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The vision of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, as envisaged in the University Act, is to contribute to the field of higher education in the region and enable its inclusive development in all walks of life by making available trained personnel in various branches of human knowledge, keeping in mind the larger goals of nation-building. The University is committed to maintaining high standards in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, promoting research and undertaking the requisite extension activities that would reach out to every section of society. 

In consonance with its motto, “Satyam Gyanam Anantam”, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University has endeavoured to be an institution of excellence in higher education since its existence, keeping in view the regional needs and the emerging trends in the global scenario. The University, awarded B++ by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council in 2004 and re-accredited 'B' with 2.82 CGPA in 2011, was originally established under the South Gujarat University Act, 1965 passed by the Gujarat State Legislative Assembly. It became functional from the academic year of 1966 and was incorporated as a University on 23 May, 1967. Recognized by the University Grants Commission in 1968, it was renamed as Veer Narmad South Gujarat University in 2004 after the great Gujarat poet Veer Narmad whose real name was Narmadshankar Lalshankar Dave. The mandate of the University is to meet the developmental needs of the seven districts and one Union Territory in the region and realize their potential in every walk of life ranging from technology, business, industry and commerce to language, culture, and fine arts. The basic objectives of the University as envisaged by the University Act are:

Undergraduate and Post-graduate teaching, maintaining their high standards, and award of degrees to the candidates successful in their respective examinations.
Promotion of research and extension activities relevant to the requirements of the region in accordance with the interests of nation building.

The University’s jurisdiction extends to the seven districts of Surat, Navasari, Valsad, Narmada, Dangs, Bharuch and Tapi and the Union Territory of Daman. The University has 79 Grant-in-aid Colleges, 146 Self-financed Colleges/institutions and 100 Post-graduate Teaching Centres attached to affiliated colleges. There are 22 Post Graduate Departments and Self Finance Programme on the University campus that offers various courses with multiple specializations, besides M.Phil and Ph.D. There are 24 Self Financed Programmes on the campus. The University offers 119 Graduate and 35 Post Graduate Programmes in all, including self-financed programmes. There are over one lakh students currently enrolled in various courses in the University.

A semi-urban University located on the outskirts of the Surat city, the University has a campus spread over 210 acres. Over 3000 students study on the campus. The University has faculties of Arts, Commerce, Science, Education, Management Studies, Rural Studies, Engineering and Technology, Medicine, Law and new constituted Computer Science, Homoeopathy and Architecture. In pursuance of its vision, the University offers an academic environment conducive for the all-round development of its students. All the departments emphasize interdisciplinary areas of study that can open up possibilities in new fields of research. Several major and minor research projects are underway in various departments. All the departments have their own computer laboratories and departmental libraries. The central library with over 1.72 lakh books subscribe to over 242 national and international journals and 6000 e-journals.

Placement cells in departments such as Department of Business and Industrial Management (DBIM), Computer Science, Economics, Human Resource Development help students in securing employment in leading companies. An extension of the State Government Employment Exchange also functions on the campus.

The University campus houses 80 buildings that include 6 Boys' Hostels and 5 Girls' Hostels, besides a Gymnasium, a Health Centre, an Indoor Stadium and residential quarters for its staff. With new facilities like Day Care Centre being added, the infrastructure of the University is being continuously augmented to serve its students and faculty effectively. The fitness centre, the basket ball court and playground with tracks add to the sports facilities available to students on the campus. Departments like Business and Industrial Management, Computer Science, Rural Studies, Research Methodology & HRD, Chemistry, M.Sc. (I. T) and Mass Communication and Journalism have their own independent buildings.

Quality sustenance and enhancement measures undertaken by the University during few years :

The University has come out with three independent academic journals in the areas of Management and Administration, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Technology.
Other academic enhancement measures like updating the syllabus of different programmes; organizing workshops, seminars, conferences; faculty development programmes have been strengthened.
The University has revised rules relating to the registration of candidates for the research programmes leading to M.Phil./Ph.D. degree. Presentation of research proposal for Ph.D. programme is mandatory before registration and open defense of Ph.D. thesis is also mandatory. All research students are undergoing the process of getting their proposal scrutinized before being allowed to register.
To encourage lecturers joining the University to undertake research, a scheme called “Seed Money for Research” has been introduced.
Additional Infrastructural facilities have been created in terms of Buildings, extension of existing buildings, new hostels for boys and girls, better sports facilities like modern Gymnasium, transport etc by the University.
Other infrastructure created by the University through public donations are Shri Bapalal Vaidya Botanical Research Centre, Kanjibhai Desai Bhavan, J. P. Dawer Institute of Information Science & Technology and G.H. Bhakta Management Academy, Prayer hall.
The Jain Tera Panth disciples have established a section in the library viz. “Acharya Mahapragya Corner” having a good collection of volumes on non-violence and spiritual values.
The Geeta Press Gorakhpur, disciples have established a section in the library viz. “Geeta Press Gorakhpur Corner” having a good collection of volumes on spiritual values.
“Dakshinayan”, a fortnightly newsletter, provides information about the University’s activities to the students and the general public.
Sport Academy, first of its kind in the state, and Cricket Stadium has been developed on the University campus through PPP.
Academy for Interior Designing and Fine Arts is being developed on the University campus through PPP.
Shri Morarji Desai Janma Shatabdi Pratishthan, Maroli dealing with training and development in Ayurved and Holistic medicine with a Hospital and other infrastructural facilities has donated the entire institution to this University for development of undergraduate and PG programmes in Holistic Medicine. The Off campus, located at the Village Ponsra in Maroli near Surat, comprising of about 15 acres of land with buildings, Hospital and Staff quarters will now be developed by the University.
Gujarati Bhasha Bhavan, Swami Vivekanand Kendra, Saraswati Shadhana Kendra are being developed through PPP.

    ♦           Following facilities have been added for the benefit of the student community:
    o          Pariksha Bhavan
    o          Day care and basic facilities for women centre.
    o          Environmental & Pharmaceutics Chemistry Department
    o          Full-fledged gymnasium.
    o          More number of hostels for Boys and Girls.
    o          Better Internet connectivity with increased number of nodes and bandwidth.
    o          Utility centre with Bank (with ATM), restaurants, stationery shops,
    o          Photo Copy Centre

    The U.G.C. has awarded SAP to Department of Chemistry, Bio-Sciences and Computer Science.
    Department of Computer Science has IBM Center of Excellence.
    Fifty One (50) affiliated colleges have been accredited by NAAC.
    MOU with Kagoshima University, Japan for Academic Exchange.
    Introduction of Online Admission System for B.Ed. and PG Admission.
    As part of the ongoing administrative reorganization, all the administrative departments/sections have been computerized.
    The UGC has awarded a “Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies” and “Women’s Study Center”.
    Introduction of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for  UG and PG programmes.
    The University has also launched a SMS service to provide speedy communication to different stakeholders, particularly the students and the faculty members who are with various affiliated colleges of the University.
    University has been Re-accredited by 'B' Grade with 2.82 CGPA by National Assessment and Accreditation Council in January 2011.

The University is committed to the ideal of excellence of the highest order, as evidenced by its constant revision of existing syllabi and continuous addition of new courses. It aims at optimal use of all its resources in creating a knowledge society, where rigorous scholarship and high ethical standards are blended to meet the challenges of the 21st century India.