In 1994, the founder of Nirma Industries and an internationally famous entrepreneur Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel crystallized his long cherished dream of providing world-class facilities for professional education in Gujarat. He established Nirma Education & Research Foundation (NERF), which in turn established, in a 110-acre campus, six leading institutions within a span of fourteen years: Institute of Technology in 1995, Institute of Management in 1996, Institute of Diploma Studies in 1997, Institute of Pharmacy in 2003, Institute of Science in 2004 and Institute of Law in 2007.
The establishment of the Nirma University in April 2003 as a statutory university under the Gujarat State Act at the initiative of the NERF was a natural consequence of the very high standards achieved by the first three institutes. The University is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 2(f) of UGC Act. Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel, Chairman, Nirma Group of Companies and Chairman, NERF is the President of the University. Shri Ambubhai M. Patel is the Vice President of the University. All the institutes have now become the constituents of the university.
Nirma University consists of Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Management, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Doctoral Studies & Research, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Law. The diploma, graduate, post-graduate and doctoral level programmes offered by these faculties are rated high by industries, business magazines and by the students.
Innovation, excellence and quality are the driving forces on the campus and this has translated the vision of the University into a reality over a short period of time. Today, the campus vibrates with not only world class curricular activities but also with myriad activities like international conventions, symposia, conferences, student competitions, conclaves, short-term industry relevant programmes, and cultural activities.