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सा विद्या या विमुक्तये
|Established||18 October 1920|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof.(Dr.) Bharat Joshi|
|Registrar||Dr. Nikhil Bhatt|
Gujarat Vidyapeeth Nr. Income Tax Office, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad - 380009,
|Campus||Urban and Rural|
Gujarat Vidyapith is a deemed university in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. This institute was founded in 1920 by Mahatma Gandhi, India's "Father of the Nation" and the leader of the Indian independence movement. It has been deemed university since 1963.
"Vidyapith," in many languages of India, means university.
The university was founded on 18 October 1920 as a 'Rashtriya Vidyapith' ('National University') by Mahatma Gandhi, who would serve throughout his life as the kulpati (chancellor) and all needs of Fund collected by sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by his personal relations and capacity.
The Gujarat Vidyapith was started in Dahyabhai Mehta's bungalow behind the Kocharab Ashram (the Kocharab Aashram was started in barrister Jivanlal Desai's bungalow).
Its purpose was to promote educational institutions run by Indians for Indians outside the financial and governing control of British authorities. The university helped nationalists establish a system of education for all Indians, thus proving the country's independence from British-run institutions and de-legitimizing the British Raj. Its foundation was one of the important event of an initiative satyagraha launched by Gandhi as a means to peacefully terminate British rule in India.
The vidyapith's foundation was emulated by nationalists in Benares, Bombay, Calcutta, Nagpur, Madras and in many cities across India. Answering Gandhi's call to boycott British institutions, influences and goods, many thousands of students and teachers left British colleges to join the Vidyapith.
The Gujarat Vidyapith became a 'deemed university' in 1963. It is funded and governed by the University Grants Commission, under the Union Ministry for Human Resources Development in New Delhi. Although considerably modernized in its structure and curriculum, the university maintains its commitment to Gandhian ideals, human studies, social service and development work.
The institution officially embraced Gandhi's goals as its mission:
- Adherence to truth and non-violence
- Participation in productive work with a sense of dignity of labour
- Acceptance of equality of religions
- Priority for the needs of village dwellers in all curricula and
- Use of mother-tongue as a medium of instructions
Central facilities and administration
The university offers a wide range of degrees, including Ph.D. programs and doctoral studies. Institute's central library has grown over the years to become one of the richest repositories of books, journals and manuscripts in Gujarat. As of March 2022, central library has a collection of 5,93,533 books, 252 journals, 17 newspapers and 691 manuscripts. Institute has 7 boys hostels and 3 girls hostels. It continues to emphasize social service, Gandhian studies and subjects associated with religion and culture.
List of chancellors of Gujarat Vidyapith
The following have held the post of the Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith.
|No.||Name||Portrait||Term of office||Remarks|
|1||Mahatma Gandhi||18-10-1920||30-01-1948||27 years, 104 days|
|2||Vallabhbhai Patel||14-06-1948||15-12-1950||2 years, 184 days|
|3||Dr. Rajendra Prasad||14-03-1951||28-02-1963||11 years, 351 days|
|4||Morarji Desai||16-06-1963||10-04-1995||31 years, 298 days|
|5||Professor Ramlal Parikh||23-06-1996||21-11-1999||3 years, 151 days|
|6||Dr. Sushila Nayair||26-06-2000||03-01-2001||191 days|
|7||Shree Navinchandra Barot||26-06-2001||01-08-2002||1 year, 36 days|
|8||Shree Navalbhai Shah||04-10-2002||15-02-2003||134 days|
|9||Ravindra Varma||18-07-2003||09-10-2006||3 years, 83 days|
|10||Narayan Desai||23-07-2007||07-03-2015||7 years, 227 days|
|11||Shree Ela Ramesh Bhatt||07-03-2015||19-10-2022||7 years, 211 days|
- "Governor Acharya Devvrat accepts invitation, will be Gujarat Vidyapith's 12th Chancellor". The Indian Express. 12 October 2022. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
- "Welcome to Gujarat Vidyapith - Ahmedabad". www.gujaratvidyapith.org.
- "Chancellors of Gujarat Vidyapith". Gujarat Vidyapith. Retrieved 12 October 2022.