Department of Horticulture was established in H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar with the approval of U.P. Government in 1982 with the objectives to impart education in the field of this discipline, to undertake research activities based on regional needs and to initiate Horticultural Extension Services to the rural masses. The Department runs Undergraduate, Postgraduate, as well as Doctoral degree programmes. The under graduate and post graduate course being run by the Department is a four years (8-semesters) course as B.Sc. Horticulture (Hons.) and two years (4-semesters) course as M.Sc. (Ag) Horticulture, respectively. The Department has also established a Horticultural Research Centre (HRC) for providing field facilities for practical training and research activities of students, Research Scholars and faculties of various aspects of horticulture.
The Department of Horticulture and Horticultural Research Centre (HRC) are situated in Chauras Campus, District Tehri Garhwal. It is about 2.5 km from Srinagar. It is spread over an area of about 5.0 hectares at an altitude of 540 m above MSL. The geographical and climatic conditions of the centre are best suited for the production, propagation and maintenance of nurseries of different horticultural crops. The research centre comprised of various section viz., orchard section, landscaping, observatory, vegetable section, high-tech horticulture, farm implements, ornamental section, hill wild fruits section, germplasm collection, medicinal & aromatic plants and block of minor fruits.
In terms of infrastructure facilities, the department has different well-equipped laboratories for conducting practical and research by students, Research Scholar and faculties. The different laboratories that are present in department are General Horticultural laboratories, Horticulture Extension and Communication laboratories, Post-Harvest Technology laboratories, Plant Protection laboratories, Micro-propagation laboratories, Apiculture & sericulture laboratories, Floral Biology laboratories, Genetics & Plant Breeding laboratories, Plant Physiology laboratories, Soil & Plant analysis laboratories, Farm Power & Machinery laboratories and Computer laboratories. The department has also a systematic library with the objective of supporting academic and research programmes of the students, Research Scholar and faculties. The library is easily accessible with sufficient text and reference books, news paper, periodicals, magazines and journals.