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This article is written like an advertisement. Please help rewrite this article from a neutral point of view. For blatant advertising that would require a fundamental rewrite to become encyclopedic, use {{db-spam}} to mark for speedy deletion. (March 2010) University of Baroda Motto "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" Established 1949 Type Public Chancellor Dr. Mrunalini Devi Puar Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ramesh Goyal Undergraduates 28000 (2005) Postgraduates 2000 Location Baroda, Gujarat, India Campus Urban Affiliations UGC Website www.msubaroda.ac.in The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, commonly referred as M. S. University (MSU) is one of the premier universities of India located in the city of Vadodara, (Baroda) in Gujarat state. Originally known as the Baroda College of Science (established 1881), it became a university in 1949 after the independence of the country and later renamed after Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the former ruler of Baroda. It is a teaching and residential university. It is the only university in Gujarat whose medium of instruction is English for all its courses. Contents 1 History 2 Faculty of Performing Arts 2.1 Classical music 2.2 Dance 2.3 Faculty of Fine Arts 3 Faculty of Arts 3.1 Department of English 3.1.1 Departmental Library 3.2 Department of Economics 4 Faculty of Journalism and Communication 5 Faculty of Education and Psychology 6 Faculty of Law 7 Faculty of Family and Community Science 8 Faculty of Management Studies 9 Faculty of Social Work 9.1 Mission & Objectives 9.2 Curricular aspects 10 Faculty of Technology and Engineering 10.1 Department of Mechanical Engineering 10.2 Department of Chemical Engineering 10.2.1 Facilities 10.3 Department of Architecture 10.4 Department of Applied Mathematics and Bioinformatics 11 Faculty of Medicine 12 Faculty of Commerce 13 Faculty of Science 13.1 Department of Biochemistry 13.2 The Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology centre 14 Oriental Institute 15 University Library (Shrimati Hansa Mehta Library) 16 Notable alumni 17 References 18 External links // History The University has its origins in the Baroda college established in 1881 by Baroda State. The main building which now houses the faculty of Arts was designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm (1840-1915) in Indo-Saracenic architecture style, in a fusion of Indian and Byzantine arches and domes in brick and polychromed stone. The main dome on the convocation hall, was modelled after the great dome of the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur.[1]. Pratap Singh Gaekwad of Baroda (1908–1968), the last Maharaja of the erstwhile Baroda State founded the university in 1949 as per the wishes of his grandfather, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III (1863–1939), and settled the "Sir Sayajirao Diamond Jubilee and Memorial Trust" which exists to date, and caters to the educational and other needs of the people of the former Baroda State.[2] It has its origins in the Baroda College of Science established in 1881. Faculty of Performing Arts Faculty of Performing Arts building Classical music Maharaja Sayajirao Rao Gaekwad was a patron of Indian classical music. Ustad Moula Bux founded the Academy of Indian Music under the patronage of Sayajirao. This academy later became the Music College and is now the Faculty of Performing Arts of MSU. Apart from Moula Bux, Sayajirao’s Court boasted of artists like Ustad Hazrat Inayat Khan and Ustad Faiyyaz Khan. Dance The MSU started the first dance programme in India in 1950. In 1880 the Maharani Laksmi Bai (Chimnabai I) of Tanjore was married to Baroda’s Maharaja Sayajirao III Gopalrao Gaekwad, an enlightened prince who established the Baroda College as one of his first public acts. It was later absorbed into the university that bears his name. Chimnabai I was knowledgeable in Bharatanatyam and carnatic music and brought a troupe with her: two dancers, two nattuvanars (leaders of Bharatanatyam concerts), and two teachers.[3] Others followed later: nattuvanar Appaswamy and his dancer wife Kantimati, who had studied with Kannusamy and Vadively, two members of the Tanjore Quartet. After Appaswamy's death in 1939, Kantimati and their son, Kubernath Tanjorkar, left to teach in Lucknow and worked in film in South India until Maharaja Pratap Singhrao Gaekwad called the Tanjorkars family back to Baroda in 1949, to teach in the music fepartment in the Palace Kalavan which was later absorbed into MSU.[4] Faculty of Fine Arts Main article: Faculty of Fine Arts Faculty of Fine Arts at the university was founded in June 1950, today one of most known art schools in India and gave rise to the "Baroda school" of Indian art. Faculty of Arts Faculty of Arts Dome, designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm (1840-1915) in Indo-Saracenic style, modeled on Gol Gumbaz[1] The Faculty of Arts is famous for its education procedure . It faculty building is known for its Gumbaz (The Dome), which is the second largest dome in Asia. Department of English The Department of English is one of the oldest in Gujarat. Departmental Library The Department of English has a library for its students and teachers. It is housed in a spacious room with facilities for reading and conference. It has a collection of around 1,200 titles of poetry, fiction and drama, literary criticism and theory, and works on individual authors and texts. The richest sections are on literary criticism and theory, and fiction. The library receives gifts from the British Council, the USIS, and individuals including members of the department teaching staff. The library has borrowed important books from the collection of Smt. Hansa Mehta library of the university for its teachers and research scholars. Department of Economics The Department of Economics in the Faculty of Arts, has given birth to some of the finest economists of the country. Dr. I.G. Patel, former director of the London School of Economics and later the governor of the Reserve Bank of India, was the first head of the Department of Economics. Professors I.S. Gulati, V.N. Kothari, K.N. Reddy, S.R. Hashim and M.M. Dadi belonged to this department. Presently, the department has a unique strength in finance, sustainable development, gender studies, environmental economics. The Department has been supported by several schemes and grants: Department of Special Assistance (DSA), Centre