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GUJARAT Gujarat Vidyapith
Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad (Deemed University)

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Gujarat Vidyapith Official logo of Gujarat Vidyapith - Gujarat
Established in Year: 1963

Gujarat Vidyapith was founded by Mahatma Gandhi on 18th October, 1920. Gujarat Vidyapith is a deemed university since 1963. Gujarat Vidyapith is funded by the U. G. C. (University Grants Commission) for higher education programs. It was started as Rashtriya Vidyapith (National Institute of University Education) and was the wake of the Non-cooperative Movement. Mahatma Gandhi remained its life-long Kulpati (Chancellor). The Institute imparts higher education with an integrated system of education teaching from the Nursery to the Doctorate level. The main objective is to prepare workers of character, ability, culture and dedication for the conduct of movements connected with the regeneration of country in accordance with the ideals given by Mahatma Gandhi. The guiding principles on which the integrated system of education, from Nursery & Basic Schools to Higher Secondary and from Bachelors to Master, M. Phil. & Doctorate level degree in various disciplines, is evolved include:-

  • 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.

Accordingly, the education system of Gujarat Vidyapith include regular participation in community work, residential life, social service, community prayers, simple and self reliant living, study tours and field studies, Hand spinning and training in Craft Work. The program of education has been linked with the national needs of rural uplift with a view to promote education conductive to the grass - root levels of the society. The chief concern of the Gujarat Vidyapith is to conduct experiments in various fields of education with a view to develop the application of Gandhian thought and way in all aspects of education


  • The Principal objective of the Vidyapith shall be to prepare through education, workers with character, ability, culture and conscientiousness necessary for the conduct of the movements connected with the regeneration of the country in accordance with the ideals given by Mahatma Gandhi.

  • The teachers and trustees of the Vidyapith shall restrict themselves to those means only which are not inconsistent with truth and non-violence and shall consciously strive to carry them out.

  • The teachers and trustees of the Vidyapith, as also all the institutions connected with it, shall regard untouchability as a blot on Hinduism, and shall strive to the best of their ability for its removal, and shall not exclude a boy or a girl for reason of his or her untouchability nor shall give him or her discriminatory treatment having once accorded admission to him or her.

  • The teachers and trustees of all the institutions connected with the Vidyapith shall regard hand-spinning as an essential part of the national regeneration movement and shall therefore spin regularly, except for unavoidable reasons and shall habitually wear khadi.

  • The mother tongue shall have principal place in the Vidyapith and shall be medium of instruction for all education. Explanation : Language other than Gujarati may be taught by the direct method.

  • The teaching of Hindi-Hindustani shall be compulsory in the curricula of the Vidyapith. Note : The Hindi-Hindustani means the language commonly spoken by the masses of the North, both, Hindu and Musalman, written in the Devnagari or the Persian script.

  • Vocational Training (Audyogic Shikshan) shall receive the same importance as intellectual education and only such occupations as are conducive to the nation shall be taught.

  • As the growth of the nation depends not on its cities but its villages, the bulk of the funds of the Vidyapith and large number of teachers shall be primarily employed in the propagation of national education (Rasthraposhak) in villages.

  • In laying down the priorities of education, the needs of the village-dwellers shall have principal consideration.

  • There shall be complete tolerance of all established religions in all institutions connected with the Vidyapith. For the spiritual development of the pupils, knowledge of religion shall be imparted in consonance with truth and non-violence.

  • For the development of a healthy nation, physical exercise and training in manual work shall be made compulsory in all the institutions connected with the Vidyapith.


Gujarat Vidyapith was founded by Mahatma Gandhi on October 18, 1920 to liberate the Indian youths from the shackles of British colonial rule. As against the British colonial education system, propounded by Lord Macaulay, that produced human resources for the oppressive British Empire , Gandhi wanted his Vidyapith to prepare the youths for the task of national reconstruction and usher in 'Hind Swaraj', the India of his dream.

Gujarat Vidyapith was established as a national university without a government charter. Gandhiji was its life-long chancellor. Professor A T Gidwani was its founder vice-chancellor. Later, many more institutions, colleges and schools were affiliated to the Vidyapith. In 1923, the total number of students in these institutions stood at 30,000.

After Gandhiji, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Morarji Desai adorned the post of chancellor of the Vidyapith.

Until 1930, Vidyapith imparted graduation-level courses in languages such as Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Sanskrit, Persian, English as well as in History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Economics, Accountancy, Music, Political Science, Pharmacy, Archaeology and Indology.

The Vidyapith stopped functioning temporarily during the civil disobedience movements of 1930 and 1932 and the Quit India movement of 1942. The students and faculty members participated actively in the freedom struggle, many of them courting arrest.

The Vidyapith started functioning afresh from 1945 and in June 1947, the Mahadev Desai College of Social Work was established. The Government of India declared the Vidyapith as a deemed university in 1963.

Today, it is one of the national universities with a charter from the Government of India and seeks to promote Gandhiji's ideals of service-oriented education.

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  Subject Duration Entrance Eligibility
Light Music
6 months 12 th Standard
Computer Hardware
6 months 12 th Standard
Chhanda Shashtra
6 months -
Art and Craft
one year 12 th Stand
Diploma :
P.G D. in Instrumentation
one year Graduation
P.G.D. in Computer Hardware
one year Graduation
P.G.D in Yoga
one year Graduation
P.G.D in Audio-Video
one year Graduation
P. G. Diploma in Computer Applications
one year Graduation
P.G.D in Population and Development Education
one year Graduation
Graduation :
B.Ed (Maths, Science, English, Sanskrit, Gujarati, Home Science, Social Science, Primary Education)
One year Graduation
B.Ed (Hindi) NCTE Approved
One years Graduation
B.S.Sc (Hindi)
Three years 12 th Standard
B.S.Sc (History)
Three years 12 th Standard
B.S.Sc. (Gujarati)
Three years 12 th Standard
B.Sc. (Micro-biology)
Three years 12 th Standard (Science)
B.Sc. (Home Science)
Three years 12 th Standard
Bachelor in Physical and Health Education
Three years 12 th Standard
One year Graduation
Post-Graduation :
One year B.Ed
Two years B.P.Ed.
Two years Graduation
(Gujarati, Hindi, Translation, Rural Economics, History and Culture, Sociology, Gandhian Philosophy, Journalism and Mass Communication, Jain Study, Buddhist Philosophy.)
MCA (Master in Computer Application) AICTE Approved
Three years Graduation
Two years Graduation
Two years Graduation
M.Sc. (Micro-Bio)
Two years Graduation in Micro-Bio
M.Sc. (Home Science)
Two years Graduation in Home Science
M.R.M (Rural Management)
Two years Graduation in rural mgmt
Human Resources Management
Two years Graduation
One year and a two-year course leading to M.Phil is offered in the following subjects:
1. Education
2. Gujarati
3. Hindi
4. Rural Economics
5. History
6. Sociology
7. Social Work
8. Gandhian Philosophy
9. Jainism
10. Buddhism
11. Science and Non-violence
12. Journalism and Mass Communication
13. Library and Information Science
14. Archival Science
15. Computer Science
16. Micro Biology
17. Physical Education
18. Home Science
19. Rural Management
20. Population and Adult Education
21. Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution
Ph.D :
Research scholars can do Ph.D from the Vidyapith in any of the above subjects.

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

Vice-Chancellor :
Phone : 079-40016203
E-mail : vc (a) gujaratvidyapith.org

Registrar :
Phone : 079-40016207
E-mail : registrar (a) gujaratvidyapith.org
Fax : 079-27542547

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