About the University
Nirma University was established by the initiative of Nirma Education and Research Foundation (NERF). The renowned industrialist and philanthropist Dr Karsanbhai K. Patel, the founder of Nirma Group of Industries, established the NERF in 1994. With the help of the foundation, the Institute of Technology and Institute of Management were initiated in 1995 and 1996 respectively. The University was established in the year 2003 and is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2 (f) of the UGC Act. The University is duly accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Following this, the Foundation built the Institute of Pharmacy in 2003 and Institute of Science in 2004 and in the year 2007, the Institute of Law was started which expanded the range of degrees provided by them.
Nirma University displays a great sense of pride with regard to the Research activities its students and faculty members have accomplished. Around 104 papers in international journals, 41 in national journals and 14 books in 2012 and 154 papers in international journals, 38 in national journals and 9 books in 2013 have been published. All of the institutes under the University encourage the students and faculty members to conduct research. They have conducted research for a variety of research organizations and have recevied funding from the state government and various other organizations. To further their research culture, the University has signed MoUs with ISRO, Physical Research Laboratories, Institute for Plasma Research and B.V. Patel Pharmaceutical Education & Research Development (PERD) Centre. While these organizations provide Nirma University with a host of projects, the research students and faculty members sometimes work on their own or with other researchers from these organizations to complete various projects.
The University has created a Research center within the Institute of Technology Campus where students and faculty members can utilize the state of the art equipments to complete their research projects in a variety of fields ranging from Biotechnology, toxicology and others. All the equipments which are necessary to perform modern experiments have been upgraded in all the labs at the same institute.
In order to help the students and faculty members fulfill their Entrepreneurship dreams, Nirma University built Nirma Labs – an incubation center. The center has helped more than 10 students start their own ventures. Further keeping in mind the rising entrepreneurship needs, a compulsory subject on Entrepreneurship was introduced in all courses. The University is currently building a Center for Entrepreneurship where students will be given coaching on how to start their own enterprise by 20 faculty members who have experience in Entrepreneurship. As the University felt a need to start a course which would exclusively deal with Entrepreneurship, an MBA in Family Business and Entrepreneurship was started under the Institute of Management.
The infrastructure in form of auditoriums, seminar rooms, class rooms, computer laboratories, library, hostels, canteens and others facilitate teaching-learning processes that facilitate students, faculty, corporate visitors, foreigners and parents.
Dwelling on new digital initiatives the Central Library Resource Center caters to the academic interests of the student and faculty community at the University. Each of the six institutes has a full-fledged Library Resource Centre. The Libraries are well stocked with over 101142 books, 13 online Journal Packages, 13 Online Databases, 12 offline databases, 662 print periodicals and more than 11884 online journals. An automated set-up with user-friendly portal providing a single point access to e-resources, the Libraries have a rich collection on various subjects like management, business, technology, pharmacy, sciences, law and others. The central computer facilities consists of 27 servers & 1200 plus systems along with software for various engineering applications such as Pro-Eng., STAAD Pro, ANSYS, MASTERCAM, MATLAB, HYSIS and others.
The University campus boasts of two massive hostel buildings catering to the post graduate students’ residential needs. For day scholars the University operates a fleet of buses that ply from all corners of the city. The outdoor sports facilities provided to the students include cricket, basketball, football and others.
Nirma University currently employs more than 400 faculty members. The faculty members are encouraged to conduct research activities and many projects have been funded by various government funding agencies. In addition the University also provides the funding for conducting research at the institutes. Each faculty is given professional development allowance from which he can buy books or small gadgets required for the research activities and therefore do not have to ask the University for the same. As the University understands the importance of research, it organizes a host of research seminars and hold faculty development programmes for the faculty members. Some of the faculty members are even given opportunities to go and attend international seminars if the University deems them worthy. Scholars from Universities abroad are also invited by Nirma University for one to two weeks to provide for various purposes such as teaching a subject, taking part in research activities and others.
At Nirma University, 70 percent of the students take part in placements and all of them are able to get placed with some of the biggest companies such as Wipro, Infosys, TCS, Cognizant, Accenture, Caterpillar India Pvt. Ltd and others. The remaining 30 percent of students who do not take part in placements pursue their future studies or PhDs in India or abroad.
Dr. Anup K. Singh, Director General
He is currently the Director General of Nirma University. Prior to this post, Dr. Anup was the Director at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida. He says, "Universities should be able to provide students with skills sets which are on Global Standards so that he/she can compete with his/her global counterpart." He believes that the government should provide grants to the various Universities that are ready to pursue projects in Research and Innovation.