Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya was founded on March 4, 1902 by Swami Shraddhanandaji with the sole aim to revive the ancient Indian Gurukula System of education, on the bank of Ganges at a distance of about 6 km. from Hardwar and about 200 km. from Delhi. This institution was established with the objective of providing an indigenous alternative to Lord Macaulay’s education policy by imparting education in the areas of vedic literature, Indian philosophy, Indian culture, modern sciences and research. It is a deemed to be university fully funded by UGC/Govt. of India.
Gurukula has witnessed many distinguished guests in its journey till date. To name a few of them are Mr. C.F. Andrews, Former Prime Minister of Britain, Mr. Remjy Mcdonald, Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr Radha Krishnan, Sh. Jamnalal Bajaj, Dr. Munje, Sadhu Vaswani, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Smt. Indira Gandhi and Sh. Gyani Jail Singh, Sh. L. K. Advani and recently in 2011 Smt. Meira Kumar, Speaker Lok Sabha visited the vishwavidyalaya.
To promote value-based system of education, inculcating love for Ancient Indian Culture, Vedic philosophy, Yoga and other disciplines from time to time on concurrence of UGC.
To impart and promote the education of Ved-Vedangas, Sanskrit language and literature with all its branches of Ancient Vedic as well along with other subjects/disciplines such as Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Management Studies, Medicine and others as may be decided from time to time on the approval of UGC and/or regulatory authorities as the case may be.
To promote equality of educational opportunities, irrespective of caste, creed and financial or social status according to the Ideals of Vedic Ancient Indian Culture.
To revive the Ashram life and the institution of Brahmacharya
To prepare students for their integrated development with a strong character devoted to nationalism to be good citizens for the service of the country and humanity and to that end to establish, maintain, control and to have suitable educational campuses.
To provide high quality teaching and research and for the advancement of knowledge and its dissemination through various research programmes undertaken in-house by a substantial number of full time faculty / research scholars (Ph.D’s and Post-Doctoral) in diverse disciplines as per guidelines of UGC from time to time.
To promote a synthesis between ancient Indian wisdom and modern knowledge of sciences.