Kumaun University (established in 1973 under the UP State Act) consists of three campuses at Nainital (headquartered), Almora and Bhimtal; 3 5 affiliated government colleges; and almost equal number of affiliated self-financed private institutions spread across the Kumaun region. The total area covered by the university thus far is an impressive 160 acres. The beautifully designed colleges blend in perfectly with the surrounding architecture and complete the breath taking scenery. In order to cater the technical, professional and vocational education, another campus of the University is being developed at Bhimtal.
The university is known for its research and teaching in Geology, Forestry, Ecology, Particle Physics and Chemistry, Economics and Management as well as boasts of several centres that offer interesting research. Kumaun University has been imparting quality education in the disciplines of Arts (Languages, Literatures, Social Sciences, and Humanities), Commerce & Management, Education, Law, Medicine, Sciences, and Technology under the Clause 12 (B). The University Grants Commission (UGC) granted full recognition to the University on June 30, 1984.
The University was granted permanent membership of the Association of Indian Universities and was awarded the special rank of Four Star by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2000. The main focus of the University has been to include the courses which are relevant and facilitate the learners in developing skills for easy job access.
Kumaun University has three campuses, namely D.S.B. Campus, Nainital, Bhimtal Campus and S.S.Jeena Campus, Almora. The academic programme of Kumaun University is divided in six faculties namely – Arts, Commerce, Science, law, Education, and Engineering & Technical studies. Academic programmes have been divided in Campuses to ensure equal regional representation and development.
Faculties: Art, Commerce, Education, Law, Science (including Biotechnology and Pharmacy), Engineering and Technology.
Academic Courses: A range of conventional courses, Biotechnology, Pharmacy and Tourism.
Degrees: Bachelors, Masters, PG Diploma, and PhD in most subjects.
Enrollment: As per AIU data for Year 2001, about 38,000 students, with about equal number of male and female students, are registered. Number of students enrolled in colleges is about 17,000 enrollment varying from 50 to 7,500.
Library: 20,000 Reference Books
Vocational Courses (first Degree): Taxation, Tourism, Functional English.