The Gujarat Technological University consists of a campus of 23 acres. In an attempt to boost Gujarat Technological University the state government has 28 acres from Vishwakarma Engineering College. After this move, the entire campus is going to 51 acres.
Motives of the Transfer of Land
After transferring the 28 acres held by Vishwakarma Engineering College to Gujarat Technological University, the GTU campus is going to have 51 acres. The motive behind this move was to make the varsity eligible for 12(B) certification from the University Grants Commission (UGC), for which the minimum land requirement is 100 acres. With a 12(B) certification, affiliated institutes or varsities are eligible for financial assistance and grants from the central government and UGC. GTU had sought 100 acres from the state government but despite offering a few options near Gandhinagar, the government refused to grant the varsity enough land. It has been 10 years since the college was established and it still has not got the UGC approval under section B.
Comment by the Officals
When asked about the move to Bipin Bhatt, registrar of GTU, he said, "Apart from the campus at Chandkheda, the regional centres will come up at Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara and Gandhinagar, so students and institute authorities do not have to visit the main campus every now and then."