Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), Shimla, completes 48 years of its existence on Sunday.

Situated in the midst of the lush green Deodars, silver oaks and conifers in Summerhill Shimla, the university is spread over an area of 200 acres. It got “A” Grade certification for the first time recently by the National Assessment Accreditation Council (NAAC).

An official spokesman said the Himachal Pradesh University is the only multi-faculty and affiliating university in the state.

It not only targets the urban population of the state and the country but also a large number of students from remote rural and tribal districts, barely touched by the benefits of education. Among its major objectives is the empowerment of the underprivileged sections of society who live on the margins.

He said the core curricula offered by the university matches the finest in the country, whether in science or humanities.

Various centres on the campus, including Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies, Centre for Australian and New Zealand Studies, Centre for Canadian Study and Development Programme, Women’s Development Centre, Agro-Economic Research Centre, Population Research Centre and Tribal Studies Centre are fully functional and are contributing significantly to interdisciplinary and socially relevant approach to learning.

The university has its own Interdisciplinary Journal. It is also among the few universities to have its own university anthem ( Kulgeet).

There are eight Chairs established in the university in the name of Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Deen Dsyal Upadhyaya, Yashwant Singh Parmar, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Dayanand, Guru Nanak Dev and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

The spokesman said the HPU has led the way by spearheading the progressive move to provide free education to girl students. “Besides, it reserves two seats for single girl child in every department,” he said.