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The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
મહારાજા સયાજીરાવ વિશ્વવિદ્યાલય
Motto सत्यं शिवं सुन्दरम (Sanskrit)
Motto in English Love of beauty, Goodness and Intellectual Curiosity
Established 1881 as Baroda College.30 April 1949 as University.
Type State
Chancellor Dr. Mrunalini Devi Puar
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Yogesh Singh
Students 37300 approx.
Undergraduates 28000
Postgraduates 2000
Location Vadodara, India
Campus Urban
Website msubaroda.ac.in

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (Gujarati: મહારાજા સયાજીરાવ વિશ્વવિદ્યાલય; MSU) is a university in the city of Vadodara, (Baroda) in Gujarat state, India. Originally known as the Baroda College of Science (established 1881), it became a university in 1949 after the independence of the country. It was later renamed after its benefactor Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the former ruler of Baroda State belonging the royal Gaekwad dynasty of the Marathas.

It is a teaching and residential university and the only university in Gujarat whose medium of instruction is English for all courses. India Today has ranked it at tenth place in their list of India's best universities.[1] while Hindustan Times has ranked it at sixth place.

History[edit]

The university has its origins in the Baroda College established in 1881 by Baroda State. The main building which houses the faculty of Arts was designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm (1840–1915) in Indo-Saracenic architecture style, in a fusion of Indian and Byzantine arches and domes in brick and polychromed stone. The main dome on the convocation hall was modeled after the great dome of the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur.[2]

Pratap Singh Gaekwad of Baroda (1908–1968) (the last Maharaja of the erstwhile Baroda State) founded the university in 1949 on the wishes of his grandfather, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III (1863–1939), and settled the "Sir Sayajirao Diamond Jubilee and Memorial Trust" which exists to date, catering to the education and other needs of the people of the former Baroda State.[3] It has its origins in the Baroda College of Science established in 1881.

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The full-blown lotus growing out of the lake symbolizes the emergence of mind and its triumph over matter. The flame rising from the centre of the lotus is the flame of human knowledge, spreading light and learning for the coming generations. The motto inscribed below defines the purpose and existence of life, which is love of beauty, goodness and intellectual curiosity.

Song[edit]

After hearing the university songs of the western universities, renowned theater personality Prof. C. C. Mehta (from then College of Indian music, Dance & Dramatics of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda) proposed Smt. Hansa Mehta (the then vice chancellor) to write the Maharaja Sayajirao University’s own song, which she approved later on. The song was composed by Prof. C. C. Mehta and the lyrics are in Gujarati, but it is traditionally written in the Devanagari script, as per the customs of the Baroda State.

अमे वडोदराना विद्यापीठनां सपना सारवनारा

अमे ज्योत जलावी सृष्टि नवली सहसा सर्जनहारा

अमे गगनकुसुम कर धरनारा

अमे मगन मगन थई फरनारा

अगनबाथ अमे भरनारा

अमे दैन्यतिमिर ने हरनारा

श्री सयाजी विद्यापीठना ज्ञानदीपने धरनारा

सत्यं शिवं सुन्दरम् नो मंत्र अनंतर भणनारा

Administration[edit]

Chancellor[edit]

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda is the only State University of Gujarat whose chancellor is not the governor of Gujarat. The chancellor is a member of the Royal family of Baroda.

Vice-chancellor[edit]

The vice-chancellor of the university is appointed for three years.

  • Smt. Hansa Mehta: 1949-1958
  • Dr. Jyotindra Mehta: 1958-1964
  • Dr. C. S. Patel: 1964-1970
  • Dr. N. K. Vakil: 1970-1974
  • Prof. P. J. Madan: 1981-1984
  • Lord Bhikhu Parekh: 1981-1984
  • Prof. M. N. Desai: 1985-1987
  • Prof. R. C. Patel: 1988-1990
  • Prof. V. C. Shah: 1990-1993
  • Prof. Suresh Dalal: 1993-1994
  • Ms. Padma Ramachandran: 1995-1998
  • Dr. Anil Kane: 1998-2001
  • Prof. K. C. Upadhyaya: 2002-2005
  • Dr. Manoj Soni: 2005-2008
  • Prof. Ramesh Goyal: 2008-2011
  • Prof. Yogesh Singh: 2011-incumbent

