Graphic Era (Deemed to be University) is the culmination of the hard work of its visionary founder, Prof. (Dr.) Kamal Ghanshala, who had the dream to change the destiny of thousands of youth through quality and holistic education. In 1993, he embarked on the mission to transform the higher education landscape of the Doon Valley with twenty-nine thousand rupees in his pocket and loads of determination in his heart. His vision gained concrete shape in 1996 in the form of the Graphic Era Institute of Technology (GEIT).
In 2008, the Institute was accorded the status of Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 vide Notification F.9-48/2007-U.3 (A) dated August 14, 2008 and approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. In 2015, Graphic Era University was accredited by NAAC with grade A. In July 2022, Graphic Era (Deemed to be University) was conferred All-India Rank 64 in the Engineering Category, All India Rank 65 in Management Category, and All India Rank 74 in the University Category in the MHRD NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework) Rankings and retained its position consecutively for the third year amongst top 100 universities of India.