Gujarat University

Gujarat University

Navrangpura, Ahmedabad – 380 009, Gujarat, India.

Phone : +91-079-26301341, +91-079-26300342/43 Fax : +91-079-26302654

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(Established 23rd November, 1949)

                          Chancellor...................... :         Hon. The Governor of Gujarat, Shri Om Prakash Kohli

                          Vice-Chancellor............. :         Dr. Himanshu A. Pandya

                          Pro-Vice-Chancellor...... :         Vacant

                          Registrar........................ :         Dr. P. M. Patel (I/c)


An Overview



University Established

23rd November, 1949


University Head Quarter



Land-estate of the University

Acres 260

Brief History

          Established in 1949 under the Gujarat University Act, the Gujarat University is largest and oldest university of the Gujarat state.  The idea of setting up the university conceived in 1940s and the seed of inceptions was laid down by Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel under the chairmanship of Mr. G. B. Mavlankar in consultation with Mr. Kasaturbhai Lalbhai and Acharya Anand Shankar Dhruv. Gujarat University is affiliating university, having more than 350 affiliated colleges, 35 post graduate departments and more than 50 affiliated post graduate centres with diversified courses in faculties of 1. Arts, 2. Commerce 3. Science 4. Education 5. Law 6. Medical and 7. Dental.  The university spans over eight districts like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara, Panchamahal, Dahod, Mahisagar and two union territories.  Therefore, it covers a significant geographical area of the state and provides expressions to the educational aspiration of about 2 Crore Urban, Rural and Tribal communities of the region. Starting with the only university in the region during the erstwhile Bombay Province, at present almost all 10 universities of the state have evolved from Gujarat University.

           The glory of university is reflected in some of the eminent alumni like Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Shri Narendra Modi (Prime Minister, India), Dr. K. Kasturirangan (Former Chairman, ISRO), Dr. Ila Bhatt (SEVA), Justice Ahmedi (Former Chief Justice of India), Mr. Pankaj Patel (CEO, Zydus Cadila), Mr. Kharekwala (Wockhardt), Dr. Ravindra Dave (Former Chairman, UNESCO) and many others.As the paradigm shift in social political and economic policies took place from the early nineties, university has maintained pace with the changes by introducing and number of programmes in emerging inter-intra disciplinary areas with promising employment opportunities which geared the evolving needs of the society at large. Some of these programmes are:
Animation, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Technology, Biotechnology, Climate Change Impacts Management, Clinical Research, Food Science and  Nutrition, Forensic Science, Human Genetics, Infrastructure Management Services, Information Technology, Mobile Applications & Developmental Management, Maritime Management, Creative Science, Financial Services, Performing Arts, Networking and Communication, Web Technology, Communication & Journalism, PGDIFA, PGDFMI, PGDPM, PGDCSA, PGDACCP, PGDCR, etc. The academic capability and potential of the university is recognized by the globally reputed research organizations like PRL, ISRO, Plasma Research Institute, Entrepreneur Development Institute engaged in extended research activities of the university. The university has organized more than 200 seminar/symposium/workshop/conference/training course/conference/congress, etc. in collaboration with the state or central funding agencies. The university has a state of art Convention Centre with three exhibition halls to cater the needs of social/academic/industrial organizations to organize academic and industrial summits and conventions.

           There are about 40 ongoing major and minor research projects funded by UGC, DBT, DST, CSIR, SAC/ISRO, MoES, MHRD, GUJCOST, GSBTM, central and state government etc. in various teaching departments amounting to a total budget about Rs.700 lacs.  Three Departments are facilitated under DST-FIST programme and one department is recognized as a Centre for Excellence for research by Gujarat Council on Science and Technology (GUJCOST), Gandhinagar. Jan Shikshan Sansthan established before 35 years ago, provides extension social and entrepreneurship activities at community level. The Health Centre provides basic Medicare where professional specialists are invited on consultation basis. The university has introduced an innovative programme for NRI and foreign students as Study Abroad Programme (SAP) to facilitate international collaborative education. Rollwala Computer Centre has emerged with novel self-designed programme for confidential and smooth functioning of examination related work. Timely declaration of the results and prompt awarding of mark sheet is carried out. To address the grievances of the students, Student Information Centre is established. Women’s Development Cell and Anti-Raging Cell are also constituted as per UGC guidelines. The lush green campus of the university considered as the lungs of the city-Ahmedabad in the middle of the concrete establishments.The university faced several academic as well as administrative challenges during this journey but has been able to maintain standards of higher education and also has a perspective plan for institutional development as envisaged in the vision and mission statement of the university



Gujarat  University Emblem


              The emblem of the Gujarat University symbolically represents both the cultural heritage of Gujarat and the characteristics and aspirations of her people. The most prominent symbols are the dancing peacock and the sculptural architecture resting on two pillars and a lamp suspended from its centre. The dancing peacocks, besides representing its rider, Saraswati, the Goddess of learning in Indian Mythology, symbolizes Gujarat's love for arts and her dignified aesthetic taste. The architecture represents the most characteristic feature of Gujarat's sculpture and is eloquent of her rich heritage; while the two pillars symbolize the solid foundation on which the heritage rests. The lamp suspended from the centre of the architecture is a symbol of learning that dispels the darkness of ignorance and enlightens everything that it encompasses. The lightning at the top of the rectangle and the atomic circles below it symbolize at once the flash of genius and scientific progress and proclaim the avowed ambition of the University to build and maintain a balanced outlook towards Arts and Sciences as indeed towards the life in general.