for Planning and Development (CPD) and Assistance for Strengthening Infrastructure in Social Sciences and Humanities (ASISSH). The department runs a professional course: Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Finance. The department has a library which is accessed by the post-graduate students. In addition, it has a well-equipped computer lab for training and instruction. Faculty of Journalism and Communication The only media faculty to be recognized all over Gujarat (once accredited as third at all-India level a few years ago)[citation needed] for its courses offered and the strong alumni networking viz Sony, SAB TV, Zee NEWS, NDTV, AAJ TAK, India Today, ETV, Sahara Samay, Times Now, Times of India, Indian Express, BBC, Hats OFF productions etc. Faculty of Education and Psychology The Department of Psychology at the M. S. University of Baroda is one of the oldest and strongest departments in Western India. Since its inception the department has grown tremendously in the spheres of teaching and research. This department offers specialization in four areas: Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Industrial Psychology at undergraduate and post graduate level. Post graduate students are provided placement in corporate and service sector organizations, community guidance centers, mental hospitals, general hospitals, schools, clinics and counseling centers for on-the-job experience to facilitate the practical utility of their theoretical knowledge and give them professional training along with the academic input and training in the department. The department is associated with number of community outreach programs, such as in the university counseling centre: MARG for counseling of students. From time to time the department organizes workshops and seminars. The department has undertaken teaching as well as research and guidance. A separate guidance and counseling centre catering to the needs of student and well community is attached to the department. The department offers three part time post graduate diplomas: Human Resource Development (H.R.D.), Clinical and Community Psychology (C.C.P.), and Applied Hypnosis (C.A.H.). These courses were first of their kinds in the country at the time of launching. Faculty of Law The Faculty of Law has been a premier law institute in Gujarat since 1962. The academic talent of the faculty is capable to tackle the emerging legal trends. It offers various courses like B.A.LL.B. (5 years), LLB (3 years), LLM (Business Law), LLM (Criminal Law), Post Graduate Diploma in Taxation Practice, Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Practice and Ph.D. programme. Over the years, the faculty has expanded quantitatively as well as qualitatively to meet the ever-increasing education needs of Vadodara. The Faculty of Law has produced several eminent lawyers and judges of the Gujarat High Court. Globalization, liberalization and the information technology revolution has had a profound impact on law and legal institutions — worldwide and in India. A rapidly growing global market in legal services and information has changed the structure of the legal profession. To answer this global need, a new and totally innovative legal thinking is required. With this object in mind, faculty of law has given birth to the Baroda School of Legal Studies to advance and disseminate learning and knowledge of law and to make law and legal process an efficient instrument of social development. This course aims to chisel bright and brilliant lawyers out of raw teenagers. Baroda School of Legal Studies shall be imparting a five-year Integrated Law degree course that shall aim at developing a new vision for legal education in India. Baroda School of Legal Studies aspires to become a centre of excellence in the legal education map of the world. Faculty of Family and Community Science Faculty of Family and Community Science is one of the best faculties of the Maharaja Sayaji Rao University.[citation needed] Mostly its a girls' college but boys can get admission. One can earn five majors in the Home Science faculty. Foods and Nutrition Human Development and Family Studies Clothing and Textile Home Management Extension and Communication Students can do their B.Sc. (home) degree as well as Post Graduation M.Sc. in any of above major or they can do their graduation with General Home Science which cover all five majors. The faculties are highly educated and experienced in their field. The majority of the faculty have doctorates in their field. Graduating students are placed in good industries. Faculty of Management Studies Popularly known as FMS Baroda, it started offering a two-year full-time MBA course in 1984. Then, eventually, it started offering three-year MBA evening programs for working executives. Current, the intake of students for MBA regular program is 40. It offers specialization in Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Information Systems. Its MBA program has been rated in India's top 30 MBA program by Business India 2000 ranking. It has its own dedicated library and computer lab. It offers Ph.D.s in management for research scholars. Current dean of the faculty is Prof. (Dr.) G C Maheshwari. Before him, it was headed by Prof. Mayank Dholakiya. Faculty of Social Work Faculty of Social Work at MSU was instituted on 15 March 1949. Though, chronologically, it was the third institution imparting professional social work education in India, it is the very first to have the status of a full-fledged faculty. Courses offered Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), Master of Human Resource Management (M.H.R.M.), P.G. Diploma in I.R.P.M.; P.G. Diploma in Human Resource Management, P.G. Diploma in Health Management and Interventions; P.G. Diploma in Social Development and Organisation Management; P.G. Diploma in Criminology and Correctional Management and Ph.D. in Social Work. The student-to-faculty ratio is 1:8/10, a level mostly seen in the U.S., UK and other developed countries. The average class size is 40 students. Faculty of Social Work, Baroda owes its origin to the progressive outlook and vision of the first Vice-Chancellor of M.S. University, Smt. Hansa Mehta. The Faculty made a modest beginning as the Baroda School of Social Work (in 1951, elevated to Faculty status) in the White Pavilion building in Sayajibaug; they shortly moved to the seminar building of Baroda College and later to its present premises in 1960. The Faculty was privileged to have Dr. Perin Vakharia as the founder dean and some faculty