Uttarakhand Science Education and Research Centre (USERC) is an autonomous organization, setup by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Uttarakhand in 2005. It was created with the mandate to bolster scientific temperament in Uttarakhand. To this end, it has been making intensive efforts to support education and Research as also to promote career prospects in the realms of Science and Technology.
USERC is dedicated to motivating and developing academicians and students by preparing students for research in science and technology, including computing. It works towards creating an enabling environment for this by providing quality training and research avenues to students, academicians, researchers and relevant exposure to people from industry. The Centre organizes lectures by outstanding scientists and technologists, brings together suitable people for brainstorming sessions and conducts various outreach programmes to reach out to the community across the state.
In addition to working at the ground level for enhancing awareness of and interest in science and technology, USERC has contributed to creating institutions with clearly defined objectives. Uttarakhand Centre on Climate Change (UCCC) and Centre of Excellence in Mathematical Sciences, setup in the Kumaun University campus, work in focussed scientific domains. Plans are afoot to create a holistic centre dedicated to promoting higher education in science and technology. USERC is also developing a synergetic network with many academic institutions located in the state and outside. Our scientists’ work has generated considerable interest among peers and has generated significant support for research activities from both state and national funding agencies.
Uttarakhand has a long tradition of learning and education. Faced with challenging terrain and inclement weather conditions, people of Uttarakhand have long applied their own conventional knowledge of science and co-existed harmoniously with nature. They have struck a balance between meeting their material needs and the ecological imperatives. Unfortunately, of late, ecological imperatives are being seen as hemming its developmental efforts; hence, this long-standing equilibrium is getting disturbed.