Faculty of Performing Arts[edit]

Faculty of Performing Arts building

Classical music[edit]

Maharaja Sayajirao Rao Gaekwad was a patron of Indian classical music. Ustad Moula Bux founded the Academy of Indian Music under the patronage of Sayajirao, on 26 February 1886. This academy later became the Music College and is now the Faculty of Performing Arts of MSU. Apart from Moula Bux, Sayajirao's Court boasted of artists like Ustad Hazrat Inayat Khan and legendary Agra Gharana Aftaab e Mousiqui (Sun of Music) Ustad Faiyyaz Khansaheb.

After educationist Pt. Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande's music curriculum was introduced at the college, Gayanacharya Pt. Madhusudan Joshi became the first recipient of a diploma in Music (1932) in the history of music education in India. He later on served the faculty as a guru for almost 42 years. Pt. Madhusudan Joshi (popularly known as Joshi master) was trained by Ustads like Ut. Faiyyaz Khan, Ut. Atta Hussain Khan of Agra gharana. Music director Late Padmabhushan Shrinivas Khale was his disciple and alumni of the Faculty of Performing Arts.

Dance[edit]

The MSU started the first dance programme in India in 1950.

In 1880 the Maharani Kanta Ben of Tanjore was married to Baroda's Maharaja Sayajirao III Gopalrao Gaekwad, a prince who established the Baroda College as one of his first public acts. It was later absorbed into the university that bears his name. Chimnabai I was knowledgeable in Bharatanatyam and carnatic music and brought a troupe with her: two dancers, two nattuvanars (leaders of Bharatanatyam concerts), and two teachers.[4] Others followed: Nattuvanar Appaswamy and his dancer wife Kantimati, who had studied with Kannusamy and Vadively, two members of the Tanjore Quartet. After Appaswamy's death in 1939, Kantimati and their son, Kubernath, left to teach in Lucknow and worked in film in South India until Maharaja Pratap Singhrao Gaekwad called the Tanjorkars family back to Baroda in 1949, to teach in the music department in the Palace Kalavan which was later absorbed into MSU.[5]

Faculty of Fine Arts[edit]

Main article: Faculty of Fine Arts

Faculty of Fine Arts at the university was founded in June 1950, today one of most known art schools in India and gave rise to the "Baroda school" of Indian art.

Faculty of Arts[edit]

Faculty of Arts Dome, designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm (1840–1915) in Indo-Saracenic style, modelled on Gol Gumbaz[2]

The Faculty of Arts building is known for its Gumbaz (The Dome), which is the second largest dome in Asia.[citation needed]

Departments[edit]

  • Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Arabic
  • Department of Canadian Studies
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of English (one of the oldest in Gujarat)
  • Department of French
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of German
  • Department of Gujarati
  • Department of Hindi
  • Department of History
  • Department of International Relation
  • Department of Library & Information Science
  • Department of Linguistics
  • Department of Marathi
  • Department of Persian
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Pali
  • Department of Prakrit
  • Department of Russian
  • Department of Sanskrit
  • Department of Sindhi
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Traditional Sanskrit Studies
  • Department of Urdu

Department of English[edit]

The Department of English library has reading and conference facilities. It has a collection of around 1,200 titles of poetry, fiction and drama, literary criticism and theory, and works on individual authors and texts. The richest sections are on literary criticism and theory, and fiction. The library receives gifts from the British Council, the USIS, and individuals including members of the department teaching staff. The library has borrowed books from the collection of Smt. Hansa Mehta library. http://www.msubaroda.ac.in/departmentinfo.php?ffac_code=1&fdept_code=4 The Department counts among its illustrious alumni Ambassador Sujan R.Chinoy (Indian Foreign Service), eminent Indian diplomat & China expert (India's Ambassador to Mexico & High Commissioner of India to Belize)[6] who did his B.A.(Eng.)(Hons.) at the MSU (1975–78).

