Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University
|Motto||Sanskrit: पावका नः सरस्वती|
|Chancellor||Om Prakash Kohli|
|Location||Patan, Gujarat, India|
Coordinates: Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University is a public university in Patan, Gujarat, India. The geographical jurisdiction of the North Gujarat University encompasses four districts: Mehsana, Patan, Banaskantha and Sabarkantha. It is NACC 'A' accredited state university.
To cater to the cultural and education needs of the area, North Gujarat University was established by Ordinance No. 5 of 1986 dated 17 May 1986 which was later passed as the North Gujarat University Act No. 22 of 1986 on 11 September 1986 by Gujarat Legislative Assembly. The university has been functioning, growing, and expanding steadily since then.
Location and campus growth
This university was carved out of Gujarat University. On bifurcation, the North Gujarat University inherited no physical assets from its parent university.
Patan, a historical town in northern part of Gujarat, was officially designated as the headquarters of the university. The town happens to have composite campus of four affiliated colleges. The managing council of the colleges was kind enough to let the infant university rent its two hostel buildings to accommodate its offices. Thus the university began to operate and serve 41 colleges scattered over the three districts of Banaskantha, Mehsana and Sabarkantha.
With the two hostel buildings, the university rented Gandhi Memorial Hall to house its library. The aim was to start building a nucleus library for the future post-graduate departments.
The university simultaneously moved the state government to acquire land measuring about 185 acres (0.75 km2) from farmers. It also requested the state government to transfer its seed farm land measuring about 35 acres (140,000 m2) to the university. This entailed considerable delay owing to litigation in the State High Court and then in the Supreme Court.
Following the Supreme Court judgment, acquisition of the land has been possible. As a result, over the years the university has been able to get land as follows:
- Government land 35.00 acres (141,600 m2)
- Land acquired from farmers 177.50 acres (0.7183 km2). The university will, in due course, acquire land measuring 7.50 acres (30,400 m2) from one farmer.
The total land available is 212.50 acres (0.8600 km2).
In addition to this, the university has received a property worth Rs.10 lakhs donated by the Gramodhyog Mandal, Patan. The university employment bureau is housed in that building. Proposals to the state government for further assistance in materializing plans for more constructions, in phased manner, are under active consideration.
Departments and centres
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Life science
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Computer science
- Department of Commerce & Management
- Department of English
- Department of Sanskrit
- Department of Education
- Department of Physics
- Department of Library & Information Science
- Department of social Work
- Department of Journalism
- Centre for Indian Diaspora
- Centre for Cede
- Computer Centre