The Visitor

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Gurmit Singh, Hon'ble Governor of Uttarakhand,

Known for his scholarly acumen on defense matters. He has studied at National Defense University, Washington and National Defence University, Taipei, Taiwan. He was also a research scholar on the India-China Boundary issue at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has wide range of expertise in human resource management, information technology, legal matters, etc.

From being an Infantry Company Commander he rose to the level of Deputy Chief of Army Staff. He was a part of numerous expert groups, represented the country on many occasions, participated in numerous talks regarding border issues with China besides visiting Beijing, Shanghai and other cities of China for Talks.

During 40 years of service in the Army, he has been honored with four Presidential Awards and two commendations by the Chief of Army Staff. He has also recipient of Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.

His personal philosophy is based on the path laid down by Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s ‘Sach Khand Vase Nirankar and ‘Nishchiya Kar Apni Jeet Karon‘.

The President

Dr Vijay Dhasmana, the President of Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU) has had a prolific career spanning decades where he has been at the helm of affairs in different capacities ever since the institution’s inception and subsequent growth.

He was Vice Chancellor of Swami Rama Himalayan University from April 2013 to March 2023, and of HIHT University from 2007 to 2013.

He demonstrated a strong academic and leadership record as Vice Chancellor. And now, with his deep understanding of the educational landscape of the state of Uttarakhand and India, is poised for enhanced and crucial functions.

Besides being a member of Presidential Body of Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT) he is also a Chair-person of Swami Rama Foundation of USA, President of Swami Rama NishkaamKarmyoga Trust, General Secretary of Sadhana Mandir Trust and many more. He is also Ex-Chairman of CII Uttarakhand.

A Ph.D from Rohilkhand University, Bareilly and Masters in Mathematics from HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, Garhwal, he also attained his Masters in Computer Sciences from University of London, United Kingdom.

Dr. Dhasmana embarked his professional journey as the Treasurer of Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust and now has more than 30 years of varied experience in the field of Finance, Strategy, Administration and Education.

He possesses a strong academics and leadership record as the Vice Chancellor. Under his able leadership several departments and educational programs for medical and non-medical professionals were introduced in the state of Uttarakhand.

His deep concern about the youth migration in the hill villages of Uttarakhand, made him set up School for Vocational Studies and Skill Development at SRHU, with an aim to equip the youth of Uttarakhand with entrepreneurial skills and make them financially sustainable. He is a catalyst of “Homestay” Entrepreneur Development Program in Private University across India.

Dr. Dhasmana’s undying commitment for transforming rural lives and social service made him spearhead rural development initiatives in the field of health, education, adolescent, water & sanitation, livelihood& development, relief & rehabilitation including differently abled covering over 2000 villages in Uttarakhand and UP.

He is also recipient of many prestigious awards including ‘Dr. B.C. Roy Award’ in the field of Management – 2001, ‘Uttarakhand Ratna Award’ for his extraordinary work for the people of Uttarakhand, ‘Garhwal Vibhuti Awardard’ for Social Service - 2007, and ‘Vice Chancellor of the Year 2021 Award’ – 2021. Gadh Gaurav Samman - 2022 for providing outstanding Healthcare services.

Vice Chancellor

Dr Rajendra Dobhal, a known Intellectual Property Professional, currently is the Vice Chancellor of Swami Rama Himalayan University and Chairman of National Academy of Sciences India, Uttarakhand Chapter.

Formerly, he was the Director, Strategic Planning Research and Development, SRHU after superannuating from the post of the Director General, Uttarakhand Council of Science & Technology, Govt. of Uttarakhand. He had many other positions during his carrier like Chairman and Managing Director of National Research Development Corporation, Govt. of India; Director and Senior Scientific Advisor Biotechnology; Director, Space Application Centre; Director, Science Education and Research Centre, Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of Uttarakhand. He was also Technical Advisor to the Director General and Scientific Officer to the Director General, Madhya Pradesh State Council of Science & Technology, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal

A fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, he is a Council Member of UGC- Department of Atomic Energy Research Centre, Govt. of India; Counsellor Mountain Initiative; Member of Global Technology Watch Group and other various committees of the Govt. of India and others.

He has credit to have shaped Science & Technology infrastructure in Uttarakhand and AI based Science City Fifth in India. Dr. Dobhal, a widely travelled scientist has monitored over 425 research & development projects, 45 technical reports, 15 books and 175 research papers in national & international journals.

He has various awards to his credit like Royal Australian Chemical Institute Award, International Commonwealth Youth Silver Award, Uttarakhand Ratna, Uttarakhand Gaurav and Pride of Uttarakhand.

