Central University of Gujarat Gandhinagar

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Founded in 2009, Central University of Gujarat is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Gandhinagar (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Gujarat. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Central University of Gujarat (CUG) is a coeducational higher education institution. Central University of Gujarat (CUG) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. CUG also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.


The mission of CUG is to provide access to quality education and create opportunities for encouraging students to effectively engage with emerging innovations and technological challenges, international competitiveness and leadership in thought as well as in action. CUG is also conscious of the importance of developing entrepreneurial and scholastic abilities for creation of knowledge, wealth and prosperity for the country as well as peace and happiness for human beings.


The vision of CUG is to establish itself as a centre of excellence with social commitment by integrating modern, scientific and technological knowledge and skills with the basic human ethos and values. The University shall set forth a model in teaching, research and personality development and create skilled human resource with a sense of responsiveness towards society, the country and the world at large

. Central Instrumentation Facility

The Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) at the University is one of the best in the country. Currently, the CIF has a range of instruments which include the following:


  • 500 MHz FT-NMR Spectrometer
  • Single Crystal and Powder XRD
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer
  • Elemental Analyzer (CHNS/O)
  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas Chromatography (GC) & Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LCMS)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Brunauer Emmett Teller (BET) Surface Area Analyzer
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES)
  • Spectroscopic Ellipsometer
  • Green/Glass House
  • Borosil Mansingh Survismeter
  • Refractometer (RI)
  • 500 MHz Fourier-Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (FT-NMR)
  • Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES)
  • Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS)
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Analab Mansingh Visionmeter


The University provides ideal conditions for scientific research and the faculty members and the students have published widely in the field.

B. Central Library

The Central Library has a wide collection of resources taking into consideration the course contents and research needs of the university. Library’s learning resource collections are developed aiming at providing the highest level of research and teaching support to the programmes and research thrust areas. Collection is reviewed every year in order to be relevant to the emerging and developing areas of research. The Library is growing in its breadth and depth it holds about 30,000 plus books, and subscribes to over 66 print journals and magazines and over 8000+ e-journals. The Library has KOHA software and computerized library facilities.

The Cyber Library provides seamless access to e-journals available at the university. Its main aim is to provide access to computers and internet to the students coming from economically weaker sections who are not able to buy computers/laptop individually. It has over 29 Pentium workstations with broadband internet access. CUG has successfully migrated towards the internet age by adding 8000+ online journals to its collection. The Library also provides access to several databases.

C. Wi-fi and ICT Facility

The University is wi-fi enabled and students can access the internet on the basis of a personal id and password provided by the University. The University also has a CyberLab that enables students to access a large variety of resources on the web that includes journals, databases, and books.

D. Hostel Facility

Limited Hostel accommodation both for men and women is available on a first come first allotment basis. The hostel fees are stipulated as per the norms of the University. Private accommodation on a shared basis is available in the city of Gandhinagar at reasonable rates.

E. Health Facility

Government medical facility is available adjacent to the University Campus where the students can avail of medical help during medical hours. In addition, the Government Civil Hospital is located near the University. The University also has a medical consultant whose services are available to students on subsidized rates.

F. Earn While You Learn Scheme

The Earn While You Learn Initiative is a unique scheme in the Central University of Gujarat for aiding students of the undergraduate and postgraduate level programmes of the University who do not receive fellowships. The initiative is particularly meant for those students who come from financially and socially disadvantaged sections of the society to support them during their stay at the University. As a part of the initiative, the students are assigned duties in the University Cyber Library after the classroom hours. The University intends to increase the scope of this scheme to include other University duties as well. Special care is taken for women students who are allotted convenient timings.

G. Means-cum-Merit Scholarship

The University intends to start a means-cum-merit scholarship for the students of undergraduate and postgraduate streams of the University soon.

H. Remedial English

The Remedial English Programme is meant for the students of the University to assist them with a view to enhance their writing and speaking skills in English. The programme is conducted with the support of U.G.C. Coaching Scheme for SC/ST/OBC/NCL/MC.

I. Games and Sports

The University is aware of the importance of physical activities and organised sports and games programmes, which should be combined with the students academic pursuits. Keeping in view the limited space available at the present location of the University, basic sports facilities are available in the campus.

J. Cultural Activities

Cultural activities among the student community on the campus are promoted through various cultural clubs. Students are encouraged to participate in various cultural activities.

K. Canteen

The University offers a canteen facility where snacks, tea, coffee/dining in facility is available.

L. Transport Facility

The University has its own AC bus which is available for the students and University staff for their convenience.

