Genesis of the University


Genesis of the University

  • 1942: Sardar Patel inspired Bhaikaka (Bhailalbhai Patel) to take up social services for development of rural India.
  • 1943: Bhaikaka joined Charotar Education Society as Chairman: the idea of establishing Rural University (Vidyapith) was conceived.
  •  August 1945: Charutar Vidya Mandal was established.
  •  September 1945: Charotar Grammoddhar Sahkari Mandal was established.
  •  Farmers contributed around 500 Acres of lands initially.
  •  Participation of farmers through a scheme of enlightened self-interest: 1/10 of the donated land was returned back to the farmers as a residential plot.
  • Shri Indulal Yagnik suggested the name of the township: Vallabh Vidyanagar.
  • March 1946: Bhaikaka & Bhikhabhai Patel started living in Vallabh Vidyanagar.
  • April 1947: Shri Viththalbhai Patel Science College inaugurated by Sardar Patel, and affiliated to Mumbai University.
  • The V. P. Science College started functioning with first lecture delivered by the then Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University Justice M. C. Chagla.
  • 1948: P.G. Programme in M.A. and M.Sc. started in V.P.College.
  • 14 June 1948: Birla Vishwakarma Mahavidyalaya (Engineering College)  inaugurated by Lord Mountbatten.
  • 1949: Colleges of Vidyanagar shifted  to Gujarat University.
  •  31 October 1955: Sardar Vallabhbhai Vidyapith established with Shri Bhaikaka as first Vice-Chancellor.
  •  After October 1968: The University changed  its name  to Sardar Patel University