Department of Economics[edit]

The Department of Economics in the Faculty of Arts has given birth to some of the finest economists of the country.

Dr. I.G. Patel, former director of the London School of Economics and later the governor of the Reserve Bank of India, was the first head of the Department of Economics. Professors I.S. Gulati, V.N. Kothari, K.N. Reddy, S.R. Hashim and M.M. Dadi belonged to this department.

The department has strength in finance, sustainable development, gender studies, environmental economics. The department has been supported by schemes and grants from the Department of Special Assistance, Center for Planning and Development, and Assistance for Strengthening Infrastructure in Social Sciences and Humanities.

The department runs a professional postgraduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Finance. The department has a library which is accessed by the post-graduate students. It has a computer lab for training and instruction.

Faculty of Journalism and Communication[edit]

The only media faculty to be recognised all over Gujarat. Once accredited as third at all-India level[citation needed] in March 2001 for its courses offered.

Faculty of Education and Psychology[edit]

The Department of Psychology offers four areas of study: Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Industrial Psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

For on-the-job experience postgraduate students are provided placement in corporate and service sector organizations, community guidance centers, mental hospitals, general hospitals, schools, clinics and counseling centers.

The department has community outreach programs, such as in the university counseling centre: MARG for counseling of students. The department organizes workshops and seminars. The department has undertaken teaching as well as research and guidance. A guidance and counseling centre catering to the needs of student and well community is attached to the department. The department offers three part-time postgraduate diplomas: Human Resource Development, Clinical and Community Psychology, and Applied Hypnosis.

Faculty of Law[edit]

The Faculty of Law has been a law institute in Gujarat since 1962. It offers courses like B.A.LL.B. (5 years) (Baroda School of Legal Studies), LLB (3 years), LLM (Business Law), LLM (Criminal Law), postgraduate Diploma in Taxation Practice, postgraduate Diploma in Labour Practice and a PhD programme.

The Faculty of Law has produced lawyers and judges of the Gujarat High Court.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Justice Kshitij Vyas, former Chief Justice, Bombay High Court
  • Justice Mohit Shah, Chief Justice, Bombay High Court
  • Justice A M Kapadia, former Judge, Gujarat High Court
  • Justice Jayant Patel, Judge, Gujarat High Court
  • Justice P B Majumdar, Judge, Bombay High Court
  • Justice Bela Trivedi, Judge, Rajasthan High Court
  • Justice Dhiren Mehta, former Judge, Gujarat High Court
  • Justice Akshay Mehta, former Judge, Gujarat High Court
  • Justice Nikhil Nandi, former Judge, Gujarat High Court

The faculty has produced Judicial Officers and other members of the Bar, serving at the Supreme Court of India, Gujarat High Court, other High Courts and Lower Courts.

Faculty has run a postgraduate CyberLaw course of one year duration and has produced Cyberlaw consultants from MSU from fields like Insurance, Personnel, Computer Science, Company Secretaries, and Doctors.

Faculty of Family and Community Science[edit]

The faculty is a girls college but boys can get admission. There are five majors in the Home Science faculty.

  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Clothing and Textile
  • Fashion Technology
  • Home Management
  • Home Economics
  • Extension and Communication

Students can do a BSc (home) degree as well as a postgraduate MSc In any of above majors they can do their graduation with General Home Science which cover all five majors.

Faculty of Management Studies[edit]

Popularly known as FMS Baroda, is inaugurated on July 16, 1984 as Sant Jagdish Institute of Management, The Faculty of Management by Shri B K Nehru (Governor of Gujarat) with a two-year full-time MBA course. Then it began a three-year MBA evening programs for working executives. The intake of students for MBA regular program is 40. It offers specialisation in Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Information Systems. The MBA program has been rated in India's top 30 MBA program by Business India 2000 ranking. It has its own library and computer lab. It offers PhDs in management for research scholars. Dean of the faculty is Prof. (Dr.) G C Maheshwari. Before him, it was headed by Prof. Mayank Dholakiya.

Faculty of Social Work[edit]

The faculty began on 15 March 1949.