                The motto ( i.e More work and intelligent work alone leads to efficiency and progress ) is a well-known quotation from the Bhagwad Geeta and enjoins the work of the teachers and the students of the University.


      Organisation & Management

      The Gujarat University derives its power and privileges from the Gujarat University Act 1949, of the State Legislative.

      The court (Senate) is the chief authority of the University. Subject to the provisions of the Act, the court makes statutes    setting forth in details the broad provisions of the Act, e.g., the composition of the statutory bodies, definition of their powers, mode of election etc.


      The Executive Council is the executive authority of the University and deals with matters such as prescribing conditions governing the various activities of the University.

      The Academic Council is in-charge of the academic affairs of the University and is responsible for the maintenance and standards of instructions, education and examinations subject to the provisions of the Act and statutes made under the Act.

      The authorities of the University are:

(1)     The Court
(2)     The Executive Council
(3)     The Academic Council
(4)     The faculties
(5)     The Board of University Teaching and Research
(6)     The Board of Studies
(7)     The Board of Extra-Mural Studies
(8)     The Board of Student Welfare
(9)     The Board for Hostel’s Management
(10)    The Academic Planning Board


      The University officers are:

(1)     The Chancellor
(2)     The Vice-Chancellor
(3)     The Ex-Vice Chancellors of the University residing in the State
(4)     The Pro-Vice Chancellor
(5)     The Registrar
(6)     The University Librarian
(7)     Director of Schools
(8)     Heads of the Departments

      The Vice-Chancellor heads the University. The working of the University is purely democratic as all the faculties as well as students are duly represented. Moreover, elections to the Senate are held every year. The principals of the colleges look after the college administration. Teachers of the colleges, departments and schools do not form a formal administrative structure but they are represented in the power bodies of the Universities such as Academic and Executive Council. The Registrar is the administrating head of the university. All the officers report to him. The details regarding the sections of the University administration are given in Appendix -20. The teaching, non-teaching staff £ have the right to represent their grievances and complaints through their unions. There are unions for teaching and non-teaching staff. There are four unions representing non-teaching staff of the university. The University also recognizes the association of Principal’s and non-teaching staff of affiliated colleges. Thus the University plays the role of a regulator and acts as a bridge among the stakeholders of education.


Objectives of the University


1)            To provide instruction including correspondence courses, teaching and training in such  branches of learning and courses of study as it may think fit, to make provision for research, advancement, and dissemination of knowledge, and to conduct special undergraduate courses for talented students;

2)            To make such provision as would enable affiliated colleges, recognized institutions and approved institution to undertake specialization of studies;

3)            To establish, maintain, take over by agreement and manage colleges, departments, centers and institutes of research or specialized studies;

4)            To organize common laboratories, libraries, museums and other equipment for teaching and research;      

5)            To establish within the University area or outside that area such field stations, specialized laboratories and other units for research and instructions as are necessary for the furtherance of its objects;

6)                   To create such teaching, administrative and such other posts as the University may deem necessary from time to time and to make appointments thereto;

7)                   To institute professorships, readerships, lectureships and other posts of teachers required by the University;

8)                   To appoint or recognize persons as professors, readers, or lecturers, or otherwise as teachers of the University;

9)                   To guide teaching and research work in colleges, University Departments, University centers and recognized institutions;

10)               To lay down the course of instruction for the various examinations;

11)               To institute degrees, diplomas and other academic titles and distinctions;

12)               To hold examinations or tests and confer degrees and diplomas on, and gant certificates to, persons who-

a)                   have purchased approved courses of study in the University ore in an affiliated college, unless exempted there from, in the manner prescribed by the Statutes. Ordinances, Regulations and Rules and have passed the examinations or tests prescribed by the University, or

b)                   have carried on research under conditions prescribed by the States, Ordinances, Regulations or Rules;            

13)               To confer honorary degrees or other academic distinctions in the manner laid down by Statutes;

14)               To grant such diplomas to, and to provide such lectures, instruction and training to, persons who are not enrolled students of the University, as may be determined by the Statues, Ordinances, Regulations and Rules;

