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 Chancellor

Dr Vijay Dhasmana, the Chancellor 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, the Vice Chancellor of the University, is an eminent scientist and a fellow of National Academy of Sciences (NASI) who is credited with creating science infrastructure in Uttarakhand.

He retired from the post of Director General, Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST). Presently, he is also Secretary, NASI and Vice Chairperson of Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) New Delhi and is a well-known Intellectual Property (IP) professional. He has significantly contributed to the Study of Himalayan Glaciers and has been an integral part of good governance committee of different Universities.

Dr Dobhal has monitored over 250 R&D projects leading to national/international publications and patents. He is proud to have successfully organized Science Congresses in Uttarakhand leading to benefit over 10,000 scientists. He has written over 40 technical reports, 12 books, published over 150 research papers in various journals of national & international repute.

Recipient of several awards such as Royal Australian Chemical Institute Award; International Commonwealth Youth Sliver Award and Pride of Uttarakhand, Dr Dobhal is widely travelled. He visualizes Uttarakhand as a potential Bioresource state with tremendous scope for entrepreneurship and economic growth.


Dr Susheela Sharma, is a Gold medal winner in M.Sc. - Organic Chemistry in 1991 and Ph.D. from University of Rajasthan on topic “Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship studies of drugs affecting cardio vascular and central nervous system” in 1995. In her 27 years of services, she started her career as Teaching Assistant in S. K. Govt. College, Sikar during Ph.D. under UGC project. After award of Ph.D. she worked as Senior Research Fellow and Research Associate in NEERI, CSIR Lab and SMS Medical College, Jaipur for 4 years. After that she served for more than 17 years in capacities ranging from Lecturer to Professor, Registrar, Dean Admission and Examinations in Sobhasaria Group of Institutions, Sikar. She held many other responsibilities there, as: Coordinator for University of Rajasthan, Rajasthan Technical University, Kota for Examination evaluation at Sikar, documentation of AICTE and RTU, Kota application and inspection work, worked in NBA accreditation team, co-chairperson of Board of Discipline, Chairman of Women Grievance Cell, member of college Advisory committee. She also served as Principal in Seth G B Podar PG College, Nawalgarh. Prior to joining Swami Rama Himalayan University, she served as Registrar in Bhartiya Skill Development University, Jaipur. She has more than 33 papers published in various National and International journals of repute and has attended many workshops/conferences.

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.

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 Science & Technology (HSST)

Dr Ramesh Chand Ramola, Principal, Faculty of Science and Technology and Principal, Himalayan School of Science and Technology, is M.S. in Electronics from BITS Pilani, and PhD from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. He has 24 years of teaching experience in the field of Electronics and Communication Engineering. He has been associated in Research and development work at Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani in the area of Optoelectronics, Microwave Antennas and High Frequency Communication. He has a number of publications to his credit, in both international and national journals and has attended prestigious conferences. He was awarded Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal and Smt Saligram Bhatt Gold Medal in the year 1987. He is life member of ISTE and Member of IFTA.

Principal - Himalayan School of Management Studies (HSMS)

Dr Professor Vickram Sahai has a total of 25 years of experience in both academics & corporate. He holds a Doctorate in Management, an MBA, a Master’s in Mass Communication, an Economics graduate from Delhi University, and schooling from the prestigious St. Paul's School, Darjeeling. He has held various administrative positions like the Academic Coordinator at ICFAI University, Head of Centre for Professional Communication, and later as Director of Student Affairs at the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun. He has delivered over 20 Management Development Programs, chaired 8 conferences, and worked on both national & international projects. He is a CXO Level Coach; an Accredited Coach by International Coach Federation, USA, and a Licensed Coach by The Fluent Self, CIC, United Kingdoms. Besides Coaching to improve Personal Effectiveness, his academic areas are Communication & Marketing. He is a theatre enthusiast and an avid harmonica player.

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.

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.

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.