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The campus, committed to education with a purpose, is known as Vallabh Vidyanagar. Just seven kilometers away from the milk city Anand, it has made its distinct identity in the sector of education in the last sixty years. Its lush green trees, peaceful ambience and pollution free climate have attracted many from various corners of the globe. Presently it caters to the educational need of over 30,000 students across various disciplines. The town has all the amenities and facilities to evolve and expand quality life amongst the students. The town is the synthesis of varied cultures from across the world, thereby fostering an environment of creativity among the student citizens. Those who stay here always cherish their golden moments of life on the campus. Today the campus has compounded in strength and consolidated itself to take on the challenges of the emerging future. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr. C. L. Patel, Chairman Charutar Vidya Mandal the investment in during the last decade has touched $30 million with new and emerging courses & programmes such as E-Business, Information Science, Information Technology, Valuation, Industrial Hygiene, Hotel Management, Ayurvedic medicine, Bachelor of Education, Physical Education, P.T.C, Biotechnology, Hospitality Management etc with a Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre for Applied Research and Testing and an Institute of Science and Technology for Advanced Studies and Research located at C L Patel Centre for Science and Technology.
One of the greatest sons of India Late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel inspired Shri Bhaikaka and Shri Bhikabhai Saheb for rural resurgence of post-independent India through education, and Charutar Vidya Mandal was born. Charutar Vidya Mandal was established in the year 1945 as a charitable trust with a prime objective of rural development through education to bring about the social awakening, social upliftment and enrichment. The uniqueness of Charutar Vidya Mandal lies in its ability to use quality education as a powerful means of social transformation.
It was a stupendous task for the founders to establish a visionary organization; but the large-heartedness and high sense of philanthropy of this region made this possible.Over the subsequent years, Dr. H M Patel consolidated the efforts put in by the founders. Later on, in the 1990s, when Dr. C L Patel took over the reigns of Charutar Vidya Mandal as the Chairman, thecountry was facing a major economic and ideological change paving the way for globalization and liberalization. This generated two major challenges before the sector of education - (a) Withdrawal of monetary support by the government to educational institutions, and (b) Need for new programs and courses to meet with the emerging demands arising out of a globalized and liberalized world in science and technology and in business.
The dynamic leadership, missionary zeal and visionary outlook of Dr. C L Patel successfully took up the challenges. Various self-financed educational institutions started being established in the areas of Technology, Science and Engineering, Commerce and Management, offering emerging and innovative courses and programs such as Mechatronics, Automobile Engineering, Bio-technology, Food Processing Technology, E-Commerce, Valuation, etc. Today the investment of Charutar Vidya Mandal stands at more than US$ 30 million, and a new self- contained Satellite Township called New Vallabh Vidyanagar sprawled over 100 acres has already received an investment of around US$ 20 million.
Dr. C L Patel's unique leadership style attracts many philanthropists to contribute to the development of Charutar Vidya Mandal. Today Charutar Vidya Mandal is empowering budding graduates to live up to the ever-changing environment and equipping them to face the Third Millennium with confidence and competence. Building competitive advantages is the renewed focus of Charutar Vidya Mandal in the 21st century. At present, Charutar Vidya Mandal operates 30 Educational Institutions from schools to colleges,and a sophisticated Research Institute, with over 30,000 students on the rolls.