M. Conference Facility

The University has well-equipped facilities for conferences, workshops and seminars with seating capacity ranging from 45 to 170 persons.

N. Non-NET Fellowships

All the students enrolled for M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes are eligible to receive a monthly fellowship of Rs. 3000/- and Rs. 5000/- respectively, and contingency amount of Rs.8000/- per annum through the UGC Non-NET fellowship initiative.

O. Welfare Schemes for SC/ST, Minority and Girl Students

The welfare schemes notified and implemented by the Government of India and UGC are followed in the University and the schemes, announced from time to time, are introduced within the University asapplicable.

School of Social Sciences (SSS)

The courses offered by the School of Social Sciences aim at imparting and generating knowledge on emerging issues and problems of contemporary society, economy and polity.

The course structure is choice based, flexible and is interdisciplinary. The pedagogy and didactics are interactive and based on field learning. The academic format places great emphasis on student initiative. The evaluation is continuous and grade based. Assignments, tutorials, seminars, projects carry equal weight as semester exams.

At the end of the course, a student would be equipped with analytical skills, social science theoretical knowledge based on empirical and field-based learning. Thus a student with this kind of learning can look forward to careers in teaching, management, research, policy making, development sector, media and administration.

The School of Social Sciences will have the following programmes for the Academic Year 2014-15:

The School of Social Sciences offers the following programmes:

  1. M.A. (Five-Year integrated programme) in Social Management
  2. M.A. (Two-Year programme) in Society and Development
  3. M.Phil./Ph.D. in Society and Development
  4. M.Phil.-Ph.D. Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
  5. M.Phil./Ph.D. in Economics
  6. M.Phil./Ph.D. in Gandhian Thought and Peace

School of International Studies (SIS)

The School has been conceptualised to encourage diversity in the constitution of knowledge of international affairs in India. Its current focus is on creating new and relevant knowledge in the core IR areas such as International Politics and Security Studies. In the coming years, the School intends to pursue research in history, theory and sociology of modern India’s international relations and all areas of Security Studies. Aware of the Gujarat’s historical connections with the larger world, it will pursue research on maritime influences on India’s trade, culture and security. These relatively new areas would be pursued alongside more conventional research areas such as International Relations Theories, International Organisations, International Trade and Development, International Law, and Globalisation. Among geographical area studies, the School’s immediate area of focus is the India immediate and extended neighbourhood. Programmes and the Centres of the School are interdisciplinary to the extent possible in the Indian context. All programmes of the School equally emphasise theory and policy and train students to contribute meaningfully to the society, country and the world at large.

The School of International Studies would offer following programmes during the academic year 2014-2015:

  1. MA in Politics and International Relations
  2. MPhil-PhD in Security Studies
  3. MPhil-PhD in International Politics

Faculty Profiles :

1) Dr. Sanjay Kumar Jha , Professor & Dean
Research areas: International Relations, National Security, Internal Security—insurgency, terrorism, Maoism – conflict management and resolution, Security and Politics in South Asia and Border Management.
Email: sanjayjha@cug.ac.in

2) Dr. Kishor Jose , Assistant Professor
Research areas: Energy Security, Russia and Central Asian area studies and Non-Traditional Security issues.
Email: kishor@cug.ac.in

3) Dr. Nongmaithem Mohandas Singh , Assistant Professor
Research areas: National Security and Northeast India, Peace and Conflict studies, Russia/Central Asia and International Relations, Economy of Insurgency.
Email: nongmaithem.singh@cug.ac.in

School of Environment and Sustainable Development (SESD)

Environmental and sustainable development aimstouse natural resources and eco friendly technology to meet human needs while preserving and conserving theair, water and soil environment and maintaining the ecological balance for productive biodiversity. Green technology is generally differentiated from sustainable development in that green development prioritizes environment, social environment and economic sustainability. There is need forthe commitment to develop an appreciative awareness of the inter dependence of this entire element for the progressive development. Sustainable development is a learning process about making decisions that consider long term future of the natural resources.

The environmental and sustainable development includes the study of :

  1. Environmental issues and challenges
  2. Ecology, Ecosystem and Biodiversity
  3. Air, water, soil management
  4. Industrial Development : Pollution Generation and its impact
  5. Pollution control and abatement
  6. Green technology
  7. Environment and Natural Resources Management
  8. Environment Biotechnology
  9. Environment protection strategies

The School of Environment and Sustainable Development will have the following programme for the Academic Year 2014-15.

  1. M.Phil./Ph.D. in Environment and Sustainable Development
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