BRIEF PROFILE OF OUR UNIVERSITY
(NAAC Reaccreditated ‘ A ’ Grade with CGPA 3.16)
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, originally founded in 1881 as the ‘’Baroda College’’, is a premier unitary residential University, established on 30th April, 1949. It is the state University with English as its medium of instruction, having 13 Faculties, 3 Constituent Colleges, 2 Institutions and 8 Centers of Specialized Studies, wherein more than 37,295 students pursue higher studies, under the care and supervision of 1112 teaching (662 Permanent) and 1190 permanent supporting staff members. It houses 89 departments spread over 6 campuses (2 rural and 4 urban) covering 275 acres of land including a built up area of 418500 sq. mt. There are 16 hostels (12 Boys & 4 Girls) which accommodates about 4103 students. There are 475 residential quarters too for teaching and non-teaching staff.
The University offers a wide range of courses, giving opportunity for education from early childhood to Ph.D. The pre-nursery school ‘Chetan Balwadi’ is a part of the Faculty of Family and Community Sciences and the Experimental School, imparting education from Std. I to XII, is monitored by the Faculty of Education & Psychology. Applied Science subjects, like Applied Mathematics, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics are separate departments under the Faculty of Technology & Engineering, having interactive progressive collaborations with the Faculty of Science.
It is one of the few Universities in the country offering research opportunities in the Ancient Indian Traditions of India at the Baroda Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya and Indian Classical Vocal and Instrumental Music, Bharatnatyam and Kathak Dances at the Faculty of Performing Arts; Painting, Sculpture and Art History in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Preservation of Ancient India Literature and Vedic Traditions at the Oriental Institute, and an extraordinary collection of excavations, including relics of Lord Buddha at Department of Archaeology and rare collections like Dinosaurs egg, rock, etc. are some of the salient features. The University also offers courses in emerging areas, like Nanotechnology, Petroleum Geology, Medical Biotechnology, Bio Informatics, Disaster Management, Embedded Systems, Packaging Engineering Welding Technology has expertise in the latest technological innovations such as Centre for Biotechnology, Genome Research Centre, Bio-informatics network, Centre for Microbial Genomics and the latest, the Centre for Molecular Genetics.
The University offers 98 PG courses, 66 Ph.D programmes, 39 PG Diploma courses and 88 UG courses with an option from 347 programmes in 92 subjects. It also offers 11 certificate programmes and 3 post diploma certificate programme. As many as 205 students are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programme, out of which 33% of the students are from outside Gujarat State.
In the recent times, the university’s academic leadership has vigorously pursued initiatives for research, teaching, training, capacity development and consultancy in thrust areas of significant importance for economic, scientific, social or intellectual development by starting several new Institutes and Centers’ of Learning. Institute of Policy Research and International Studies, Maharaja Ranjitsinh Gaekwad Institute of Design, Institute of Fashion Technology, Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Centre for Industrial Mathematics, Centre for Excellence in Polymers.
University teachers publish a large number of research papers (over 500 per year) and many of the publications have high citation index. The ‘h-index’ of 26 scientists is above 10. Some of the teachers have filed patents (18 patents in last 5 years). On an average over 500 teachers participate every year in various Conferences/Seminars/Symposia out of which over 300 teachers are invited to deliver talks/chair sessions. The all time h-index of the University is 51 and the same for last 10 years is 40.
The University has 3 units of NCC with an enrolment of 420 male students and 223 female students. In NSS there are 577 male and 443 female students.
Smt. Hansa Mehta Library is the Central Library. In addition to 14 constituent libraries and over 25 departmental libraries with over 8 Lakh books/periodicals and above 1300 dissertations/thesis, 25 computers and 75 nodes are exclusively marked for surfing. It has a single largest reading room within its 80,025 sq. ft. built up area, which can accommodate about 1100 readers at a time and the library is open to readers 14 hours a day. In the year 2012-13 the University Library is ranked 17th amongst 200+ universities in the country in using E-Resources with 2,42,459 downloads from 5,000 online journal titles accessed from the University Library and MSU campus. University Library is recognized as Document Delivery Centre and was ranked 26th in terms of quality and quantity of collection with 21 other Universities of the country. Smt. Hansa Mehta Library is also under the project “SHODHGANGA” by INFLIBNET and ranked 24th in the year 2012.