Kumaun University is a residential-college-affiliating university. It was founded in 1973 when two government colleges, the D.S.B. Government P.G.College in Nainital and the Almora Government P.G. College in Almora, merged. This was done under the U.P. State Universities Act of 1973, which Uttarakhand State has now adopted. By Government order No. E-1861/GS from March 14-15, 1994, these Constituent Colleges were changed to University Campuses.