Nirma University is a 21st century university aimed at serving young national and international students and society at large. Its salient features are: high quality teaching-learning process; focus on the employability of students; commitment to research and innovation; close interaction with the industry and peer universities in different countries; and a culture of continuous learning and development.
The students are at the centre of all activities. Faculty concentrate on students’ academic, intellectual, social and personal development. Further, they provide continuous support to students to cope with the academic and personal challenges. As the University has students from different nook and cranny of the country and from different socio-economic strata, there is wide diversity on the campus. The University also supports needy students to the extent possible.
In the last two decades, the university has moved from strength to strength and is recognised by various agencies for its excellence in higher education. It has integrated the needs and concerns of its various stakeholders and has built an expansive and open culture. Besides teaching and research, social service is a main priority of the University. It builds neighbouring communities on the one hand and facilitates the psychosocial development of the students on the other.
Research and innovation at the University is aligned with global and national priorities. In addition, the University imbues the values of entrepreneurship and innovation amongst its students. Faculty conduct interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary projects not only in collaboration with faculty within the University, but they also work with faculty across different universities and research institutions.
The University has a robust ecosystem of scholarship, enquiry, exploration, collaboration and internationalism. From a student to a faculty member to a staff member, everyone strives to excel and endeavours to achieve what he is capable of achieving. The University is determined to emerge as a reputed and valued institution known for its contribution to the society.
Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, Chairman, Nirma Limited and founder President of Nirma Education and Research Foundation (NERF) and Nirma University, is globally recognised, both as an industrialist and a visionary in the field of education.
Dr Patel is conferred upon the Udyog Ratna Award in 1990, Gujarat Businessman Award in 1998, Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha Award in 2009, Baroda Sun Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, Padma Shri Award in 2010 and Chemtech Award of Hall of Fame, to name a few.
An Honourary Doctorate of Humane Letters was awarded to him by Florida Atlantic University, USA for Business and Marketing acumen and philanthropy in 2001. He was also conferred upon Honourary DLitt by Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya, Indore in 2007. He was conferred Life Time Achievement Award by Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2019.