A city Documentary Film "Welcome To Ahmedabad". Exploring Ahmedabad, as never before

Institutional Tourism

Ahmedabad is proud of its scientific research, educational and philanthropic institutions. Because of its interantioally recognised educational institutions such as IIMA, NID, CEPT and NIRMA University, the city has emerged as an important educational hub. Students from different states of India as well as from abroad prefer to join these institutions. Even for high profile jobs, students of such institutions are in great demand. Let us have some information of the known institutions.

Gujarat Vidyapith - 1920

For imparting national education, Gandhiji established Gujarat Vidyapith on 18th October 1920 and became its first Vice Chancellor. It was inaugurated on 15th November, 1920 in the buildillg of Dahyabhai Ijatram Vakil, where 59 students registered.

The present building was constructed in 1925 with the donation of Rs. 2,50,000/- by Pranjivan Mehta. The workers and students of Vidyapith participated in the independence movement actively. They made arrangements for Dandi March. Vidyapith was closed by the British Government during the civil dis-obedience movement and Quit India Movement in 1942.

There are institutions for primary, secondary and Higher education. Vidyapith is active in spreading our national language for the last fifty years. It also renders its services in the field of the national programmes like Adult Education. A Training & Research Centre for the study of Adivasi Society and Culture is also run in Vidyapith. There are departments like International Jainism Study Centre, Ahimsa Research Foundation and Indian Languages & Culture Foundation. Thus Vidyapith is a big educational complex and it is a statutory university.

Gandhiji was its first Vice-chancellor After his demise, Vallabhbhai Patel, Rajendraprasad, Morarji Desai and Ramlal Parikh worked as Vice-chancellors.

Gujarat Vidyapith
Ashram Road, Ahmedabad-14.
Ph.: (079) 27540746
Fax: (079) 27542547

Gujarat University - 1949

The biggest and the most prominent university of Gujarat has now completed 60 years of its establishment. Initially, it was the biggest university of India covering the entire Gujarat under its jurisdiction. Celebraties like Gandhiji, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Acharya Anand Shanker Dhruv, Dada Saheb Mavlankar played vital role in its establishment. Later, Ahmedabad Education Society became active. Sheth Kasturbhai Lalbhai's vision was responsible for acquiring a vast area of land for it. Gujarat University came into existence on November 23,1949. Sir Harisiddhbhai Divetiya was its first Vice Chancellor. There were 21 affiliated colleges and 3 recognised instihltions under its jurisdiction.

Eventually, other faculties such as Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Law, Medical, Pharmacy and Dental as well as other specialized courses started in Gujarat University. With the pace of time, number of colleges increased greatly. Then universities like Saurashtra, South Gujarat and North Gujarat came into existence. At present 183 colleges of higher education, 12 recognised institutions and 24 other institutions are affiliated to Gujarat University. The university caters to the educational needs of about 2 lakh students.

Gujarat University
Navrangpura, Ahmedabad-9.
Ph.: (079) 2630 1919 - 26301341, 2630 0342
Fax: (079) 2636 2654 - 2630 6194

Nirma University - 1994

Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel, best known for his contribution to industrial development in the country, crystallized his long cherished dream of providing world-class facilities for professional education in Gujarat. He established Nirma Educational & Research Foundation (NERF) which, in turn, established six leading institutions within a span of ten years, on a 125 acre sprawling campus with - Institute of Technology, Management,Diploma studies, Pharmacy, Science and Law. The University is ranked among top 5 private universities.

The University has world-class infrastructure with amphitheatre class rooms, digital libraries, 24 hours internet access through 8 MBPs lease line and has also Wi-Fi connectivity and other facilities such as auditoriums, conference/seminar rooms, modem sports facilities etc.

The faculty resource of the university is very rich. The best academic input, interactive learning, problem solving experience and inspiring campus life that gives full opportunity for the students to bloom and be good professionals. The institutions under the university has an impeccable record of placing students in leading public and private sector undertakings.

Nirma university
S.G.Highway, Ahd-382481.
Ph.: (02717) 241900-04/241911-15
Fax: +91-2717-241916
Website: www.nirmauni.ac.in

CEPT University - 1994

A leading institute imparting education in design is CEPT(Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology), an autonomous institution registered in 1994. School of Architecture, School of Planning and School of Interior Design are run under it.

Infact, this institution was started by its founder director Balkrishna Doshi, a well known Architect in 1962. At present about 1000 students are registered in this centre for different courses. CEPT is contributing substantially in various development projects.

CEPT University
Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus,
University Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad-9.
Ph.: (079)26302470, Fax: +91 79 26102076
Website: www.cept.ac.in

PRL-Physical Research Laboratory - 1947

Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, a gem of Ahmedabad, started this scientific institute of world class in two rooms of his Bungalow in 1947. The buildiI1g of this institute is situated behind Gujarat University.