15)               To withdraw or cancel any degree, diploma or certificate conferred or granted by University in the manner prescribed by Statues;

16)               To associate or admit educational institutions with or to the privileges of the University by way of affiliation, recognition or approval;

17)               To withdraw or modify either in whole or in part, affiliation, recognition or approval of educational institutions;

18)               To submit to the State Government proposals  for conferment of autonomy on any affiliated colleges or a University college, or a University Department or a recognized institution entitling it to privileges in the in the matters of admission of students, prescribing the courses of study, imparting instruction, teaching and training in the courses of study, the holding and conduct of examinations and the powers to make necessary rules for the purpose;

19)               To recommend to the State Government withdrawal of autonomy conferred on any affiliated college, recognized institution or a University College or Department;

20)               To inspect colleges, recognized institutions and approved institutions and to take measures to ensure that proper standards of instruction, teaching and training are maintained in them and that adequate library and laboratory provisions are made therein;

21)               To lay down and regulate the salary scales, allowances and other conditions of service of the members of the teaching, other academic and non-teaching staff of the University;

22)               To lay down and regulate the salary scales, allowance and other conditions of service of the members of the teaching, other academic and non-teaching staff in the affiliated colleges, and recognized and approved institutions;

23)               To provide for the establishment and recognition of Students' Unions or associations of teachers, academic staff or other employees of the University, affiliated colleges and recognized institutions;

24)               (a) To control and co-ordinate the activities of, and give financial aid to affiliated  colleges and recognized and approved institutions; and

(b) To regulate the fees to be paid b y the students in affiliated colleges, and recognized and approved institutions

25)               To hold and manage trusts and endowments;

26)               To Institute and award fellowships, traveling fellowships, scholarships, studentships, medals, prizes and other wards;

27)               To make special provision for the spread of University education among classes and communities which are educationally backward;

28)               To lay down courses of study to meet the requirements of rural planning, development and reconstruction and to provide for instruction, teaching and training in such courses;

29)               To make special provision for disseminating knowledge and promoting arts and culture;

30)               To fix, to demand and to receive or recover such fees and other charges as may  be prescribed by Ordinances;

31)               To establish, maintain and manage hostels;

32)               To recognize hostels not maintained by the University, to inspect such hostels and to withdraw recognition there from;

33)               To co-ordinate, supervise, regulate and control the residence, conduct and discipline of the students of the University and to make arrangements for promoting their health and general welfare;

34)               To take disciplinary action against the students of the University and to impose such punishments upon them as may be deemed fit for breach of discipline or misconduct, within or outside the University, including the use of unfair means at an examination or in relation thereto by themselves or b y any other persons or abetment thereof;

35)               To conduct, co-ordinate, supervise, regulate and control post-graduates teaching and research work in the University Departments, affiliated colleges and institutions recognized or approved b y the University;

36)               To co-ordinate, supervise, regulate and control the conduct of under graduate teaching and instruction in the affiliated colleges and to undertake the same in University colleges;

37)               To institute and manage --

a)                   Printing and Publication Department,

b)                   University Extension Boards,

c)                   Information Bureau, and

d)                   Employment Bureau;

38)               To make provision--

a)                   For continuing Education, Adult Education, Extra-mural teaching, Extension Services and other recognized educational activities;

b)                   For physical education, National Cadet Corps, National Service Scheme, National Sports Organization, military training and such other recognized activities,

c)                   For Students' Unions, and

d)                   For sports and athletic activities.

39)               To co-operative with any other universities, authorities or associations or any other public  or private bodies in such manner and for such purposes at the University may determine;

40)               To make arrangements for training for competitive examinations for recruitment of services under the Union and State Governments;

41)               To promote the development of the study of Gujarati and Hindi (in Devnagari script) and the use of Gujarati and Hindi (in Devanagari script) or both, as the media of instruction and examination;

42)               To acquire, hold, manage and dispose of any property movable and immovable, including trust or endowed property within or outside the University area, for the purposes or objects of the University and to invest any funds representing such property in such manner as the university thinks fit;

43)               To raise public loans and the security of  the assets of the University for the purposes of the University, with the previous approval of the State Government;

44)               To enter into any agreement for the incorporation in the University of any other institution and for taking over its rights, properties and liabilities and for any other purpose not repugnant to this Act;



Districts of Ahmedabad, Kaira (excluding the limits of Vallabh Vidyanagar in Anand Taluka and the area with a radius of 5 miles from the office of Sardar Patel University), Panchmahals, Sabarkantha, Banaskantha (excluding Abu Road Taluka which forms part of the State of Rajasthan), Baroda (excluding the area comprising the city of Baroda and territories within a radius of 10 miles from the office of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda), Mehsana and Kutch. The university has 250 affiliated colleges, 15 recognized institutions, . Enrolment at under graduate level for (2004-05) is 70,966 and at post graduate level is 36,505.


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