Swami Ram Teerth Campus, Badshahi Thaul, Tehri, one of the three campuses of Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal Central University, is named after the great monk, philosopher, mathematician and poet of India, Swami Ram Teerthji (1873-1906). This institution is the premier institute of higher learning in the catchments area of Tehri Dam, the largest rock fill dam of Asia. It is located at a distance of 65 kilometres from Rishikesh on Rishikesh-Gangotri National Highway near the hilly town Chamba from where the Campus can be approached at a distance of 3 kilometres drive. Situated at the height of 5600 feet from the sea level, the University Campus is surrounded by the lush green trees of cedar, pines, oaks and rhododendrons. The Campus is spread in the total area of 25 Acres of land and engirdled with the middle Himalayan ranges. The eco friendly serene environment contributes immensely for the learning of the different branches of the knowledge, traditional as well as vocational in this campus.
This campus has played a cascading role in shaping the career and personality of innumerable students, many of whom have brought laurels to the campus, university, state, and country alike. Ever since its inception in 1969 as the first government degree college of Tehri district, this campus has gone through several phases of transition. It has undergone metamorphosis from an erstwhile government degree college to a constituent college and later on to a campus of Garhwal University and to its present day transformation as a central university campus since the year 2009. Initially the campus was established in old Tehri at the confluence of the rivers Bhagirathi and Bhilangana. Because of the construction of Tehri Hydroelectric Dam, the campus was shifted from the now submerged old Tehri Town to Badshahi Thaul in the year 2000. The land for present new campus was acquired by THDC India Ltd in lieu of the old campus submerged due to construction of Tehri Dam and its reservoir. The new campus has been constructed at the cost of Rs. 30 Crores in 1998 having construction area of about 30000 sq mts. The campus has been constructed with state of art technology having all infrastructural facilities i.e. Administrative Block, Library, Class Rooms, Laboratories, Hostels, Canteen and residences for faculty and staff members.
Different Schools, such as Sciences, Life Science, Earth Science, Social Science, Languages, Law, Commerce and Education have been continuously shaping the careers of the students. Not only the class room studies but also the activities outside related to the social services, sports, cultural and other co-curricular activities find the better performance with the ablest guidance and supervision of the 54 permanent faculty members and 41 part time teachers and 122 technical and non teaching staff of this Campus. Besides getting enrolment for the graduate and post graduate courses, a sizable number of students have been attracted for research works in the different area of specializations of the different subjects not only from nearby area, but also from the North East, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal. The boys’ hostel with all the facilities makes a comfortable stay for the students who come here from the faraway places.
The campus has a well-maintained library stocked with a good number of text books, reference books and journals. Students and faculty members have access to a reading room that remains open from 10 AM to 5 PM on all working days. This is WiFi enabled campus, providing free internet facility to students, teachers and researchers, for academic, research and recreational purposes.
Nearest Airport (Linked to Delhi) is Jollygrant (Dehradun) at a distance of 80 km from university campus. Rishikesh is nearest railway station at a distance of 65 km. However, Haridwar is more convenient (distance 90 km) as it is well connected to all major cities of India by rail. The university campus, Badshahi Thaul is well connected by road to all important stations of Garhwal Division like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Uttarkashi and other parts of the region. Frequent bus services as well as private taxies and jeeps are available from these places to Chamba and New Tehri. It takes about 3 hours to reach Badshhai Thaul by bus from Haridwar and Dehradun, and about 2 hours from Rishikesh.