members of national and international repute who jointly built a strong foundation. Some noteworthy names were Prof. Sugata Dasgupta, Prof. S.N. Ranade, Dr. M. Swoboda, Prof, M.C. Nanavatty, Dr. I.D. Malani, Dr. P.T. Thomas, Dr. A. Mazumdar, Shri G.G. Dadlani, Shri V.R. Devlalikar, Prof. S.K. Majumdar, Dr. S.R. Yardi and Prof. Indira Patel, Prof. K.M. Sharma, Shri I.P. Shelat, Dr. H.M. Rajyaguru, Prof. S.B. Saxena, Prof. Varsha Anjaria, Prof. Anil Navale and the present dean, Prof. Aruna Khasgiwala. Mission & Objectives This article may contain wording that merely promotes the subject without imparting verifiable information. Please remove or replace such wording, unless you can cite independent sources that support the characterization. The overarching aim of the Faculty is to pursue excellence in training of social work and human resource management professionals as well as research and extension work undertaken by the faculty staff and students. At present, the Faculty is already recognized as an institution which provides technical assistance and research consultancy to various government, non-government organizations as well as industries. It will be our endeavour to maintain this reputation in future. The specific objectives are: To provide facilities for theory, practice and research training to students in social work and human resource management. To provide opportunities for individual growth and development which further equip students to assume leadership in civic life and evolve into socially aware and responsible citizens themselves. To equip students to take up challenging jobs in various fields of social work and human resource management. Curricular aspects The Faculty is one of the pioneering post-graduate institutions in social work education with a Master’s degree in Social Work (M.S.W.) as its focal programme. From the early 1970s, a Ph.D. programme in Social Work was instituted. In the mid-70s an evening post-graduate diploma in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management (I.R.P.M. ) was added. In the past 30 years, the faculty has undertaken in-service training programmes for field practitioners, government employees, etc. In 1999, a two-year self-financed degree programme in Master’s in Human Resource Management was launched. Both masters degree programmes are career oriented and, within months of passing, most students are employed. The diploma course in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management is designed first to enhance competence of personnel executive in the functions currently on hand and to develop potential for assuming responsibility as a future member of the corporate management team. Teaching-Learning and evaluations Admission procedure Admissions to both masters as well as the diploma programme are granted to applicants who are found successful in a battery of selection tests comprising of written examination, group discussion and personal interview. Secondly, the applicant is required to pass individually in each test and also obtain an aggregate score that secures him/her a place in the merit order of the top forty or ten wait listed candidates. Orientation programme Once admitted, the students undergo a rigorous, 10-day-long orientation programme. The programme exposes the new entrants to a learning style entirely different from their earlier education programme. Sensitivity training through specially designed workshops, visits to field work agencies and lecture cum-discussions sessions comprise the major components of orientation. At the end of this programme the students are fairly acquainted to the teaching modalities; on and off campus infra structural facilities’ and expectation from themselves as student learners, i.e., importance of inculcating work discipline and a sense of responsibility. Field work, research and students’ seminar We[who?] believe that a professional education programme at post graduate level in social work and human resource management should not solely depend upon formal classroom teaching. Field work is a medium through which the knowledge, skills and values of the respective profession are inculcated in the student learner. The core objective of the field work programme is to provide varied learning opportunities to a student to equip him/her to be an effective practitioner of social work or human resource management as the case be. At the master’s level, field work component carries a weightage of forty percent. Students of each course are required to undertake a research project and write a report which carries a weightage of four credits at the masters level and three credits at the diploma level. Technology of field instructions includes a wide range of tools e.g. individual conferences, group conferences, role plays, collateral visits, paper presentation, discussion by students, use of news clippings, case studies etc., each student is attached to a field work supervisor and the two meet minimum once a week to facilitate the field based learning process. Students are provided with individualized research guidance as well. Dissertation work is done concurrently with theory courses beginning at the middle of second term. The students are expected to write a research report of 12,000 to 15,000 words. In the fourth term, the senior students go through an exercise of preparing and presenting a well thoughtout paper for critical peer review and comments from invited experts. Every week one class room hour is scheduled for this purpose. Evaluation System Assessment, fully internal except for Viva Voce at the end of four terms, is based on a combination of examinations and special assignments that are conducted throughout the four terms. For every course, a minimum of two graded testes are conducted : once at midterm and then at the end of the term. Same is true for field work placement in each term. A seven point scale ranging from unsatisfactory to excellent is used for evaluation. In field work, based on a set criteria, the students are required to write a self-evaluation report (twice during each term) which is discussed in detail by field work supervisor and the supervisee. Next, the students appears for a field work Viva-Voce. Based on these two exercises, the Supervisor writes a qualitative evaluation report which is presented at the Faculty staff meeting, where comments and observations are shared by colleagues. The final grade in respect of field work is awarded at the examination meeting of the faculty staff. Research-consultancy & Extension All Faculty