Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad
Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad
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Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad

Established: 1920 Ahmedabad, Gujarat Phone: 079-40016207
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Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad


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    The Gujarat Vidyapith is a major university located in Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat in India. It was founded in 1920 by Mohandas Gandhi, the leader of the Indian independence movement. "Vidyapith", in many languages of India, means "University." The university was founded on October 18th, 1920 as the Rashtriya Vidyapith (National University) by Mohandas Gandhi, who would serve throughout his life as the Kula-pati, or chancellor. The purpose of its establishment was to promote educational institutions run by Indians for Indians and outside the financial and governing control of British authorities. The university helped Indian nationalists establish a system of education for all Indians, thus proving the country's independence from British-run institutions, and so de-legitimizing British Raj in India. The foundation of the university was one of the first most important events in the initiative of 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. Men like Jivatram Kripalani — soon to become a distinguished political leader — volunteered to teach. 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 need of villages dwellers in all curricula and
    * Use of mother-tongue as a medium of instructions.

    After India's independence, the Gujarat Vidyapith became a deemed university in 1963, and 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 colleges and institutions affiliated with the university are:

    * Hindi Teacher Training College, Ahmedabad
    * Mahadevbhai Desai Gramseva Mahavidyalaya, Radheja
    * Mahadevbhai Desai College, Sadara
    * Mahadevbhai Desai Sharirik Shikshan Mahavidyalaya (College of Physical Education), Sadara

    The university offers a wide range of degrees, including Ph.D programs and doctorate studies. It continues to emphasize social service, Gandhian studies and subjects associated with religion, human studies, culture and public service.

    [edit] Departments and centres

    * Tribal Research & Training Institute (TRTI)
    * Hindi Prachar Samiti (Hindi Bhavan)
    * Bharatiya Bhasha Sanskruti Kendra
    * Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Studies in Ahimsa (Peace Research Institute)
    * Department of Adult and Continuing Education & Extension Work including Population Education
    * State Resource Centre (SRC) for Adult & Continuing Education including Population Education
    * Gujarat Vidyapith Library (Gandhi Bhavan)
    * Publication Department
    * Rural Service Extension Centre
    * Krishi Vigyan Kendras (Agriculture Science Centre)
    * P. G. Centre for Studies in Rural Management at village Randheja
    * International Centre for Jain Studies at Ahmedabad campus
    * Centre for Bio-gas Research Education & Extension at Sadra
    * Instrumentation Centre at village Sadra (Level-I) and Mobile Vocational Training Centre
    * Late Jankidevi Bajaj Centre for Naturopathy, Sadra
    * Bio Gas Research Center, Sadra
    * Panchayati Raj Talim Kendra
    * Computer Science Department [Offering two fulltime cources - MCA(3 years) and PGDCA(1 year)]

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      The Central Library building structure is composite type (R.C.C. Frame and load building type). The height of more than five meters of each floor helps to maintain a cool interior and allow significant amount of natural light. Reading area has seating capacity for more than 350 individuals. The library is spread among three floors. Total area of library is 6670 sq. mtrs. Solar panel is installed on the top of library and that lightens a part of library. Library is managed by well qualified and technically trained staff.
      The library remains open 364 days a year, remaining closed only on the first day of the Vikram Samvat. The membership of the library is open to the public at a nominal fee. Its membership stood at 36,864 but in 2005-06 the total active members are 3006.
      Ahmedabad and two other campuses have running track of 400 mtr. There are different grounds for outdoor sports such as Volleyball, Basketball, Handball, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Badminton, and Netball. In addition, Vidyapith also has Gymnasium and Swimming pool. All these facilities are being utilised by students, staff and also by citizens.

      Gujarat Vidyapith have 4 Multipurpose Play Ground, 1 Tennis, 7 Volley Ball, 2 Basket Ball, 2 Hand Bal, 4 Kabaddi, 2 Kho-Kho, 3 Badminton and 1 Net Ball Courts for Indoor and Outdoor games. 2 400 meters Tracks and Fields, 2 Gymnasium and 2 Outdoor Stadium.
      Ahmedabad campus is facilitated with auditorium with 750 seating capacity. This hall has a unique construction technologies with earth cooling system. However, it should be remembered that this is NOT an alternative to air conditioning, it provides comfort level. This building is constructed with traditional lime mortar and bricks as load bearing structure. It is the first auditorium in Gujarat with natural earth cooling system. This hall is use for Seminars and as prayer hall.
      Good transportation facilities for its students, staff members and visiting guests.
      Community living is an integral part of Nai Talim, the education pedagogy that Gujarat Vidyapith has accepted and has been trying to propagate. Hence, hostel becomes an important component of student life. The accommodation facility at Gujarat Vidyapith has been modest and comfortab.

      Gujarat Vidyapith have 7 Boys Hostels and 3 Girls Hostels
      The University Health Centre is a Primary Health Centre, which provides basic medical and para-medical services to the staff and students of the University.

      The University Health Centre in its staff has Medical Officers, Honorary Consultants, Para Medical Staff, Clerk and Servants.

      The services covered are consultative, investigative, preventive and curative type. The Medical Check-up was offered to Teaching, non-teaching staff members and Students.Some specialists’ consulting services covered during the year.

      The associated services offered are domiciliary facilities, observation beds, and Physiotherapy services etc.

      More Details about Health Centre Contact : Medical Officer (O) 079-40016240
      24-hours internet access for all. Wi-Fi for all


      Gujarat Vidyapeeth
      Nr. Income Tax Office,
      Ashram Road,
      Ahmedabad - 380014

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