Courses offered are Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM), postgraduate Diploma in IRPM; postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, postgraduate Diploma in Health Management and Interventions; postgraduate Diploma in Social Development and Organisation Management; postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Correctional Management and PhD in Social Work.

The student-to-faculty ratio is 1:8/10, a level mostly seen in the U.S., UK and other developed countries. The average class size is 40 students.

The faculty owes its origin to the first Vice-Chancellor of M.S. University, Smt. Hansa Mehta. The faculty made a modest beginning as the Baroda School of Social Work (in 1951, elevated to faculty status) in the White Pavilion building in Sayajibaug; they shortly moved to the seminar building of Baroda College and later to its present premises in 1960. The faculty had Dr. Perin Vakharia as the founder dean. Prof. Aruna Khasgiwala is the former Dean. The present Dean is Dr. MN Parmar.

Curricula[edit]

The faculty is one of the pioneering post-graduate institutions in social work education with a master's degree in Social Work (MSW) as its focal programme. From the early 1970s, a PhD programme in Social Work was instituted. In the mid-70s an evening post-graduate diploma in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management (IRPM) was added. The faculty has undertaken in-service training programmes for field practitioners, government employees, etc. In 1999, a two-year self-financed master's degree programme in Human Resource Management was launched.

Research-consultancy & Extension

All faculty members are engaged in research projects and in providing research guidance to master's and diploma level students. Three faculty members are recognised guides for doctoral studies. At present, four faculty members have submitted their PhD thesis; two faculty members and two outside PhD candidates are engaged in data collection.

The Faculty of Social Work is one of the five social work institutions in the country recognised by the university grants commission for award of departmental research support grant for a period of five years. The thrust areas under the UGC-DRS sponsored research projects are poverty alleviation and social development with emphasis on women, the girl child, SC/ST, elderly and child care. Today, there are five extension agencies, viz. Fatehgunj Samaj Kalyan Kendra, Child Guidance Clinic, Seva Sahyog, Adoption Resource Center, Childline, and NSS-TOC. These agencies employ minimal paid staff and are largely run by faculty members and students.

Infrastructure & learning resources

The faculty has a separate building and its own on-campus library. The library stocks over 12,000 books on social work, human resource management and allied subjects and subscribes to 25 journals.

M.S. University provides hostel accommodation to all its eligible students including those from Faculty of Social Work.

Computer Lab

A computer lab has 20 computers with Internet connections. Lab access is available to all students and staff with services of the system administrator.

Student support & progression

There is an alumni association and nearly 150 members live within Vadodara city. Professional alumni are invited as panel members during admission interviews every year. Alumni from within and outside the city guide field work students and extend support for job placement services organised by faculty members along with the Students Association.

To strengthen the contribution of alumni (and others in field work agencies) to Social Work Education, an Agency Day is organised.

Organization and Management

The Dean Co-ordinates all academic and administrative activities in the Faculty and is the highest decision making authority at the institution level. Significant issues are discussed in weekly staff meetings wherein ideas can be given by any member.

Healthy Practices

some of the mandatory but noncredit components of the teaching programme for the major courses run by the faculty are rural camp, study tour, seminar, extra mural lectures by visiting experts, student's association activities, and term-end review.

The faculty has sponsoring a corporate award for the best contribution to community by an industry. In collaboration with the Centre for Industrial Relations and Social Development, the faculty has instituted an award for the best Human Resource professional.

As a part of Golden Jubilee Celebrations, the faculty collaborated with the Centre for Industrial Relations and Social Development to organise Dr. S.R. Yardi and Prof. Indira Patel Memorial Public Lecture delivered by speakers of national eminence.

Awards and scholarships Post Metric Scholarships for SC, ST and SEBC students are available. Besides these Eklavya Awards for Excellence, Gold Medals for meritorious students and another awards are given to the students for performance in examinations.

Faculty of Technology and Engineering[edit]

Kala Bhavan

The faculty is one of the engineering schools in the state of Gujarat. It is housed in Kala Bhavan, the building was supposed to be a temporary palace of the Maharaja of Baroda while his palace was being constructed. Hence is it located exactly opposite to the Laxmi Vilas Palace. The Maharaja donated the palace to open the school of engineering.

