Prestigious Institutes in and around Dehradun


Forest Research Institute

Established in 1906, the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun is one of the oldest institu tions of its kind and acclaimed the world over. The Institute’s history is virtually synonymous with the evolution and development of scientific forestry, not only in India, but over the entire sub-continent. Set in a lush green estate spread over 450 hactares, with the outer Himalaya forming its back drop, the institute’s main building is an impressive edifice, marrying Greco-Roman and Colonial styles of architecture, with a plinth area of 2.5 hactares. The Institute has a developed infrastructure of all equipped laboratories, library, herbarium, arboreta, printing press and experimental field areas for conducting forestry research, quite in keeping with the best of its kind anywhere in the world. It is 7 Kms from Clock Tower, on the Dehradun-Chakrata motorable road and is of the biggest forest based training institute in India. Most of the forest officers are a product of this institute. The F.R.I. with its majestic building also houses a Botanical Museum for the attraction of tourists.

Indian Military Academy

Indian Military Academy became functional from 1st October 1932. It is Situated 8 Kms on Dehradun-Chakrata road and 3 kms beyond F.R.I., Dehradun. It is a premier training institute for Army Officers. The academy has the following places of tourist interest: Museum, Library, War Memorial, Arms and ammunition, Shooting demonstration room, FRIMS Golf Course(18 holes).
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Wadia Institute of Himalyan Geology

The Wadia Institute Of Himalyan Geology is an autonomous research Institute of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The Institute was shifted to Dehradun from Delhi in 1976. It is named after the late Prof. D.N. Wadia (founder of the institute). It is situated at 33, General Mahadev Singh Road, 5 Kms uphill from the Clock Tower. The institute carries out research in Himalayan Geology and related fields. It has a unique museum of the Uttaranchal Glaciers.
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The Zoological Survey Of India

Founded in 1916, the Zoological Survey of India, 5 kms away on Kaulagarh road, a department under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, is a premier National Institute exploring the faunal diversity of the country. It undertakes surveys in all the biogeographic zones to collect, identify, collate and inventories faunal diversity of our country. The museum of this institute has a variety of Himalayan faunal diversity.

Central Soil and Water Conservation Research & Training Institute

Central Soil and Water Conservation Reasearch and Training Institute was established in 1974 at 218, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun (Uttarakhand). The institute undertakes many programmes like Erosion control, Waste/degraded land development, Rain water management, Watershed management, Training in soil and water conservation and watershed management etc.

Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL)

DEAL was founded in 1965 in Mussoorie (Uttarakhand); it was then known as the Himalayan Radio Propagation Unit. In 1968, the lab was shifted from Mussoorie to Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and in 1976 renamed as the Defense Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL). Since then, DEAL has expanded into a "major system laboratory" of the Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defense.
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Indian Institute of Petroleum

Indian Institute of Petroleum is situated at Mohkampur, Dehradun. Its major activities involves developing processes and Products for petroleum refining and petrochemical industries, to provide technical services, to carry out R&D work, training of personnel in oil and petrochemical industries, assisting in formulation of standards for petroleum products.

Instrument Research and Development Establishment (IRDE)

The origin of IRDE goes back to 1939 when Inspectorate of Scientific Stores was established at Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan). This underwent many organisational and site changes until it took the shape of Technical Development Establishment (Instruments and Electronics) covering both R&D and AHSP functions in the fields of instruments and electronics and was located at Dehradun. The Establishment, during the subsequent years, shed some of its R&D and AHSP responsibilities and came into existence, in its present form, in February 1960.

National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH)

National Institute Of Visually Handicapped (NIVH) is located in an area of about 43 acres on Mussoorie-Dehradun Highway. It is an autonomous body under the Ministry Of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government Of India. Institute is training centre for blind. It is also engaged in production of Braille literature, Aids and Appliances for Visually handicapped . For more details visit :-

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.