members are actively engaged in research projects in their respective field of interest and providing research guidance to master’s and diploma level students. Three faculty members are recognized guides for doctoral studies. At present four faculty members have submitted their Ph.D. thesis; two faculty members and two outside Ph. D candidates are engaged in data collection. Faculty of Social Work is one of the five social work institutions in the country recognized by the university grants commission for award of departmental research support grant for a period of five years. The thrust areas under the UGC-DRS sponsored research projects are poverty alleviation and social development with emphasis on women, the girl child, SC/ST, elderly and child care. Through its on going extension programmes, the faculty has made notable contributions in social service. Today, on campus we have five extension agencies viz. Fatehgunj Samaj Kalyan Kendra, Child Guidance Clinic, Seva Sahyog, Adoption Resource Center, CHILDLINE, and NSS-TOC. These agencies employ minimum paid staff and are largely run by technical, man power resources contributed by faculty members and students. In addition to providing specialized services, these extension agencies also represent a demonstration of our innovative practices. A list of research consultancy, extension and training projects undertaken in the faculty during last five years is attached. Every year, a professional journal titled Social Work Review is published to document good articles. Infrastructure & learning Resources The faculty has a separate building and its own on- campus library too. The library stocks a total of 12353 books on various social work, human resource management and allied subjects and subscribes for 25 journals round the year. At present only one computer is available which is mostly used for administrative work. We certainly need more computers for student training and academic use, especially since one noncredit computer applications course is on the anvil for all students . Two high powered vehicles [Tata Sumo] and Toyata Qualis are available to staff members for agency visits to distant rural and urban programmers. Most staff members use their own resources for visits to agencies near by . A photo-copier machine, TV-VCP, DLP, over head slide projector and some video films on relevant themes are additional resources available for training and administrative use. University Health Center services are available to all students and faculty members. Our students regularly participate in debates , quizzes , sports, dramatics and other cultural events organized by this university and other sponsoring agencies from within and outside the state . Many a time, Our students have won prizes. M.S. University provides hostel accommodation to all its eligible students including those from Faculty of Social Work. There exists an active Students Association which organizes several educational, recreational and cultural events. Over and above the field work supervisors who characteristically act as ‘friend, philosopher & guide’ for their respective students, a dean of students (nominated) also looks into students welfare or grievance issue. Computer Lab A well equipped computer lab is established from 2004 having 20 computers with internet connectivity. The lab access is available to all students and staff with services of System Administrator. Student support & progression Drop out and failure cases hardly ever exceed one percent on a yearly basis. The students value the fact that they were selected at the rate of one out of twenty (applicants); and are generally serious about their course work. Besides, our courses are career oriented and the teaching programme includes a variety of inputs already mentioned. There exits an Alumni Association and nearly 150 members live within Vadodara city. Professionally well placed alumni are invited as panel members during admission interviews every year. Alumni from within and outside the city guide field work students and extend a sound support for job placement services organized by faculty members along with Students Association. To strengthen the contribution of alumni (& others in field work agencies ) to Social Work Education, an Agency Day is organised. The Faculty gratefully acknowledge the support provided by the current and past students in mobilizing resources for various educational events. Faculty has been a pioneering institution of M.S. University in context of organizing job placement services. A well researched, information brochure about the outgoing students is prepared every year and mailed to employees from different fields. Further, the Faculty provides full infra structure support to prospective employers free of cost. We have a formal mechanism of feed back from students called as the Term Review at the institution level, presided over by the Faculty Dean. Some subject teachers conduct an evaluation of their teaching within the class also. Organization and Management Faculty of Social Work is a uni-department institution within the M.S. University. The Dean Co-ordinates all academic and administrative activities in the Faculty and is the highest decision making authority at the institution level. However, it is noteworthy that all significant issues are discussed in weekly staff meetings wherein ideas/ suggestions can be given by any member. Usually, the term of a Faculty dean lasts three years unless it is extended. A senior professor is appointed as Head of the department and the incumbent’s term lasts for five years. Board of Studies in Social Work comprises nine members of which three are outside trained social work experts and the remaining are senior faculty members. Usually, the Head of the Department chairs Board of Studies. In the last three years there has been no violation of code of conduct by any Faculty member. Our academic calendar is prepared as per university guidelines every year. Implementation of reservation policy is informed by M.S. University policy framework. Details of budget and expenditure are given in the University’s annual report. As per University requirements we have an internal audit mechanism in place. HEALTHY PRACTICES Rural camp, study tour, seminar, extra mural lectures by visiting experts, student’s association activities, and term-end review are some of the mandatory but noncredit components of the teaching programme for the major courses run by the Faculty. In different ways, each of these activities contribute towards enhancing