Nirma University

Dr Karsanbhai K. Patel, President

Dr Karsanbhai K. Patel

“Education is a potent driver of change. It empowers the learner with the most powerful weapon which can change the world. It makes life worth living. Education, particularly higher education is the need of the hour … more
–Dr Karsanbhai K. Patel


The University draws much of its inspiration and strength from its founder, Dr Karsanbhai K. Patel, Chairman, Nirma Limited and founder President of Nirma Education & Research Foundation and Nirma University. Dr Karsanbhai K. Patel has been conferred with ‘Padma Shri’ Award in the year 2010. He is also the recipient of the ‘Udyog Ratna’ Award-1990, ‘Gujarat Businessman’ Award-1998, Ernst & Young ‘Lifetime Achievement’  Award-2006, ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha Award- 2009’, The Baroda Sun ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award- 2009 and ‘Chemtech Award of Hall of Fame’.

Dr Patel is renowned for his contribution to industrial development in the country. In the last 20 years, he has turned his attention to the growing challenges in education. This has perhaps been one of his most purposeful developments for the younger generation of the country.

Dr Patel was awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Florida Atlantic University, USA for Business and Marketing acumen and philanthropy in the year 2001. He was also awarded Honorary D. Lit by Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya, Indore in 2007. Among many social projects that he has initiated, Nirma Education and Research Foundation (NERF) is monumental of his commitment to society.