Garhwal University was established under the provisions of Uttar Pardesh State Universities Act (Act No. 10 of 1973) on 1.12.1973. The name of the university was rechristened to "Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University" in 1989 in commemoration of the memory of a leading statesman of the country, the son of the soil Shri Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, as a mark of the appreciation of its importance and achievements it has been upgraded as a Central University.

Under the provision of the Central Universities Ordinance, 2009, No.3 of 2009 published in the gazette of India, extraordinary Part-II, Sec-I, New Delhi, 15 January 2009. HNBG Central University is among the ten largest Universities of the country providing holistic education to approximately 150000 students annually.

The University is blessed with state of art research facilities. The University offers a variety of higher learning courses and academic programmes through 10 Faculties. HNB Garhwal University, nestled in the lap of Himalayan ranges, is situated in the Garhwal Himalaya Srinagar .