Gujarat University

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Gujarat University
ગુજરાત યુનિવર્સિટી
Motto योगः कर्मसु कौशलम्
Motto in English
Diligence leads to Excellence
Type Public
Established 23 November 1949
Chancellor Om Prakash Kohli
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Himanshu Pandya
Registrar (In-charge) Dr. Piyush Patel
Academic staff
205 (PG Departments) (2004–2005)[1]
Students 343528 (2013–2014)[1]
Undergraduates 300819 (2013–2014)[1]
Postgraduates 42709 (2013–2014)[1]
Location Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
23°2′10″N 72°32′47″E / 23.03611°N 72.54639°E / 23.03611; 72.54639Coordinates: 23°2′10″N 72°32′47″E / 23.03611°N 72.54639°E / 23.03611; 72.54639
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC

Gujarat University is a state university situated at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The university is an affiliating university at the under-graduate level and a teaching university at the postgraduate level. It is accredited B++ by NAAC.[2] The university's notable alumni includes prominent Indians such as Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, businessman Gautam Adani, Pranav Mistry, Ashis Nandy, Pankaj Patel, Pooja Gaur amongst others.


Many leaders like Jay Purohit, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Anandshankar Dhruv, Sanjaysinh Sisodiya, Gurpreetsingh Dang and Amritlal Hargovinddas recommended formation of the university in the 1920s, and the university was established soon after the independence of India.[3] Gujarat University was evolved out of Ahmedabad Education Society, a major educational organisation of Gujarat. [4][5]

Gujarat University was formed under the Gujarat University Act of the State Government in 1949 as a teaching and affiliating university. It was established under the recommendation of a committee headed by Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar for rearrangement of university education in Bombay state.[6]

It is an affiliating university at the under-graduate level and a teaching one at the post-graduate level. Close to three-hundred thousand students study at university in the courses, faculties and affiliated institutes. The university caters for external as well as enrolled students. Affiliates include over 350 colleges, 35 approved institutions and 20 recognised institutions.[7]


Gujarat University Tower Building

Organisation of the university is based on the Gujarat University Act, 1949.[8] The authorities of the university are:

  • Executive Council: governs activities at university
  • Academic Council: maintains and prescribes standards of instructions, education and examinations
  • Faculties
  • Board of University Teaching and Research
  • Board of Studies
  • Board of Extra-Mural Studies
  • Board of Student Welfare
  • Board for Hostel’s Management
  • Academic Planning Board

The university functions in a democratic way by Senate which is elected every year by faculties and students. Teachers of the colleges, departments and schools are represented in on the Academic and Executive Councils.

Office bearers of the university are:

  • The Chancellor (The Governor of Gujarat is the ex-officio Chancellor of the university)
  • The Vice-Chancellor, who is the academic and the executive head of the university
  • Former Vice-Chancellors of the University residing in the State
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor
  • Registrar, who is administrative head of the university
  • University Librarian
  • Directors of Schools
  • Heads of the Departments

The teaching and non-teaching staff are represented by their unions.

Campus and university jurisdiction[edit]

The Gujarat University clock tower in Ahmedabad

The campus of the university, located in the Navarangpura area of Ahmedabad, is spread over 260 acres (1.1 km2). Affiliated colleges and institutes are spread across the Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Kheda district (excluding the limits of Vallabh Vidyanagar in Anand Taluka and the area with a radius of 5 miles (8.0 km) from the office of Sardar Patel University).

In March 2012, the university started a campus radio service named GURU on 90.8 MHz, which was first kind of it in the state of Gujarat and fifth in India.[9]


Academic Departments[edit]

The schools and university departments are as follows:[6]

  • School of Commerce
  • School of Law
  • School of Languages
    • Department of English
    • Department of Gujarati
    • Department of Hindi
    • Department of Linguistics
    • Department of Urdu and Persian
    • Department of Pali, Prakrit & Apabhransha
    • Department of Sanskrit
  • School of Philosophy Education and Psychology
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of Psychology
  • School of Sciences
    • Department of climate change studies
    • Department of Botany
    • Applied Botany Centre(ABC) – Bioinformatics Centre and Climate Change and Impacts Management
    • Department of Biochemistry
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Environmental Science
    • Department of Forensic Science
    • Department of Computer Science
    • Department of Life Science
    • Department of Geography
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Statistics
    • Department of Physics, Space science and Electronics
    • Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology
    • Department of Zoology and Biomedical Technology
  • School of Social Sciences
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of History
    • Department of Labour Welfare
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Journalism
  • Department of Library and Information Science
  • Department of Physical Education
  • Department of Yogic Science
  • Department of Study Abroad Program
  • B. K. School of Business Management
  • K. S. School of Business Management
  • Centre for Development Communication
    • H.K. Professional Centre
  • Upasana School of Performing Arts
  • A D Shodhan I A S Training Centre
  • Department of Defence Studies
  • Department of Home Science

