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26 Sep 2023  | Meeting of

Himalayan University Consortium India Country Chapter

published date
26 September 2023 to 27 September 2023
Chi Huyen Truong (Shachi)
About the meeting

This meeting of the HUC India Country Chapter will put forth nominations for the HUC Steering Committee Member representing India, to be endorsed by the Steering Committee and General Assembly.



The proposed action points for these meetings are:

  • Reconvene under the leadership of Prof Dr Kamal Kishore Pant, Director of IIT-Roorkee, the HUC India Country Chapter to appraise vice chancellors of HUC members and VCs of potential members of the progress of the HUC community in India.
  • Members of the HUC India Country Chapter will deliberate on the sustainability pathways for the Consortium and chart out the way forward in fostering collaborations amongst HUC members in the country and with HUC members in the HKH region.



The Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) is a network of almost 90 member universities and higher education institutions in the eight Hindu Kush Himalaya countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – and other parts of the world. The HUC fosters regional and global cooperation in research and education of and for fair, inclusive, and sustainable development in the HKH mountains and adjunct areas. The network engages top-notch professional women and men capable of undertaking high-quality research, education, teaching, and dissemination of mountain-focused, HKH-specific knowledge. The Consortium’s elected ten-member Steering Committee and the Secretariat provide coordination in network building, partnership strengthening, resource sharing, and resource mobilisation activities. The Secretariat is hosted by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD, Kathmandu).


The process to establish the HUC Country Chapter in India

Since 2016, HUC members in India have tripled in number. In October 2016, the G B Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development (GBPNIHESD) co-hosted an International Conference, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the HUC General Assembly at the Indian Science National Academy, gathering 25 Vice Chancellors/Rectors and 20 senior representatives of members from five Hindu Kush Himalaya countries and other regions. In 2018, five (Pro-) Vice Chancellors/Directors of India’s HUC members met at TERI School of Advanced Studies to deliberate on the need for a country chapter of the Consortium to coordinate members and mobilise resources for inter-university collaboration in and for India’s Himalayan Region (IHR). In 2018, a group of senior representatives visited the University Grants Commission (UGC) and met Dr D P Singh, Honourable Chairperson, drawing his attention to the importance of collaboration among IHR universities. At the High-Level Meeting of UGC/Higher Education Commission/National Education Planning Commission chairpersons, in conjunction with the HUC Annual Meeting in Kathmandu, in October 2018, Dr D P Singh, Honourable Chairperson of UGC India offered a strong endorsement for the HUC Country Chapter in India and confirmed UGC’s support for mountain-focused, Himalayan-specific research and training and regional collaboration in UGC grant-making policy. In 2020, 13 Vice Chancellors of Central Universities in 13 Himalayan States and Territories met under the auspices of NITI Aayog and arrived at a consensus on the importance of building an effective alliance for higher education for sustainable Himalayas. 



Tuesday, 26 September 2023 

All timings are in India Standard Time (IST). 

Time  Programme



Welcome remarks –  Kamal Kishore Pant, Director, IIT-Roorkee 

Introduction of Participants

Welcome dinner 


Wednesday, 27 September 2023 

Time  Programme
08:00 sharp

Bus departing from Ambrosia Sarovar Portico, Haridwar for IIT-Roorkee


Official group photo taking


Inaugural session

Facilitator: Harshit Sosan Lakra, Professor, IIT-Roorkee

  • IIT-Roorkee Research, Training, and International Collaboration for Sustainability in the Indian Himalayan Region – Kamal Kishore Pant, Director, IIT-Roorkee
  • An overview of the Himalayan University Consortium and India Chapter – Chi H Truong (Shachi), HUC Secretariat Lead, ICIMOD

Plenary session 1: Fostering in-country, regional, and international collaboration in research for sustainable Indian Himalayan Region

Facilitator: Sumit Sen, Professor, Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management, IIT-Roorkee


  • Kamal Kishore Pant, Director, IIT-Roorkee
  • Sudhir Kumar, Director, NIH
  • Shri Virendra R Tiwari, Director, WII
  • JC Kuniyal, Scientist G and Head – CEA&CC, G B Pant NIHE
  • Sarala Khaling, Regional Director, ATREE
  • Gretchen Kalonji, Director Dean of Institute, Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR) of Sichuan University – Hong Kong Polytechnic

Coffee/Tea break


Plenary session 2: The role of higher education institutions in nurturing future leadership for a sustainable Himalaya

Facilitator: Shachi Truong, HUC-ICIMOD


  • Anita Pandey, Professor, Graphic Era University
  • Prof. Saurabh Kulshrestha, Dean, Research and Development, Shoolini University of Biotechnology & Management Science
  • Deepak K Mishra, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Prof Irshad A Nawchoo, Dean, Research, University of Kashmir
  • M S Chauhan, Vice Chancellor, GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology
  • Rakesh K Maikhuri, Head Department of Environmental Science, H N B Garhwal University
  • Prof Prateek Sharma, Act Vice Chancellor, TERI School of Advanced Studies
  • Prof T K Kharbamon, Vice Chancellor, Martin Luther Christian University

Word Café rotational group work: HUC Country Chapter in India Plan for Action 2023–2025

Station 1. Collaboration in research

Facilitator: Asst Prof Ram Sateesh Pasupuleti, Professor, IIT-Roorkee

Station 2. Collaboration in capacity building

Facilitator: Prof Roopam Shukla, Professor, IIT-Roorkee

Station 3. Resource Mobilization

Facilitator: Shachi Truong, HUC-ICIMOD

Participants group into clusters of 5-6 people and rotate across three stations, discuss at each station for 10 minutes

Facilitators summarise input, 5 minutes each

Open discussion, 15 minutes


Nomination of candidate(s) for Steering Committee Member representing India



Key decisions and action points

Votes of thanks