Chunilal Gandhi Vidhyabhavan

Director's Message

“Ancient Knowledge is a unique resource of our country and it is essential to leverage it both for our national well being and to mark our global presence”- Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Chunilal Gandhi Vidyabhavan is one of the oldest Institutes of Higher Learning and Research in Surat, South Gujarat, India. It is dedicated to Research Scholars in general, and to College Teachers and Students of the Sarvajanik Education Society, in particular.

The Institute has a very rich library with the collection of more than 8000 valuable books. Out of these, many of them are rare books and few are out of prints too. Besides print books, it has a very rich collection of about 3000 Manuscripts. These manuscripts are around 350-400 years old. These manuscripts are classified, and also their catalogues have been prepared. These catalogues are published in annual bulletin of Institute. The Manuscripts have been digitised with the support of National Mission for Manuscripts, Ministry of culture and tourism, New Delhi.

The library aims to provide pro active and innovative information services to the research community. Further, the Institute cordially invites Research Scholars to visit its library and make use of the invaluable resources for their research projects.

The Institute offers limited help and guidance to Research Scholars in the areas of Indology, Culture, History and Gujarati/Sanskrit/Hindi Language and Literature as well as Economics and Commerce. Interaction between Research Guides and Research Scholars may be arranged. Standard Research Work can also be submitted to the Institute for the purpose of publication. The Institute has so far published 61 books, out of which 3 have received State Level Awards.

The Institute periodically arranges Academic Lectures, Seminars and Symposia.  Academicians and Research Scholars are cordially invited to participate in these academic activities. Those who desire to share their research experience are welcome to deliver lectures and present seminars. The Institute is equipped to arrange such events.

The Institute also publishes an Annual Bulletin. Total 46 issues of the annual bulletin have been published till date. Research Scholars are requested to contribute their Papers, Articles and Summaries of Research Projects for the Annual Bulletin.

I cordially invite research scholars to visit our institute and explore the knowledge embedded in these ancient manuscripts.


Dr. Meeta Vansadia (Rathod)