Founded by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda as the Kalabhavan Technical Institute in 1890 the Faculty of Technology and Engineering is popularly known as Techo.

The Kala Bhavan started its activity in 1890 to produce skilled artisans and apprentices by imparting instruction in local language in the fields of Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering, Drawing and Printing, Architecture and Photo engraving, Textile Chemistry including Dyeing, Bleaching, Sizing & Printing, oil and Soap making.

With the assistance of German experts and foreign trained teachers under the stewardship of Principal T. K. Gajjar. Other courses on Textile Technology(weaving), Furniture making and Fine Arts were started later. Principal C. H. Vora consolidated these pioneering efforts into a Polytechnic by starting Diploma and Certificate courses in the above major disciples, with the additional staff, laboratories and buildings.

The Polytechnic status continued until 1949 when the Kalabhavan was converted into the Faculty of Technology and Engineering (with the establishment of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda), following donations by the Gaekwads for the university and the new building of the institute.

These developments resulting in the creation of 15 departments, a workshop, a library and several buildings, due to financial support mainly from UGC and aided by UNDP, USAID and government agencies and due to the efforts by the institute, deans and teachers. Faculty laboratories and departments received aid of $1,050,000 for development from the United Nations Development Program. The aid was given to develop infrastructure facilities in the area of Fracture mechanics, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Turbojet propulsion and Microprocessor Applications. In 1986 postgraduate courses on Fracture Mechanics, Irrigation Water Management, Turbojet Propulsion and Microprocessor Applications were introduced.

Under the USAID program, faculty received a grant of Rs.40 million from the Water Resources Department and Narmada Department of the government of Gujarat for development of undergraduate and postgraduate program of Irrigation Water Management in March 1991.

Under the Quality Improvement Program of Department of Electronics – now called Ministry of Information Technology, the Department of electrical Engineering and Department of Computer Science received electronic equipment, computers and software worth Rs.2 billion. The project was named as IMPACT project and was for the improvement of laboratory facilities for the undergraduate degree program. MIT later on partly supported the maintenance of equipments and computers under the sustainability support scheme.

Department of Science and Technology agreed to support to the tune of Rs.11.2 million to the Pharmacy Department under the MISSION REACH. This project is called TIFAC CORE—Center of Relevance and Excellence. Under this project, Industrial Partnership is expected. UGC, under the SAP Program granted DRS – Phase III and COSIST Program to Metallurgical Engineering Department and DRS – Phase I to Pharmacy Department. Pharmacy Department is likely to become QIP center for M.Pharm. and PhD under AICTE – QIP.

Department of Mechanical Engineering[edit]

The department was established in 1951, which make it one of oldest departments in this faculty.

Key areas for the department are

  • Mechanics
  • Thermal Design
  • Alternative Energy Sources
  • Unconventional Manufacturing Process
  • Turbo Machines and Fluid Power Engineering
  • Computer integrated manufacturing
  • Computer vision application in mechanical engineering
  • Computer aided automation
  • Computer aided design of machine elements as major thrust areas for further development

The department offers an advanced laboratory facility. Some of them are:

  • Advanced CAD/CAM Software (Pro-E, MDT, HTFS)
  • Enhanced Condenser Tube Test Rig
  • Electric Discharge Machining, Ultra Sonic Welding
  • Equipment used in Turbo Machines Laboratory, e.g. Supersonic Wind Tunnel, suction wind tunnel, etc.

Department of Chemical Engineering[edit]

The Chemical Engineering Department was established in 1963. It was started to meet the growing need for chemical engineers in Gujarat state.

Postgraduate courses namely ME (Petrochemical Engineering) and ME (Polymer Technology) were started in 1979 and 1981, respectively.

For research work, the department interacts with industries such as IPCL, GSFC, Deepak Nitrite Ltd., CSMRI, KRIBHCO, Lupin Laboratories, NCL, UOP, Cipla, ONGC, Birla Copper, Reliance, HTRI, Essar, IOC, BPCL, HPCL, TCS, INFOSYS, WIPRO, SATYAM COMP, and L&T. The department has undertaken sponsored/collaborative research projects in process development, biotechnology, reaction engineering, modeling and simulation, particularly for polymerization reactors/processes, polymer synthesis and characterization, development of polymer composites and their modifications.