Principal – Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS)

Dr Prof. A. K. Deorari, MD FAMS, who was heading Department of Pediatrics at AIIMS, New Delhi is well known for his contributions to facility based neonatology in India and SE Asia. He was instrumental in conceptualizing uniform structured teaching aids for pre-service and in-service and steered development of webinars/AV lectures/teaching aids for Newborn Health. As lead person of WHO CC at AIIMS, he steered development of an online e-learning platform on Newborn Health for professionals on Moodle learning management system (LMS). In a first for Asia, he created innovative Apps on smartphones for management of ‘sick newborn.’ He assisted GOI and UNICEF in operationalization of Newborn Care. He has served in various capacities in India and abroad e.g. Consultant with WHO/UNDP /UNICEF in establishing facility based newborn care in DPR Korea, Srilanka, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal & Timor Leste, Technical expert with WHO HQs for ENAP metrics, UNICEF HQs and WHO Quality of Care Global Network, etc. He has also helped Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, Iran and Mauritius in operationalization of CPAP & Neonatal Ventilation services. He has 250 publications, six books and multiple awards & orations. He was Chairman of UG curriculum & Skill Lab at AIIMS, New Delhi. Besides, he has steered quality improvement initiatives in India & South Asia and is developing Standard Treatment workflow for Newborn packages for Ayushmann Bharat.

Principal – Himalayan College of Nursing (HCN)

Dr Sanchita Pugazhendi, Professor cum Principal, Himalayan College of Nursing; and Dean, Faculty of Nursing, is a doctorate in nursing from Manipal University, Karnataka. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing from Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore, under Dr MGR Medical University, Tamil Nadu and B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing from Calcutta University, West Bengal. In her three decades of experience in nursing discipline, she has worked in various capacities including Professor & Dean in Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University, Bangalore. She is a life member of Society of Midwives, India, Trained Nurses Association of India & Indian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery.

Principal - Himalayan School of Management Studies (HSMS)

Dr. Mohit Verma is a Professor & Principal at Himalayan School of Management Studies (HSMS), Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU). He has vast experience in academia as well as in the corporate world. Prof. Mohit Verma has more than 29 years of national & international experience out of which over 24 years is in Academics & Higher Education teaching, training, research and academic administration; and 5 years of corporate experience in Marketing and Sales. He also has undertaken overseas assignments in Dubai (UAE). He has worked with leading and renowned higher education institutions like Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University (SVDU), Vadodara, Gujarat, Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University (SRMU) Lucknow, UP, Institute of Productivity & Management, Lucknow, UP, Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad Dubai Campus- IMT Business School, Dubai and American University in the Emirates(AUE), Dubai. Prof. Mohit is a Post-Graduate in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing and holds a Ph.D. from University of Lucknow. His research interests include Consumer Behaviour, Green Marketing, Services Marketing, and Retailing.

Dr. Mohit Verma is an approved PHD Guide and guided many PHD research scholars and Post Graduate students Dissertations and has been an active academic and corporate trainer. He has conducted various Executive Development Programs for corporates in the area of Retail and Marketing. He has also conducted Faculty Development Programs, Seminars and published cases, articles and research papers in leading publications. As a passionate academician and administrator he has been mentor and trainer for his colleagues, students and has ensured highest quality in training, teaching, learning and student support system to help colleagues and students being transformed from potential to professionals in academics as well as in corporate world.

Principal – Himalayan School of Bio Sciences (HSBS)

Dr Sanjay Gupta was instrumental in setting up the School Bio Sciences at SRHU. He is a Doctorate in Biotechnology from IIT Roorkee and has a collective experience of 30+ years in academics, research & industry and was also the Head of the Department of Biotechnology & Biochemistry, SBS University, Dehradun.
He was associated with R & D work for the development of Industrial Bioreactors & Bioprocesses in Fermentation & Industrial Effluent Treatment at VAM Organic Chemicals Limited. He was a Member task force for HRD in Biotechnology in Uttarakhand (2005) Government of Uttarakhand. In addition, he is a key resource person and expert in workshops of U-COST, USERC, Uttarakhand Environmental Protection and Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB) & Sparsh Ganga Board (Govt. of Uttarakhand).
With over 125 publications to his credit, in international and national journals, he has supervised 18 PhDs and completed 8 sponsored research projects of UCOST/UCB/DST. Currently, he is working on 5 sponsored research projects of UCOST/UCB, Govt of Uttarakhand. He has also edited 3 books and a number of patents.

Principal In Charge – Himalayan School of Science & Technology (HSST)

Prof. Vinay Avasthi,Prof. Vinay Avasthi, Principal In Charge, Himalayan School of Science and Technology is a seasoned computer science academician with over 24 years of experience in faculty positions at reputed institutions like UPES, ICFAI University and MCEE Bhopal/Indor. Prof. Avasthi has made significant contributions to academia and research by designing curricula, developing and launching new programs, teaching and learning, research, e-learning, entrepreneurship & innovation, and quality assurance.

Currently, he is working in the area of Artificial Intelligence, Image Processing, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Software Engineering and Cyber Security and forensic. He has delivered many keynotes at various conferences and FDPs. He is also the editorial board member of many journals. He has successfully supervised numerous PhD and B.Tech./M.Tech/MCA/BCA/B.Tech-LLB. dissertations, shaping the next generation of scholars. 4 scholars are awarded PhD under him supervision and 3 are ongoing with their doctoral work.