The institute took up the study and research of 'cosmic rays' and 'upper atmospheric rays'. it participate in international geophysical programmes in 1957-58 that brought international fame to it.

In the year 1976, courses on theoretical physics, space physics, plasma physics and nuclear physics were introduced. This institute has played a vital role in sending the first Indian Rocket into the space from Thumba in 1963.

Physical Research Laboratory
Navrangpura, Ahmedabad-9.
Cable: Research
Ph.: (079)26314000, Fax: +91-(079)26314900
E-mail: [email protected]

ATIRA-Ahmedabad Textile Industries Research Association - 1947

For the development of textile industry, an institution called ATIRA was established in 1947. It is the first instihltion of its kind in India. Seventy seven founder members collected the initial fund under the chairmanship of Sheth Kasturbhai Lalbhai. The foundation stone of ATIRA was laid by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. ATIRA received services and guidance of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai from the beginning. The research activity in the institution is developed as per the demand of textile industry in the country. As a result, the production capacity and quality of product is improvised. The member mills get the guidance from ATIRA about their problems.

P.O. Ambawadi Area, Ahmedabad-15.
Ph.:(079) 26307921/7922/7923
Website: www.atira-rnd-tex.org

BPA-Blind People's Association - 1950

The Blind People's Association is a prestigious institution of the city, which is continuously making efforts to bring light in the life of blind people since 1950. The entire credit goes to the founder of the institution, Jagdish Patel, who himself was a blind.

The chief aim of Blind People's Association is to provide services to the blind persons for their training, education and rehabilitation. Various kinds of trainings are under taken here. The physio-therapy course run here is perhaps the best of all courses.

This Blind People's Association has been giving surprise to the people by arranging state level cricket tournament for blinds since 1982.

Blind People's Association
Jagdish Patel Chowk, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad.
Ph.: 26304070,26305082
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.bpaindia.org

IIM-A - Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad -1961

Sheth Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Dr. Vikram Sarabhai established Indian Institute of Management in 1961 in collaboration with Gujarat State and Government of India. The State Government allotted 65 acres of land in Vastrapur area. The institute started functioning in academic collaboration with Harvard University, USA. Dr. Sarabhai was the first director of the institute.

The building of IIM is designed by a famous American architect, Louis Kahn. IIM Ahmedabad has earned reputation as top rated academic institution in management studies. The institution runs courses ranging from two years duration to five years' Doctorate level.

Companies from private and public sector as well as multinational companies offer jobs to the students of this institute with hefty package. There are about 10 management Institutes in India similar to IIM

Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad
Vastrapur, Ahmedabad-15.
Ph.: (079)26308357, Fax: (079)26306896

NID-National Institute of Design - Ahmedabad - 1961

The National Institute of Design was established With the co-operation of the ministry of industry, Government of India in 1961. The building and the campus of the institute is a symbol of culture. It was designed by Gautam Sarabhai and Giraben Sarabhai. It is considered to be a unique institute in the entire Asia in the field of design. Students from across the country seek admission in this institute.

National Institute of Design
Nr.Sardar Patel Bridge, Paldi, Ahmedabad-7.
Website: www.nid.edu

SEWA-Self Employed Women's Association - 1972

SEWA is a well known women's organization in the city which is engaged in the work of providing employment as well as procuring bank loans to 6,89,511 working women of India induding 5,35,674 working women of Gujarat. SEWA is not only an institution but also a mission, a movement with Gandhism. All the workers of SEWA wear Khadi Clothes. The institution is making efforts to raise the standard of living of the working women, so that they may not remain labourers for ever, but their social status may improve. The co-operative societies of their professions are also set up. The institution gets continuous co-operation of the founder of the institution Ila Bhutt. Various national leaders and personalities of international repute visit Ahmedabad to know about the activities of SEWA.

Opp. Victoria Garden, Ahmedabad-1.
Ph.: (079)2550644, Fax: (079)25506444

SAC-Space Application Center - 1973

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was brought under the jurisdiction of Space Commission and Department of Space (DOS). ISRO is playing a vital role in the programme and implementation of Space programme. Dr. Vikrambhai laid the foundtion of this.

Development and Educational Communication Unit (DECU) is engaged in preparing the outline of the programmes about the use of space, interpretation, planning and evaluation of socio-economic impact. Also, it creates the programmes pertaining to the subjects like development and education.

Space Applications Centre
ISRO, Satellite Rd, Ahmedabad.

CERC-Consumer Education and Research Centre - 1978

CERC is a unique institution working for the protection of the consumers' rights, which started in 1978. In 1986, the Consumers' Education and Research Society was organized on membership basis to create awareness about their rights and to fight for the difficulties and problems faced by the consumers. At present, there are more than seven thousand members across the country. CERC carries campaigns against the exploitation of the consumers as well as protects the rights of the small scale investors.

There is an autonomous laboratory in the organization for testing of quality and to evaluate thigns of daily use such as food, medicine, electical gadgets etc.