Facilities[edit]

  • Bench Scale Fermentor
  • UV Spectrometer controlled by Microprocessor
  • Super Critical Extraction Screening System
  • Rotating Disc Contactor
  • Fluidized Bed Reactors
  • Mercury Porosimeter
  • Membrane Osmometer
  • BET Surface Analyzer
  • GLC with data station Biomicroscope
  • Reverse Osmosis System
  • Laboratory Autoclave
  • Pneumatic Conveyor
  • Ion Selective Electrode Analyzer
  • Gas Chromatograph (Chemito), (Dual Channel, FID)
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (Chemito)

The department has conducted ISTE winter/summer schools in Petrochemicals (1982), Biotechnology (1983) and Polymer Technology (1985).

The department in association with the Baroda Regional Center of India Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), organized the Indian Chemical Engineering Congress in 1988.

The department has conducted refresher/condensed courses in chemical engineering for organizations around Baroda.

The undergraduate and postgraduate students of the department have won awards in national level competitions like paper presentation, technical quiz, problem solving, debates, public speaking, GD's software development, etc. at institutions like IIT-Mumbai, Times of India, MSU Baroda, DDIT-Nadiad, NIT-Ahmedabad, SLIET-Bhatinda, Trivandrum, and Hyderabad.[7]

Department of Architecture[edit]

The department was established in 1949. It is housed in the heart of the campus and is served by studios, workshops, computer lab and library.

The focus of the undergraduate course is the teaching of architectural design through studio-based projects. The course includes a one-semester (14 weeks minimum) office training programme whereby students are exposed to learning on the field. The department has a full-time enrolment of 200 students. Students and staff are encouraged to participate in competitions, workshops and conferences. Teaching faculty have been invited to international conferences and meetings, granted fellowships and invited to teach at the international universities. Faculty members are involved in regular professional practice and with practicing professionals, who are visiting faculty at the department, provide a strong bridge between academics and the professions.

The Department of Architecture is a part of the Faculty of Technology and Engineering of MSU conducting the B.Arch. course since 1952.

Some faculty members are engaged in research and fieldwork activities. MSU permits the teachers to undertake consultancy works. Senior faculty members function as visiting professors, expert members of Boards of Studies and on Examination Panels of other institutions, in India and abroad.

Department of Applied Mathematics and Bioinformatics[edit]

The department offers courses like postgraduate Diploma in Compute Applications, M.Sc in Applied Mathematics with specialization in Industrial Mathematics, M.Sc. Bio-Informatics (self finance), postgraduate Diploma in Scientific Computing and Industrial Mathematics (self finance), postgraduate Diploma in Computer Applications (self finance) and Ph.D in Applied Mathematics.

M.Sc. bioinformatics course is a multi-disciplinary course started in 2008. The Applied Mathematics department collaborates with Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacy Departments to make the course inter-disciplinary.[8] M.Sc. and Ph.D. Applied Mathematics courses are run.

Facilities at Department of Applied Mathematics and Bioinformatics[9] has three computer labs with internet connections. Mathematica, Bio-suite 3.1, Accelrys Discovery Studio,PSQ: Protein Sequence Query program, IDAMS: UNESCO's Internationally Developed data Analysis and Management package.

Notable alumni[edit]

Faculty of Medicine[edit]

Includes:

Faculty of Commerce[edit]

Faculty of Commerce is the largest in the university, with over 18,000 students.

