The state of Uttarakhand is carved out of Uttar Pradesh on Nov. 09, 2000. It is surrounded by U.P. on the south, Himachal Pradesh on the west, and international boundaries of Nepal on the east, China on the northeast. The total geographical area of the state is 53,483 sq.km which is 1.69% of total area of the country.
Uttarakhand was centre of education from the ancient time. It was believed that kauravas and Pandavas were trained by Guru Dronacharya in the foot hills of Himalaya thats why Dehradun is also known as Drona Nagari. India's best schools and training institutes are located in Uttarakhand. Education in the state of Uttarakhand has a sound background, right from the inception of the state. Department of education is running ahead and getting shape gradually.
In Uttarakhand Department of education has a unified structure covering basic education, secondary education,State council of education research and training, Uttarakhand board of school education and exams are working under the umbrella of Directorate of School Education . A project for universalisation of elementry education, SSA and literacy mission are running under Uttarakhand Sabhi ke Liye Shiksha Parisad. Department of Education has achieved various targets under and beyond the plan. The Directorate of School Education was established in Dehradun after creation of Uttarakhand, now its running at Nanoorkhera, Nalapani Road, P.O.- Tapovan, Dehradun.
School Education is the biggest department in Uttarakhand with round about 1 Lakh employees and a huge infrastructure.