Gujarat University was carved out of Gujarat University whose Headquarter
is at Ahmedabad. On bifurcation, the North Gujarat University inherited no
physical assets from its parent University. It had, therefore, to start
its existence ab-initio so far as its local habitation was concerned.
PATAN, a historical town in northern part of Gujarat, was officially
designated as the Head-Quarter town of the University. The town happens to
have composite campus of four affiliated colleges. The managing council of
the colleges was kind enough to put at the disposal of the infant
University its two hostel buildings on rent to accommodate its offices.
Thus began the University to operate and serve 41 colleges scattered over
the three erstwhile districts of Banaskantha, Mehsana and Sabarkantha
allotted in its jurisdiction. Along with the two hostel buildings the
University rented a hall, called the Gandhi Memorial hall, to house its
library. The aim was to start building up a nucleus library for the future
post-graduate departments of the university. This was an act of foresight
of the first functionaries of the University. The University
simultaneously moved the State Government to acquire land admeasuring
about 185 acres from farmers. It also requested the State Government to
transfer its seed farm land admeasuring about 35 acres to the University.
However, this entailed considerable delay owing to litigation in the State
High Court and then in the Supreme court. Following the supreme court
judgment acquisition of the land has been possible. As a result over the
years the university has been able to get land as follows. Government land
35.00 acres Land acquired from the farmers 177.50 acres.The university
will in due course acquire land admeasuring 7.50 acres from one farmer.
Total land available = 212.50 acres. In addition to this the University
has also received a property worth Rs.10/- lakhs by way of donation from
the Gramodhyog Mandal, Patan. At present the University Employment Bureau
is housed in that building. Our proposals to the State Government for
further assistance in materializing plans for more constructions in phased
manner, are under active consideration