Himalaya is one of the youngest mountain ranges on the planet Earth and known for the highest peak Mount Everest. Himalaya is one of the most important hotspots of biodiversity, inhabited by nearly 52.7 million people and is spread over five countries namely India, China, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bhutan. Several Indian states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, and the eight North-eastern states of India - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim and parts of West Bengal are integral part of the great Himalayan ecosystem. Himalaya is our common heritage. University of Delhi established the Centre for Himalayan studies as an independent Centre in 2021 which coincides with the centenary year of University of Delhi.
A multi-disciplinary research centre devoted to study the Himalayan history, geography, society, economy, polity, culture, traditional knowledge, bioresources, environment, sustainable development and related fields.
To carry out primary research on the above areas and collect data from all available resources both primary and secondary.
Development of transdisciplinary and an integrated Himalayan Data Centre. To have a database on people or organizations working on various aspects of the Himalaya and associate them with the centre. Establishing a Network of Scientists, Social Scientists, individuals, organizations etc., working on Himalaya by coordinating with several regional, national, and international organizations.
To strongly advocate conservation of the Himalayan resources and sustainable utilization for the benefit of people and create awareness using new media and visual aids. Develop community usable warning tools that will facilitate participation at the local level towards Himalayan emergency events. Recommendation to the Government and Communities identifying major challenges facing diverse local actors together with future challenges.
It will organize workshops, seminars, conferences, symposia, training etc, at both national and international level.
The centre will contribute towards Science-Policy and Social Science-Communities interfaces to the Government of India in the context of global agreements i.e. Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Climate Action and Biodiversity Conservation.
To secure funding from all national and international organizations in the areas of Himalayan studies.
Providing a platform for communication and education by offering certificate and diploma courses initially and PhD degree eventually.
Prof. Dinabandhu SahooDirector
Dr. Avitoli G. ZhimoAssistant Director
Dr. Anil JoshiChief Advisor
Prof. Rajesh NaithaniAdvisor
Prof. Kaushal Kumar SharmaAdvisor
Prof. S.K. BandooniAdvisor
Cherry Blossom, popularly known as Sakura in Japan is part of japanese life and culture. Japan has been planting the cherry blossom trees in several countries to spread the message of peace and strengthening of bilateral friendship. India became 28th Nation and Delhi became the First city in India and 38th city in the world to hold a joint India -Japan Sakura plantation ceremony due to sustained efforts of Professor Sahoo.
Prof Sahoo has decided not only to use these unique bio-resources to bring peace and happiness but also to promote ecotourism in India especially in the Northeast, in a bid to usher socio-economic development of the region.
Dream Building, North Campus, University of Delhi, Delhi