He is Founder Coordinator for CSI Students Branch, Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) Students chapter, GitHub Campus Ambassador. He is certified Instructor for IBM, Oracle and Cisco Academic programs in India. Subject Matter Expert for Learning path of EC-Council and CompTIA USA. Prof. Avasthi has been an active member of the IEEE community, life members of fellow ISCA, CSI and fellows IETE, AIMA.

Officiating Principal – Himalayan School of Yoga Sciences (HSYS)

Dr. Ajay Dubey has over 20 years of experience in the field of Yoga as an academician, researcher and administrator, encompassing education, corporate and social sector. A firm believer & follower of the Guru Shishya Parampara, he consistently endeavours to promote Yoga Therapy, Research, Training and Classical Yoga Practices. He has a vast experience in developing yoga courses / curriculum and yoga departments in various Govt. and Non Govt. Universities, PAN India. He is an active member of Professional bodies of Govt. of India, State Universities in different states of India, Private Universities/Institutes and National and International reputed Yoga Institutes and Journel ( As an Editorial Board) . He been invited by many institutes as Guest of Honor, Chief Guest, Panellist, Guest Speaker. In addition he has recieved several awards including “Shikshak Samman Award” by Hon’ble Minister of Higher education in Govt. of M. P., Maharshi Attreya Yoga Award by the Indian Yoga Therapist Association, etc.

Principal – Himalayan School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (HSPS)

Prof. (Dr.) Ganesh Kumar is the Professor and Principal of the Himalayan School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (HSPS). He is a notable Pharmacy Academician with over 20 years of experience in Research, Academia, and the Pharmaceutical Industry. Previously he held the role of Professor & Principal at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, SGRR University and College of Pharmacy, Shivalik Campus, Dehradun. He is also having the exposure of R&D unit of Zydus Cadila Pharmaceuticals, Ahmedabad. He is qualified GATE scholar in 2001. His research area of interest is “Design of Novel Drug Delivery System, Target Oriented Nanoparticle, Liver targeting Delivery system, Compartment Modelling, Design of Experiments (DoE) & Quality by Design (Qbd)”. He published 86 research manuscripts in national & international journals of repute, 3 books, 8 nos of patents (design & published), more than 30 papers presented in the national and international conferences. He provided project and dissertation guidance to several research scholars pursuing PhD and M.Pharm. He was the recipient of several awards from various pharmaceutical societies. A few funded projects from UCOST and TEQIP-III have been accomplished. He was selected as President of the Association of Pharmacy Professionals, Uttarakhand State Branch as well as elected to serve as Vice President of the APTI (Uttarakhand State Branch).


Professor, Dr. Mukesh Bijalwan, has been associated with Swami Rama Himalayan University since 2013. A born topper since his school days, he consistently achieved first-class honors from secondary school to postgraduate studies. Dr. Bijalwan holds both M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Mathematics. He has authored 4 textbooks in Applied and Computational Mathematics and published numerous research papers in reputable national and international journals. With over 22 years of experience in higher education institutions and NAAC graded universities, He has served in various academic and administrative roles, including Deputy Registrar (Academics), Nodal Officer for the NEP 2020, NAAC and NIRF. He played a key role in inclusively establishing academic units and departments. Dr. Bijalwan has been instrumental in developing various programs and courses in accordance with the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) regulations. He has actively contributed to designing programs and academic regulations in emerging sciences, technologies, and skill development aligned with the guidelines of the New Education Policy and National Higher Education Qualification Framework.

Finance Officer

Mr. Avnish Shalya is Finance Officer of Swami Rama Himalayan University. He is a commerce graduate from BR Ambedkar University, Agra and a qualified Chartered Accountant.  He has also served HIHT University as Finance Officer, from August 2009 to May 2014.

Controller of Examination

Dr Archana Prakash, Professor Biochemistry, joined Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences in the year 1997. Her working experience of more than 24 years is a blend of teaching, research, clinical laboratory work and administration. She has worked as departmental coordinator for undergraduate Medical program and has been actively involved in board of studies / curriculum development programs of various Universities primarily in north India.
She is a life member of Association of Clinical Biochemist of India, Indian Science congress association and Indian Immunology society. She has served as Deputy Controller of Examinations more than 15 years also served as Head Ph.D. and Research Cell of SRHU.

Chief Librarian

Mr. Yogendra Singh has more than four decades of experience in Librarianship including about 20 years as Librarian IIT Roorkee and twelve years as Scientist in DRDO. He has won many awards including National Merit Scholar, Gold Medal in B.Lib.Sc., Fulbright Fellowship to University of Maryland, Best Librarian Award of various Library associations. He has been chairman/expert in many national and UGC bodies and also on the Library Advisory Boards of several reputed international publishers. He has 25 research papers, and three edited volumes to his credit. He has organized seven national and international conferences/workshops and 42 training workshops besides a number of bibliographic and non-bibliographic automation projects.