Department of Gujarati


The Department of Gujarati started functioning as a new Post-Graduate Department from January 2013. The pressing demands of the South Gujarat area for an independent Gujarati Department got fulfilled after a lapse of more than four decades. Though the name of Veer Narmad, one of the visionaries and torch-bearers of Gujarati language, culture and literature, is justly attached to the name of the University, it was equally unjust to see the growth of the University without having a Department of Gujarati. Of late, due to the relentless efforts of our Honourable Vice-Chancellor Dr. Daxesh Thakar, a full-fledged independent Department of Gujarati was sanctioned by the Government of Gujarat.

At present, the Department offers M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in Gujarati language and  literature. In addition to this, the M.A. programme offers a variety of optional papers such as Folk Literature, Medieval Literature, Modern literature and Literary Criticism, Literary Journalism, Comparative Literature, Post-Colonial Literature, Tribal Literature, Minority and Dalit Literature and Linguistics, Literature and Aesthetics, Literature and other Arts, Literature and History, Literature and Culture, Literature & Psychology, Literature & Sociology, Literature & Narratology.

At M.Phil. Level, Dissertation Writing is prefixed by a compulsory Content Course in Research Methodology and Literary Criticism.
Research work is conducted in the Department at M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels in various worthwhile unexplored and noteworthy areas such as Inter-disciplinary Studies, Modern and Post-Modern Literature, Feminism, Partition, etc.

Presently, the strength of students in the P.G. Programme (Sem. I & III) is 79 students. 17 researchers have registered for their Ph.D. work under the able guidance of the faculty members of the Department. Moreover, the Department has been offering 2 Certificate Courses for the past four years – 1) Proof Reading and 2) Creative Writing.                                                                                                                                                              
The Department has taken an initiative to organize seminars and workshops on thrust areas of contemporary interest. The students are motivated to participate actively in self-skilled and self-learning innovative activities through exclusive seminars conducted for them on every Saturday.‘Padya Sabha’, ‘Gadya Sabha’, Audio-Visual Presentation of Literary Discourses and Films, etc., just to name a few.
The Department has planned to invite at least 20 guest speakers of National and International repute to enrich the experience of our students and teachers as well. Already 9 speakers have addressed the students and teachers in the Department this year.
The Department has established an excellent linkage with different Literary organizations and associations related to Gujarati Language and Literature such as Gujarat Sahitya Akademi, Gandhinagar, Kendriya Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, and Gujarati Sahitya Parishad, Ahmedabad and University Granth Nirman Board, Ahmedabad.  
Last but not the least, “Kanaiyalal Munshi Adhyayan Prakalp Chair” is committed to organize different seminars and publications to glorify and assess the contribution of K.M. Munshi, a Pioneer of Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan.
The depiction of Decayed Temples of Gujarat in Literature,Culture and History: an Examination of Facts and Evidences.
(With reference to Gujarati literature and culture from medieval period to modern)
Rs. 32 lakh + PF 1 DRS-I
Coordinator - Dr. Naresh Shukla
Co-Cordinator- Dr. Jashu Patel

The Department of Gujarati has been established with a vision to be recognized as an iconic model amongst the most innovative departments, not only in the state of Gujarat but also in the entire country.

The mission of the Department is to explore new vistas of sensibility and sensitivity with the help of the new knowledge of our learners acquired through multifarious ways of advanced learning and research. The department functions with a missionary zeal to transform its students into a true connoisseur of arts in general and literature and language in particular. Efforts are also made to guide them to become responsible, committed citizens of this country and above all good human beings.

Contact Us:
The Head of the Department : Dr. Sharifa Vijaliwala
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