In the year 1956, ONGC has established its Head Quarters in the famous Building, Tel Bhawan (Patiala House), at Dehradun. ONGC is the premier exploration and production company in India and accounts for 90% of the exploration effort, established reserves and production of oil and gas in the country. ONGC have built an organization with fiscal, technical and managerial strength to match any large oil company in the world. It is thus obvious that ONGC would continue to be a major force in the Indian oil industry in the foreseeable future.

Keshava Deva Malviya Institute of Petroleum Exploration

KDMIPE a unit of ONGC was first set up in 1962 as a research and training institute with assistance from United Nations Development Programme, it evolved into Institute of Petroleum Exploration in 1974. The Institute was christened as Keshava Deva Malviya Institiute of Petroleum Exploration in the year 1981 in memory of first Minister of Petroleum Shri Keshava Deva Malviya. KDMIPE caters to the research needs of ONGC’s operating regions in the field of Geosciences for hydrocarbon exploration/exploitation and development of alternative source of energy, besides undertaking large number of need based essential and research projects directed at testing new methodologies, technology upgradation, development of new and novel ideas, generation and updating of geoscientific data and computer applications.

Rashtriya Indian Military College

The Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) was inaugurated on 13th March 1922. The College is spread over an area of 138 acres in Dehradun Cantonment. The College is administered by the Union Ministry Of Defence through Directorate General of Military Training, Army Headquarters, New Delhi. The main purpose of the college is to train suitable candidates for admission to NDA.

Survey Of India

Survey Of India, The National Survey and Mapping Organization of the country under the Department of Science & Technology, is the Oldest scientific department of the Government Of India. It was set up in 1767. The Survey of India acts as adviser to the Government of India on all survey matters, viz Geodesy, Photogrammetry, Mapping & Map Reproduction. For more details visit :-

Wildlife Institute of India

Wildlife Institute of India (WII) was setup at Chandrabani, Dehra Dun in 1982 with a mandate to train government and non-government personnel, carry out research, and advise on matters of conservation and management of wildlife resources. WII was accorded autonomy in April 1986. For more details visit

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) was established at Dehradun in collaboration with the government of Netherland. It is under National Remote Sensing Agency, Department of Space, Govt. of India. It is one of the premier Training and Educational Institute set up for developing trained professionals in the field of Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics and GPS Technology for Natural Resources and Disaster Management. The main area of the function of the Institute is capacity building through technology transfer among user community, education at post graduation level in the application of Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics for Natural Resource Management and promote Research in Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics.
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Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration

LBSNAA was set up in 1959 at Mussoorie for imparting training to members of All India Services and Central Services (Group A) through common Foundation Course and to provide professional training to the regular recruits to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The academy also conducts in service training courses for middle to senior ranking members of the Indian Administrative Srevice as well as for officers selected for or promoted to the Indian Administrative Service from various State Civil Services. Courses on training of trainers in decentralized planning, training methodology etc are also regularly conducted. In addition, workshops and seminars are conducted in specific subject areas.

Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA)

The Indian Forest College was instituted in 1938 to impart professional forestry training to newly recruited forest officers. It was started as a constituent of FRI and colleges and was renamed as Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) in 1987. IGNFA is located in the New Forest Campus 5 km west of the city centre of Dehradun. The Academy is conducting training for the Indian Forest service (IFS) cadre.
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Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)

The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The Council is the apex body in the national forestry research system to develop holistic forestry research through planning, promoting, conducting and coordinating research, education and extension on all aspects of forestry for ensuring scientific management of forest, tree improvement, forestry productivity through scientific and biotechnological research, bioremediation of degraded land, efficient utilization of forest produce, forest based value addition, conservation of biodiversity, effective agro forestry models for various agro ecological zones , policy research, environmental impact assessment and integrated pest management and disease. The Council has the following eight Institutes and three Centres situated under different agro ecological regions of the country:

1. Forest Research Institute, Dehradun
2. Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla
3. Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur
4. Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Bangalore
5. Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore
6. Arid Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur
7. Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat
8. Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi
9. Centre for Social Forestry and Eco-Rehabilitation, Allahabad
10. Centre for Resource Development, Chhindwara
11. Forest Research Centre, Hyderabad
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