social sensitivity, skills for problem solving, situational analysis-reflection-action, understanding of systemic marginalization of vulnerable groups, power dynamics in organization and communities, innovative rural, urban, tribal service/management programmes, participatory research, creative writing, small group assignments, paper presentation, discussions at formal platforms. In short, these programmes promote self-learning by students in a wide range. To promote university-industry interface the faculty has mobilized resources for sponsoring a corporate award for the best contribution to community by an industry. In collaboration with Centre for Industrial Relations and Social Development, the Faculty has also instituted an award for the best Human Resource professional. As a part of Golden Jubilee Celebrations, the Faculty collaborated with Centre for Industrial Relations and Social Development to organise Dr. S.R. Yardi and Prof. Indira Patel Memorial Public Lecture delivered by speakers of national eminence. Awards and scholarships Post Metric Scholarships for SC, ST and SEBC students is available as per the government norms. Besides these Eklavya Awards for Excellence , Gold Medals for meritorious students and another awards are given to the students for their excellent performance in the examinations. Faculty of Technology and Engineering Main article: Faculty of Technology and Engineering Kala Bhavan The Faculty of Technology and Engineering of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda is one of the best engineering schools in the state of Gujarat. It is housed in Kala Bhavan, the building was supposed to be a temporary palace of the Maharaja of Baroda while his palace was being constructed. Hence is it located exactly opposite to the Laxmi Vilas Palace. The Maharaja donated the palace to open the school of engineering. Founded by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda as the Kalabhavan Technical Institute in 1890 the Faculty of Technology and Engineering is popularly recognised as Techo. The Kala Bhavan started its activity in 1890 with the modest but novel objective of producing skilled artisans and apprentices by imparting instruction in local language in the following fields: Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering, Drawing and Printing, Architecture and Photo engraving, Textile Chemistry including Dyeing, Bleaching, Sizing & Printing, oil and Soap making etc., With the assistance of German experts and foreign trained teacher under the able stewardship of Principal T. K. Gajjar. Other courses on Textile Technology(weaving), Furniture making and Fine Arts were started later. Principal C. H. Vora consolidated these pioneering efforts into a Polytechnic by starting a variety of Diploma and Certificate courses in the above major disciples, with the additional staff, laboratories and buildings. The Polytechnic status with steady development continued until 1949 when the Kalabhavan was converted into the Faculty of Technology and Engineering (with the establishment of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, following generous donation by the Gaekwads for the University and the New Building of the Institute). From this stage onwards, the Institute developed rapidly recognizing no bounds. These hectic developments resulting in creation of 15 departments, a workshop, a library and several buildings were possible due to the financial support mainly from UGC and aided by UNDP, USAID and Government agencies and also due to the dedicated efforts by the Institute, Deans and Teachers. Faculty laboratories and departments received massive aid of $1,050,000 for development from the United Nations Development Program(UNDP). The aid was given to develop infrastructure facilities in the area of Fracture mechanics, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Turbojet propulsion and Microprocessor Applications. In 1986, Post Graduate courses on (i) Fracture Mechanics (ii) Irrigation Water Management (iii) Turbojet Propulsion and (iv) Microprocessor Applications were introduced. Under USAID program, faculty received a massive grant of Rs. 4 crore from Water Resources Department and Narmada Department of Government of Gujarat for development of undergraduate and postgraduate program of Irrigation Water Management in March 1991. Constant efforts are made to update curriculum, improve teaching, enhance infrastructure and laboratory facilities, promote research and establish linkages with the Society and Industries and above all, emphasis on excellence. Under the Quality Improvement Program of Department of Electronics – now called Ministry of Information Technology, Department of electrical Engineering and Department of Computer Science received electronic equipments, computers and software worth Rs. 200 crores. This project was named as IMPACT project and was for the improvement of laboratory facilities for under graduate degree program. MIT later on partly supported the maintenance of equipments and computers under the sustainability support scheme. Department of Science and Technology agreed to support to the tune of Rs. 112 lacs to the Pharmacy Department under the MISSION REACH. This project is called TIFAC CORE—Center of Relevance and Excellence. Under this project, Industrial Partnership is also expected. UGC, under the SAP Program granted DRS – Phase III and COSIST Program to Metallurgical Engineering Department and DRS – Phase I to Pharmacy Department. Pharmacy Department is also likely to become QIP center for M.Pharm. and Ph.D. under AICTE – QIP. Department of Mechanical Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering The Chemical Engineering Department established in 1963, is the oldest as well as the most established department, in the state of Gujarat. It was started to meet the growing need for chemical engineers in Gujarat state, which embarked upon a phenomenal growth of the chemical and petrochemical industries since the sixties. The initial phase of the department was emphasized to meet the demand for chemical engineers in the state and development of the department was geared to train undergraduates in chemical engineering. The main strength of the department is its experienced and dedicated faculty. The department has good combination of senior highly experienced as well as young energetic/enthusiastic faculty members with postgraduate qualifications. The department strives continuously to orient its academics to cater to the changing outlook of the profession. It has had interaction