Administrative Departments[edit]

  • Gujarat University Administrative Office
  • Rollwala Computer Centre
  • Gujarat University Workshop
  • Department of Publication
  • Gujarat University Guest House

Student Welfare Departments[edit]

  • Gujarat University Library
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Reading Centre
  • Women’s Development Cell
  • Gujarat University Startup And Entrepreneurship Council
  • Gujarat University Health Centre
  • James Reaney Canadian Study Centre
  • Gujarat University Employment Bureau
  • Department of Youth Welfare
  • Gujarat University Boys Hostel
  • Gujarat University Girls Hostel
  • Sports Complex
  • Canteen
  • Internet Access Centre
  • Dr B R Ambedkar Chair
  • Gujarat University Central Consumer Co-Operative Stores Ltd
  • Jan Shikshan Sansthan
  • Open Air Theatre
  • NRS Hall
  • Gujarat University Convention and Exhibition Hall

UGC Centres[edit]

  • Academic Staff College
    • Department of Adult and Continuing Education and Extension works
    • Department of Educational Multimedia Research Centre
  • Information and Library Network Centre (INFLIBNET Centre)


  • Science


Doctoral courses[edit]

Gujarat University offers Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Medicine courses at doctoral level.[10]

Postgraduate courses[edit]

It is a teaching university at a postgraduate level. It offers postgraduate courses at their teaching departments and affiliated institutes:[11]

Undergraduate courses[edit]

It is an affiliation university at an undergraduate level. It offers undergraduate courses at teaching departments and affiliated colleges:[12]

Diploma courses[edit]

It offers undergraduate courses at teaching departments and affiliated colleges:[13]

Certificate courses[edit]

Following undergraduate courses at offered at teaching departments and affiliated colleges of university:[14]

Study abroad programmes[edit]

Gujarat University offers short term courses in subjects related to India and others for NRIs and foreign students:[15]

Study abroad programmes

  • Artistic/Cultural Identities of India
  • Indian Philosophy: Back To Future
  • Indian Poetics
  • Studies In Tribal Culture Of Gujarat
  • Yoga And Meditation
  • Contexts Of Indian Business Practices
  • Indian Rural Management Skills
  • International Policy
  • Indian Languages
  • Tele Education: Process, Implementation And Utility
  • Classical / Folk Dances Of India
  • Journalism And Public Relations
  • Ecology And Design
  • Tradition And Design Process In India
  • Environmental Challenges
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Port Management
  • Indian Cuisine

Courses for NRIs

  • Studies in Gandhian Philosophy
  • Artistic / Cultural Identities of India
  • Indian Philosophy: Back to Future
  • Indian Poetics
  • Studies in Tribal Culture of Gujarat
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Contexts of Indian Business Practices
  • Indian Rural Management Skills
  • Indian languages/ literature
  • Classical / folk dances and Festivals of India
  • Journalism and Public Relations
  • Indian Cuisine
  • Religions of India & Traditions
  • Indian Mythology
  • Ecology and Design
  • Tradition and Design Process in India
  • Environmental challenges
  • Indian Films
  • Indian Film Music
  • Art of Rangoli
  • Menhdi
  • Indian Literature
  • Home Stay in Indian Background

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "An Overview". Gujarat University. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "List Of Institutions Accredited By Naac (2nd And Subsequent Cycle) (On 24th September 2014) Universities" (PDF). Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Brief History". Gujarat University Official Website. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Gandhinagar: Building National Identity in Postcolonial India. 2004. p. 53. 
  5. ^ Mehta, Kapilray M. (3 May 2010). Ahmedabad, 1958. Gujarat Publishers, 1959. p. 233. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Kumar, compiled by Ameeta Gupta; Ashish (29 Oct 2008). Handbook of universities : includes universities, deemed universities, colleges, private universities and prominent educational and research institutions. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers & Distributors. p. 472. ISBN 8126906081. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Affiliated Colleges & Recognised Institutions Part (A) Affiliated Colleges" (PDF). Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Organization of Gujarat University". Gujarat University. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Ahmed, Syed Khalique (31 March 2012). "GU launches first campus FM radio station in state, fifth in country". The Indian Express. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Doctorate Courses". Gujarat University. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Post Graduate Courses". Gujarat University. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Bachelor Courses". Gujarat University. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Diploma Courses". Gujarat University. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Certificate courses". Gujarat University. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMME". Gujarat University. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "List of Public Companies Worldwide, Letter - Bloomberg - Bloomberg". Retrieved 13 April 2017. 

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