The Government of India approved the creation of the Centre for Giaciology at WIHG. The primary mission of the Centre is to "Mount a coordinated research initiative on Himalayan glaciology to understand the factors controlling the effects of climate on glaciers in order to develop strategies for climate change adaptability for sustained growth of society". In addition, the Centre shall take up programmes of capacity building in this very specialized field, which will eventually nuture the independent Indian Institute of Glaciology.
The Centre for Himalayan Glaciology was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Prithviraj Chavan on July 4, 2009 in the benign presence of the Secretary, DST, Dr. T. Ramasami and Joint Secretary, Shri Sanjiv Nair.
The Centre also had the proud privilege of visits by the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Hon'ble Minister for Environment and Forest, Shri Jairam Ramesh. These visits have served as stimulant in furthering the pace of glaciology research by opening gates of collaboration with sister institutions.