The faculty has been an institute of education in business studies since 1949. When it was established in 1942, it was known as the Maharaja Pratapsinh College of Commerce and Economics. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes leading to B.Com., M.Com. and PhD degrees. The faculty offers BBA and three postgraduate diplomas in Business Management, Banking and Co-operation. It has five departments:

  • Department of Accounting and Financial Management
  • Department of Banking and Business Finance
  • Department of Business Economics
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Commerce including Business Administration
  • Department of Co-operation and Rural Studies
  • Department of International Business

The faculty receives the services of colleagues from the following departments of other faculties:

  • Department of English, Faculty of Arts
  • Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science
  • Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science
  • Department of Law, Faculty of Law

Notable Alumni[edit]

Faculty of Science[edit]

Environmental Science Programme[edit]

Faculty of Science has two-year Masters and three-year honours programmes in environmental science. The number of seats are 40 at P.G. level and admission is based on written test held in June. Students having Bachelor of Science degree in Environment or any other branch with Chemistry as a subject are eligible for test. In the last semester, students are given industrial training. Presentation of seminars and discussions are regular features.

For graduation, students of Gujarat and other boards are eligible. Entrance test is conducted for 60 seats. The students undertake regular visits to industries, wildlife sanctuaries and other places for practical exposure. Six month industrial training helps them to learn the industrial working conditions, environment and safety related issues. Campus interviews are organized for better job positions. Students can get admission forms from university website.

Department of Computer Applications[edit]

This department is formally established in 2013. The department offers two programmes. Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) and M.Sc. in Software Technologies.

BCA is a three-year under graduate programme that is focused on developing software professionals. In BCA students are trained for desktop applications, web applications as well as Mobile applications using Microsoft, Java and Open Source platforms. The programming languages taught include C, C++, JAVA, C#, VB.net, etc. The students are trained to use web technologies including HTML, JavaScript, XML, JSP, ASP.net, PHP, AJAX, etc. The BCA curriculum gives detailed coverage to Software Engineering, Computer networking, Database technologies, mathematical skills, distributed computing, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, Communication skills and so on.

Students undertake a part-time project of three months in the fifth semester and a full-time four-month project in their final semester. Students are involved in international projects with universities like the Penn State University (USA) and East Carolina University. Centennial college.
Link for the official website of Computer Applications Department: http://ca.msubaroda.ac.in/

Department of Biochemistry[edit]

The Dr. K.G. Naik Department of Biochemistry was established in 1955, under the Chemistry Department, and was headed by Dr. C.V. Ramakrishnan (father of 2009 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Dr. Venkatraman (Venky) Ramakrishnan). The department has a Center for Nutritional Studies. The department was awarded an Excellent status in 2006 by FIST a Government of India accreditation agency. It imparts Masters Degree courses in Biochemistry & Medical Biotechnology with a force of around 50 research students.

The Biochemistry Department offers courses in enzymology, genetics, molecular biology, neuroscience, plant biochemistry, endocrinology, clinical biochemistry among others. The department conducts research in areas including acterial cooperation, polyketide synthase clusture, antibiotic resistance, Apoptosis, phosphate solubilisation, nitrogen fixation, probiotics, heavy metal toxicity, diabetes, prostate cancer, female infertility, endophytes, magnetoliposomes, protein folding, and vitiligo.

The department was funded under the DST-FIST I program under which new equipment has been purchased and infrastructure facilities strengthened. The department has received support from UGC-DRS, UGC-DSA and COSIST programs.

The department has a strong base in Microbial technology and the main focus of the program is on Genetics, Molecular Biology, Industrial Microbiology, Immunology and other areas allied to Microbiology and Biotechnology. Basic training is given in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Developmental Biology, Genetic Engineering, Biochemical Engineering and some aspects of Biophysics, Biostatistics, Environmental Biology.

The areas of research in which the department is engaged are:

  • Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Immunology, Biophysics

The Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology Centre[edit]

The department started in 1964. It offers an M.Sc. Microbiology course of duration two years and Ph. D in Microbiology. It started M.Sc. Biotechnology course (duration two years) in 1986. It also offers Post M.Sc Diploma in Genetic Engineering, Bioprocess Development and Intellectual Property Rights (duration one year). The department is active in research work. The broad areas of research in which the department is engaged are

  • Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Immunology
  • Biophysics
  • Forensic Science
  • Developmental Biology

The department has research laboratories. The Genome research Center (GRC) established in 1999 is one of the research laboratories of the department. GRC has international research collaboration with:

  • The Weizmann Institute of Science, partners under the International Centre for Cooperation in Bioinformatics, sponsored by UNESCO and supported by DBT, government of India and Indian industrial partners for activities at Baroda.
  • Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Honggerberg, Zurich (Bioprocess Development, Reactor design and bioprocess control and automation: Indo-Swiss Bilateral Collaboration in Biotechnology).
  • International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos and Du Pont R & D, Delaware (Molecular markers for mapping blast resistance, Rockefeller Foundation, USA.).
  • Tel Aviv University, Israel: Indo-Israel S & T Cooperation (Plant SUMO conjugates — its role in biotic stress).

