Dehradun Regional Centre of IGNOU was established in March 1999 to cater to the need of the people of the North-western UP. To begin with it had 6 study centers in its jurisdiction with total student strength of about 1,200. By 2008, the number of LSC's under the region reached 47 and was admitting about 10,000 students every year. In 2007, the parts of UP which were attached to this Regional Centre were bifurcated and attached to IGNOU Sub Regional Centre, Aligarh now the districts of Saharanpur, Muzzafarnagar and Bijnore are attached with Regional Centre Dehradun . Now we cater to the needs of higher education in the state of Uttarakhand as well as adjoining districts of UP only with the help of 47 learner support centres.
When the Regional Centre was established in March 1999, it was located at Ajabpur Kalan area of Dehradun. At present the Regional Centre is located at Tapovan, Raipur Road, Dehradun, which is a conveniently located place and is about 6 kms from the Railway Station and 10 kms from the Inter State Bus Terminus.