Sardar Patel University was established by an Act of the Legislative Assembly of the then Bombay Province in December 1955 and was recognised under 2f of the UGC Act in October 1968. It is named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a political and social leader of India who played a major role in the country's struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation. The University Campus – the main campus as well as 3 satellite campuses – are situated in the heart of a rural countryside against a lush green pollution-free backdrop, offering all the amenities of modern life. Sardar Patel University comprises of 25 Postgraduate Departments, a constituent college, and 70 colleges affiliated to it. There are 14 PG Centres in the affiliated colleges/institutions.The University offers 40 graduate and post graduate courses, 20 diploma courses and 8 certificate courses in mainstream faculty disciplines. All the Postgraduate Departments are networked for VSAT-Internet connectivity, both for their academic and research purposes
Location - Sardar Patel University is situated in Vallabh Vidyanagar. Vallabh Vidyanagar is about 5 kms from Anand and 2 kms from Karamsad, the native place of Sardar Patel. The educational township of Vallabh Vidyanagar is close to the Milk City of India (Anand) in terms of its strategic geographical location. Anand is on Vadodara-Ahmedabad line of the Western Railway in the heart of Anand District of Gujarat.
Transportation - It is well connected with the rest of the country by railway network, and roads. It is flanked by two major cities of Gujarat: Sardar Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad and Vadodara Airport Vadodara.
The nearest railway station is Anand, which is about 5 kms from Vallabh Vidyanagar. From Anand Taxi, Auto-Rickshaw and Buses are available upto Vallabh Vidyanagar. The nearest airport is Vadodara Airport, which is about 40 kms from Vallabh Vidyanagar.
Besides their Airports, Ahmedabad and Vadodara also have railway junctions, and bus terminuses, and this makes it easy for a visitor to reach Anand, and from there on to Vallabh Vidyanagar.
The distance between Anand and Ahmedabad is 75 kms by road and 65 kms by rail-road, and the journey takes an hour and a half or two hours at the maximum. Similarly, the distance between Anand and Vadodara is 45 kms by road and 35 kms by rail-road, and the journey takes 45 minutes or an hour at the most.
The Express Highway between Ahmedabad and Vadodara has further reduced the time taken in travelling to slightly over an hour, and half an hour from Ahmedabad and Vadodara respectively.
N. V. Patel Department of Communication and Media Studies.
Library & Information Science.
Social Work (MSW).
M. B Patel College of Education (B. Ed.).
University Science and Instrumentation Centre.
Library - The University Library called Bhaikaka Library is housed in a very large and magnificent building having spacious reading rooms that can accommodate 700 readers at a time. Students making use of the Library shall abide by the rules of the Library, a copy of which can be had on request from the Librarian of the University.
Hostel - The University provides limited hostel accommodation to its students and operates four hostels exclusively for male students in addition to one women’s hostel.
University Health Centre - The University has its own Health Centre which takes care of the students and members as well as the families of the teaching and non-teaching staff. Students are advised to use the facility as and when necessary. The University Health Centre is open on all working days are between 9.00 am and 11.30 am and between 4.00 pm and 6.30 pm. University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau - The University has established a University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau in July 1965 and this has been housed in the University Men’s Old Hostel.
Vocational Guidance in choosing a course or career.
Individual information on course of studies, training facilities, scholarships etc.
Individual Counselling on personal problems related to their studies, financial difficulties etc.
Registers certain categories of candidates for employment assistance and provides employment information to all students.
Students are advised, in their own interest, to contact the Deputy Chief of the University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau. The timings on all working days are between 1.30 pm and 5.30 pm. It may be noted that besides Sundays and other public holidays, the Bureau remains closed on the 2nd and the 4th Saturday of each Month.
Awards - To encourage bright and talented students, the University has instituted many prizes, Gold Medals, Merit Certificates and citations. A "talent bank" of students is also in the process of being formed. The University has instituted research awards for teachers in postgraduate departments & colleges with the help of Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Bhaikaka Inter-University Smarak Kosha in various disciplines of Basic Sciences & Social Sciences.
Free Studentships - The total number of free-studentship available in each Department is 5% of the total strength of the Department. Free-studentship are awarded to Postgraduate students reading for the Master’s degree course, who are otherwise not eligible for the Economically Backward class Free studentship, or the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Class Scholarships. The State Government awards EBC free-studentships, and students are required to apply through the University in the prescribed form available from the Scholarship Section in the University Office.
Certificates in support of the application:
Certificate of income of the family from any of the following sources: First Class Magistrate/Mamlatdar/Surpanch, as the case may be, in the proforma given on page 40.
If the candidate or his/her guardian is an agriculturist, a copy of the extracts from village forms VII-XII in respect of landholdings in the guardian’s name.
Similarly, a student applying for a Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and other Backward Class Scholarship will have to furnish the following certificates:
Caste certificate from a Member of Parliament or Legislative Assembly, or Municipal Commissioner, or Member of the District Panchayat, or Gazette Officer, or Social Welfare Officer stating that he/she belongs to the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Class and is a citizen of India in a proforma given on page 38. This should also include income certificate as prescribed by the Government of Gujarat.
Income certificate for other Backward Class Students from Mamlatdar/Mahalkari, or Magistrate, as the case may be, in a proforma given on page 40.
U&I Interaction Cell - University-Industry Interaction Cell promotes co-operation amongst Faculty members of the University and the leaders of the Industry to achieve technical proficiency and excellence under the present scenario of global competition and challenges.
Co-Curricular Activities - The University periodically organises youth camps, students exchange programmes and National Integration Camps under the National Service Scheme (NSS) of the Government of India. Trekking expeditions, camp and auxiliary military training are offered to students under the National Cadet Corps (NCC) scheme of the Government of India. Inter-Collegiate and Inter-University Cultural Festival for Youth Campus Diversity Programme etc are also organised.
Museum - The University also houses a Museum at its Campus with a full-time Curator and Assistant Curator. The Museum has been able to collect rare collections of artefacts from various sources for display and study.
Publications - The University Operates a publications scheme with the help of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, whereby faculty members and researchers are provided opportunities to publish their monographs, research reports and Ph.D. thesis, etc.
It was accredited with the Four Star Status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.