with the industries and during the second phase of the growth of the department, two postgraduate courses namely M E (Petrochemical Engineering) and M E (Polymer Technology) were started in 1979 and 1981, respectively. The Department boasts of a healthy industry institution with a large number of its post graduates working out their research projects in various industries. For research work, the department interacts with various industries: IPCL, GSFC, Deepak Nitrite Ltd., CSMRI, KRIBHCO, Lupin Laboratories, NCL, UOP, Cipla, ONGC, Birla Copper, Reliance, HTRI, Essar, IOC, BPCL, HPCL, TCS, INFOSYS, WIPRO, SATYAM COMP, L&T etc. The Department shares a good rapport with these industries. The department has also undertaken sponsored/collaborative research projects in process development, biotechnology, reaction engineering, modeling and simulation, particularly for polymerization reactors/processes, polymer synthesis and characterization, development of polymer composites and their modifications, etc. Facilities Bench Scale Fermentor UV Spectrometer Controlled by Microprocessor Super Critical Extraction Screening System Rotating Disc Contactor Fluidized Bed Reactors Mercury Porosimeter Membrane Osmometer BET Surface Analyzer GLC with data station Biomicroscope Reverse Osmosis System Laboratory Autoclave Pneumatic Conveyor Ion Selective Electrode Analyzer Gas Chromatograph (Chemito), (Dual Channel, FID) Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (Chemito) The Department has conducted ISTE winter/summer schools in Petrochemicals (1982), Biotechnology (1983) and Polymer Technology (1985). The department in association with the Baroda Regional Center of India Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), organized the Indian Chemical Engineering Congress in 1988. The department has also conducted refresher/condensed courses in chemical engineering for many organizations around Baroda. The undergraduate and postgraduate students of the department have won many awards and prizes at different national level competitions like paper presentation, technical quiz, problem solving, debates, public speaking, GD's software development, etc. at institutions like IIT-Mumbai, Times of India, MSU Baroda, DDIT-Nadiad, NIT-Ahmedabad, SLIET-Bhatinda, Trivandrum, Hyderabad and other places. Ref: www.msubaroda.ac.in Department of Architecture The Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Technology & Engineering at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda is recognised for quality teaching, the calibre of its staff and the achievements of its graduates. Established in 1949, it is housed in the heart of the campus and is served by studios, workshops, computer lab and library. The focus of the undergraduate course is the teaching of architectural design through studio-based projects. The projects involve the application and integration of the knowledge and skill acquired from the supporting subjects. The course also includes a one semester (14 weeks minimum) office training programme whereby students are exposed to learning on the field. Currently the Department has a full time enrolment of 200 students. The department has encouraged learning beyond the classroom and regular course work. Students and staff are encouraged to participate in competitions, workshops and conferences. Many teaching faculty have been invited to international conferences and meetings, granted fellowships and invited to teach at the international universities. Various faculty members are involved in regular professional practice and along with practicing professionals, who are visiting faculty at the Department, provide a strong bridge between academics and the professions. Department of Architecture is a part of Faculty of Technology and Engineering of MSU conducting the B.Arch. course since 1952. The department has a long-standing reputation for imparting architectural education since 1890. This is primarily reflected through the achievements of several architects who graduated from Kalabhavan and later from MSU. Some faculty members are engaged in research and fieldwork activities. MSU permits the teachers to undertake consultancy works. Senior faculty members are also functioning as visiting professors, expert members of Boards of Studies and on Examination Panels of other institutions, in India and abroad. Research Project/Design Projects done by the Department, Faculty members and students have been useful to Government, Semi-Government, and other Institutions. Department of Applied Mathematics and Bioinformatics Department of Applied Mathematics offers courses like Post Graduate Diploma in Compute Applications, M. Sc in Applied Mathematics with specialization in Industrial Mathematics, M.Sc. Bio-Informatics (Self Finance), PG Diploma in Scientific Computing and Industrial Mathematics (Self Finance), PG Diploma in Computer Applications (Self Finance) and Ph. D in Applied Mathematics. M.Sc. bioinformatics course is multi-disciplinary course started in 2008. Applied mathematics department collaborate with Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacy Departments to make this course truly inter-disciplinary.[5] M.Sc. and Ph.D. Applied Mathematics courses are well established. Facilities at Department of Applied Mathematics and Bioinformatics[6] has three computer labs with internet connections. MATLAB, Mathematica, Maple (software), Bio-suite 3.1, Accelrys Discovery Studio, PSQ : Protein Sequence Query program, IDAMS : UNESCO's Internationally Developed data Analysis and Management package. Faculty of Medicine Please follow the link Baroda Medical College Faculty of Commerce Faculty of Commerce is the largest in university, with over 18,000 students. The Faculty of Commerce has been a premier institute of education in business studies since 1949 and it was the first of its kind in India. When it was established in 1942, it was known as the Maharaja Pratapsinh College of Commerce and Economics. The varied academic staff has the experience and qualifications to take up the challenges of education and research in business studies. The faculty offers undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral programmes leading to B.Com., M.Com. and Ph.D. degrees. The faculty offers BBA and three Post Graduate diplomas in Business Management, Banking and Co-operation. Over the years, the faculty has expanded, quantitatively as well as qualitatively, to meet with the ever-increasing education needs of Vadodara. The faculty has five departments: Department of Accounting