The bioinformatics centre at the department was started in 1989 as a Distributed Information Sub Centre (Sub-DIC) under the Biotechnology Information System network (BTISnet) of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, government of India. The centre was upgraded to a Distributed Information Centre (DIC) in 2004.

The department is funded by DBT, DST-FIST, GSFC Science Foundation for development of laboratories and purchase of new equipments. The department has high-end equipment like Bioinformatics dedicated server, PCR, Nano-photometer, HPLC, GC, Electron microscope etc.

Oriental Institute[edit]

The institute was established in Baroda on 1 September 1927. It operated from the Central Library before it was shifted in a separate building near the palace.[13] It is known for the seven volumes of critical edition of Ramayana that it published between 1951 and 1975, a part of the a 25-year project sponsored by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The text was later the reference source for Ramayan, the popular TV series by Ramanand Sagar that originally ran in 1987–88.

One of the oldest manuscript preserved at the institute is Ayodhya Mahatmya, written by Harishankar in 1656 AD, part of the collection of over 10,000 manuscripts of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, who first conceptualised the institute in 1893, inspired by the opening of the Oriental Research Institute Mysore in 1891, established by then Maharaja of Mysore Chamaraja Wodeyar, and a close friend.[14]

The Oriental Institute organises seminar and conferences for research in Oriental studies. The recent seminar on "Research in Indian Languages and Literature" was organised on 22 January 2014. The tweet-feed and Facebook posting can be identified with #oimsurill - regarding this seminar.

University Library (Shrimati Hansa Mehta Library) http://hmlibrary.ac.in[edit]

The library was established on 1 May 1950. At the time of MSU's establishment, a collection of 5,12,159 books belonging to two state libraries (Huzur Political Office and Secretariat Library) was handed over to the University Library.

There were several colleges in Baroda – Baroda College (for Arts), Science Institute, Commerce College, and Secondary Teacher's Training College, etc. These colleges had libraries of their own that continued to remain as Faculty Libraries and were administered independently. Thus the University Library System was established on 5 January 1950 and housed in the central block of Old Residency Office Building. Status of library holdings are as following

  • Smt. Hansa Mehta Library: 512,159
  • Faculty of Law Library: 11,029
  • Sir Sayajirao Memorial Trust (SSMT) Library: 120,016 combined with H M Library
  • Prof. T. K. Gajjar Library, Faculty of Technology & Engineering: 112,670
  • Polytechnic Library, Polytechnic College: 43,346
  • Faculty of Fine Arts Library: 12,001
  • Faculty of Management Studies Library: 9,989
  • M K Amin Arts & Science College and College of Commerce, Padra Library: 15,792
  • Faculty of Performing Arts Library: 14,478
  • Faculty of Social Work Library: 15,349
  • Center for Advance Studies in Education (C. A. S. E.) Library: 20,492
  • Oriental Institute Library: 51,784
  • Water Resources Engineering & Management Institute’s (WREMI) Library: 2,258
  • Baroda Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya Library: 5,791
  • Department of Biochemistry Library (Faculty of Science): 789

The Library is having SOUL Software made by INFLIBNET.

Contact Details

NAME Dr.Mayank Trivedi(University Librarian)
ADDRESS Smt. Hansa Mehta Library
            The M S University of Baroda,
            Station Road, Vadodara - 390 002
PHONE +91-265-2780438, 2795338
FAX +91-265-2786328
EMAIL libmsu@gmail.com ( University Librarian )

Notable alumni[edit]

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Media related to Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda at Wikimedia Commons

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