants Commission.
The institute, since its inception, is bringing out the unseen treasure into limelight thereby enabling the mountain communities to walk on the path of prosperity. It has made tremendous strides since its creation. The researchers, policy makers, developmental agencies and business community are getting information on Himalayas under one roof. It further intends to provide inputs for systematic planning and implementation and also to develop strategies for an all-round development of Himalayan region in general and Himachal Pradesh in particular. The institute is honoring the principles of academics, integrity, freedom, impartiality and truthfulness, with regards to its activities. It also gives due regard to spiritual knowledge and religious beliefs of Himalayan region.
The sincere and committed efforts of the Prof. S. P. Bansal, Director of the institute are praiseworthy. I hope that institute with its dedicated and committed research team will achieve everything it is striving for.
I extend my good wishes for the successful future of this enthusiastic team.
Prof. Arun Diwaker Nath Bajpai