and Financial Management Department of Banking and Business Finance Department of Business Economics Department of Commerce including Business Administration Department of Co-operation and Rural Studies The faculty receives the services of colleagues from the following departments of other faculties: Department of English, Faculty of Arts Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science Department of Law, Faculty of Law The faculty is making spirited efforts to streamline its administration and launch academic reforms. For imparting knowledge about operational aspects of business, experts from the field are invited as visiting faculty as needed. Serious and committed students can look forward to a challenging and productive education experience in this faculty. The staff is determined to maintain the academic excellence that was once its hallmark and infuse new energy and vigour into all the academic programmes. To ensure success the faculty expects discipline and regular attendance from the students. Faculty of Science BCA Programme:- MSU BCA is a 3 year graduation programme that is focused on developing software professionals. In BCA students are trained for desktop applications as well as web applications on various platforms including Microsoft, Java and Open Source platforms. The programming languages taught include C, C++, JAVA, C#, VB.net etc. The students are also trained to use web technologies including HTML, JavaScript, XML, JSP, ASP.net, PHP, AJAX etc. The BCA curriculum gives detailed coverage to Software Engineering, Computer networking, Database technologies, Mathematical skills, Distributed Computing, Computer graphics, Artificial intelligence, Communication skills and so on. BCA curriculum is continuously updated to incorporate latest technologies. Students are required to undertake a part time project of 3 months in 5th semester and a full time 4 months project in their final semester. Students are also involved in international projects with the universities like, The Penn State University(USA) and The East Carolina University. Centinnial college. Department of Biochemistry The KG Naik Department of Biochemistry was established in 1955, under the Chemistry Department, and was headed by Dr. Ramakrishnan. The Department has a glorious history of being the Center for Nutritional Studies, and a long history of international publications and scientific collaborations. This department is recognised worldwide as one of the premier institutes of India and unarguably the best in Western India for education in the emerging field of Biochemistry. The MSU Department of Biochemistry was awarded an Excellent status in 2006 by FIST a Government of India accreditation agency. The Department is known for its teaching and now, is slowly emerging as a center of research as well. It imparts Masters Degree courses in Biochemistry & Medical Biotechnology & boasts of very good research facilities with a force of around 50 research students working round the clock. The Biochemistry Department offers courses in enzymology, genetics, molecular biology, neuroscience, plant biochemistry, endocrinology, clinical biochemistry among others. The department is also conducting active research in diverse areas including acterial cooperation, polyketide synthase clusture, antibiotic resistance, Apoptosis, phosphate solubilization, nitrogen fixation, probiotics, heavy metal toxicity, diabetes, prostate cancer, female infertility, endophytes, magnetoliposomes, protein folding, and vitiligo. The alumni of the department have traditionally opted for a PhD and a maximum number of them are doing active research in the best labs of the world, while many do go into the industry and start a professional career early. The backbone of the department is the intellectual rigor provided by a dedicated faculty and students coming from all across the country. By the year 2003, the department had produced 90 Ph. Ds and a large number of research papers are regularly published in journals of international repute. The alumni of the department now occupy positions of great responsibility in different institutions in India and abroad. The department was funded under DST-FIST I program under which new equipments have been purchased and other infrastructure facilities are being strengthened. In the past department received support from UGC-DRS, UGC-DSA and COSIST programs. The Department has a strong base in Microbial technology and the main focus of the program is on Genetics, Molecular Biology, Industrial Microbiology, Immunology and other contemporary areas allied to Microbiology and Biotechnology. Basic training is given in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Developmental Biology, Genetic Engineering, Biochemical Engineering and some aspects of Biophysics, Biostatistics, Environmental Biology. The broad areas of research in which the department is engaged: Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering Microbiology Bioprocess Engineering Immunology, Biophysics The Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology centre The department of Microbiology started in 1964. It offers M.Sc. Microbiology course of duration 2 years and Ph. D in Microbiology. It started M.Sc. Biotechnology course (duration 2 years) in 1986. It also offers Post M.Sc Diploma in Genetic Engineering, Bioprocess Development and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) (duration 1 year). The department is also very active in research work. The broad areas of research in which the department is engaged are Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering Microbiology Bioprocess Engineering Immunology Biophysics The department has good research laboratories. Genome research Center (GRC) established in 1999 is one of the research laboratory of the department. GRC has international research collaboration: The Weizmann Institute of Science, partners under the International Centre for Cooperation in Bioinformatics, sponsored by UNESCO and supported by DBT, Govt. of India and Indian industrial partners for activities at Baroda. Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Honggerberg, Zurich (Bioprocess Development, Reactor design and bioprocess control and automation: Indo-Swiss Bilateral Collaboration in Biotechnology). International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos and Du Pont R & D, Delware (Molecular markers for mapping blast resistance, Rockefeller Foundation, USA.). Tel Aviv University, Israel: Indo-Israel S & T Cooperation (Plant SUMO conjugates — its role in biotic stress). The bioinformatics centre at the department was started in the year 1989 as a Distributed Information Sub Centre (Sub-DIC) under Biotechnology Information System network (BTISnet) of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. The centre was upgraded to a Distributed Information Centre (DIC) in the year 2004. The department is regularly funded by DBT, DST-FIST, GSFC Science Foundation for development of laboratories and purchase of new equipments. Currently department has high-end equipments like Bioinformatics dedicated server, PCR, Nano-photometer, HPLC, GC, Electron microscope etc. Oriental Institute The Oriental Institute was established in Baroda on September 1, 1927. Initially it operated from the Central Library before it was shifted in a separate building near the palace.[7] It is also known for the seven volumes of critical edition of 'Ramayana' it published between 1951 and 1975, a part of the a 25-year-long project sponsored by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The text later the reference source for the popular TV series by Ramanand Sagar, Ramayan in 1987-88. One of the oldest manuscript preserved at the institute is Ayodhya Mahatmya written by Harishankar in 1656 AD, part of the original collection of over 10,000 manuscripts of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, who first conceptualized the institute in 1893, inspired by the opening of the Oriental Research Institute Mysore in 1891, established by then Maharaja of Mysore Chamaraja Wodeyar, and a close friend.[8] University Library (Shrimati Hansa Mehta Library) The University Library Shrimati Hansa Mehta Library of M S University of Baroda was established on May 1, 1950. At the time of MSU's establishment, a collection of 25,000 books belonging to two state libraries (Huzur Political Office and Secretariat Library) was handed over to the University Library. There were several colleges in Baroda — Baroda College (for Arts), Science Institute, Commerce College, and Secondary Teacher’s Training College, etc. These colleges had libraries of their own that continued to remain as Faculty Libraries and were administered independently. Thus the University Library System was established on 5 January 1950 and housed in the central block of Old Residency Office Building. Status of library holdings are as following Smt. Hansa Mehta Library: 4,56,033 Faculty of Law Library: 7,305 Sir Sayajirao Memorial Trust (SSMT) Library: 4,56,033 Combine with H M Library Prof. T. K. Gajjar Library, Faculty of Technology & Engineering: 1,12,670 Polytechnic Library, Polytechnic College: 41,170 Faculty of Fine Arts Library: 11,195 Faculty of Management Studies Library: 5,514 M K Amin Arts & Science College and College of Commerce, Padra Library: 14,750 Faculty of Performing Arts Library: 13,077 Faculty of Social Work Library: 13,499 Center for Advance Studies in Education (C. A. S. E.) Library: 18,959 Oriental Institute Library: 49,347 Water Resources Engineering & Management Institute’s (WREMI) Library: 1,983 Baroda Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya Library: 5,244 Department of Biochemistry Library (Faculty of Science): 789 The Library is haing SOUL Software made by INFLIBNET, Records Cab be browsed online through Web OPAC. Notable alumni Chimanbhai Patel, politician Chief Minister of Gujarat Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, biologist and winner of 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Haku Shah, Gandhian and painter ajay bhatt ,, co-inventor of USB for INTEL References ^ a b "Baroda College, The Entrance [Vadodara"]. British Library. http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/apac/photocoll/b/019pho000430s24u00048000.html. Retrieved 28 October 2010.  ^ "Founder of MSU". Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda website. http://www.msubaroda.ac.in/founder.php.  ^ Khandwani 2002 ^ Gaston 1996: 158-160. ^ http://www.msubioinformatics.org ^ http://www.msubioinformatics.org/other%20pages/software%20resources.html ^ "A bit of Baroda in Mysore: Road in Sayajirao's name main market". The Times of India. Dec 28, 2009. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/A-bit-of-Baroda-in-Mysore-Road-in-Sayajiraos-name-main-market/articleshow/5389215.cms.  ^ "Oriental Institute's journey to glory". The Times of India. Oct 6, 2010. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/Oriental-Institutes-journey-to-glory/articleshow/6701996.cms.  http://www.indianmba.com/gujarat/GU9/gu9.html External links Media related to Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda at Wikimedia Commons Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Official Homepage Department of Microbiology & Biotechnology Baroda Information Hub Shrimati Hansa Mehta Library MSU Alumni Website by created by MSU Alumni v • d • e Vadodara topics History Maratha Empire · Gaekwad · British East India Company · British Raj · Baroda Residency · Bombay Presidency · Political integration of India · Bombay State · BBCI Railway · Baji Rao I · Pilaji Rao Gaekwad · Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III · Maharaja Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad · Maharaja Pratap Singh Gaekwad · Maharani Sita Devi · Indira Raje Scindia · Raja Ravi Varma · Bhimrao Ambedkar · Dadabhai Naoroji · Government Vadodara Municipal Corporation · Vadodara Urban Development Authority (VUDA) · Vadodara District Buildings and landmarks Laxmi Vilas Palace · Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum · Pratap Vilas Palace · Sayaji Baug · Makarpura Palace · Nazarbaug Palace · Nyay Mandir · Khanderao Market · Kirti Mandir · Kirti Stambh · Baroda Museum · EME Temple · Aurobindo Ashram · Hazira Maqbara Industry and commerce Bank of Baroda · ICICI Bank · Indian Oil, Gujarat Refinery · Reliance Industries, IPCL · Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (GSFC) · Larsen & Toubro · General Motors India · Sun Pharma · Apollo Tyres · Vadodara Stock Exchange Transport Vadodara Airport · Vadodara Railway Station · National Highway 8 · Vadodara-Ahmedabad Expressway · Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway Culture Navratri · Garba · Maa Aarki · Vadodara Garba · Uttarayana · IPCL Sports Complex Ground · Moti Bagh Stadium Education Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda · Baroda Engineering College (Techo), Kala Bhavan · Baroda Medical College · Railway Staff College · Faculty of Fine Arts People K.M. 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