Consumer Education and Research Center
Suraksha Sankool, Thaltej, Ahmedabad.
Ph.: (079)27489945/46, 27438752/53/54
Fax: (079)27489947
Website: www.cercindia.org

MICA-Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad - 1991

Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad is an autonomous and non-profit management education institution, established in 1991. MICA conducts study programmes in communications, management and enterpreneurship.

MICA is a first residential institute in the country and leading in the Asia Pacific region. It complements the role that management education plays in modernizing communicatinos driven bussiness. The MICA brand assures the delivery of current, reliable and cost effective coummunication management skills. MICA's contemporary freshness of spirit is the characteristic of this institution. It has seventeen international collaborations for student exchange programmes.

Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad
Shela, Ahmedabad-58
Ph.: (02717)23794651, Fax: (02717)237945
E-mail:[email protected]
Website: www.micaindia.net

AMA-Ahmedabad Management Association - 1997

Ahmedabad Management Association is a reputed institute in the city. The building spread over 30,000 sq.feet land is a fine specimen of architecture. This institution of management studies offers diploma courses in functional programmes like interantional bussiness, financial management, Human resource management, corporate communication and quality management.

Ahmedabad Management Association
Dr.Vikram Sarabhai Marg, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad.
Ph.: (079)26308601, Fax: (079)26305692
Website: www.amaindia.org

Other Institutions

Mahipatram Roopram Ashram - 1892
Outside Raipur Gate, Ahd-22.
E-mail: [email protected]

Navjivan Press - 1919
Behind Gujarat Vidyapith,
Nr. Navjivan Post Office, Ahmedabad-14.

Majoor Mahajan Sangh - 1920
Textile Labour Association, Bhadra, Ahmedabad-1.
Ph.:(079)25506857, 25506158 Fax: 079-25507959

Jyotisangh - 1934
Pathar kuwa, Relief Rd, Ahd-1.

Vikas Gruh - 1937
Shardamandir Rd, Paldi, Ahmedabad-7.

Nashabandhi Mandal - 1960
Opp: Apana Bazzar, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad-1.
Ph.: (079)25510795, 25510796
Website: www.prohibition-exercise-gujaratgovt.in

Indian Red Cross Society - 1960
Red Cross Bhavan, Nr. Khadi Gramodyog
Board, Vadaj, Ashram Rd, Ahmedabad-13.
ph.:(079)27557055, 27557056
Website: www.redcrossgujarat.org

NIOH-National Institute of Occupational Health - 1966
Meghaninagar, Asarwa, Ahmedabad-16.

Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Centre
Opp. Gujarat University, Ahmedabad-9.
Ph.:(079)2630294,65242006, Fax: 079-26306497
Timings:9.30am to 1.00pm;2.00pm to 5.30pm
Closed on Monday.

CEE - Centre For Environment Education
Nehru Foundation for Development,Thaltej,Ahmedabad-54.
Ph.:(079)268544700, 26858002
Website: www.ceeindia.org

IPR - Institute of Plasma Research
Bhat Village, Via: Ahmedabad Airport,
Indira bridge, Ahmedabad-382428.Ph.:(079)26962050

Sardar Patel Institute of Economic & Social Research - 1969
Nr. Doordarshan Tower, Thaltej, Ahmedabad-54.
Ph.:26850598, 26951424, 226854631, Fax : 079-2685174
Website : www.spiesr.ac.in

MGLI - Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute - 1979
Drive-in-Rd, Ahmedabad-52.
Ph.:(079) 40013700/4001/3797/3798/3799, Fax: (079)40013755/27912617
Website: www.mgliindia.org

Sadvichar Parivar - 1979
Samarpan Vidhapith, Ramdev Nagar,
Shivanand Marg, Satellite Rd, Ahmedabad.
Ph.:(079)26860197, 26861055

EDI - Entrepreneurship Development Institute - 1983
Entrepreneurship, Bhat village,
Via Ahmedabad Airport, Indira Bridge,Ahmedabad- 382428.
Ph.:(079)2396169, Fax: (079)23969164
Web: www.ediindia.org.

ESI-Environmental Sanitation Institute - 1985
Nr. Narmada Main Canal, Ahd Sabarmati,
Gandhinagar Highway, Sughad-382424.
Ph.: (079)26276009, Fax : (079)23276127
Website: www.esi.org.in

Vishwa Gujarati Samaj - 1989
102, Mani-Prabhu Apt. Nr. C.P. Chamber,
Six Rds, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad-14.
Ph.:(079)26468542, 26440028

AWAG - Ahmedabad Women’s Action Group
Nr. Nishant Flats, Bhudarpura, Ahmedabad-15.
Ph.:(079) 26442466

Apang Manav Mandal
Opp: Kamla Kamdhenu Hall, Memnagar,
Drive-in–Road, Ahmedabad-52.
Ph.:(079)26302643, 26308156

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