The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU), originally founded in 1881 as the “Baroda College” evolved to become a premier unitary residential centre of learning, instated as a University on 30th April, 1949. Accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with an ‘A’ Grade and CGPA of 3.16 in the year 2016, MSU is the only State University in Gujarat with English as its medium of instruction. Scaling the continuum from Early Childhood to Doctoral level education, Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for students in UG and PG courses is offered in a multiplicity of subject areas. The rich legacy of MSU is adorned by the names of Nobel Laureate Dr. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Sri Aurobindo, Bharat Ratna Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Gyanpith awardee Shri Rajendra Shah, Dr. I. G. Patel, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Professor K. G. Subramanyan and many more. MSU continues to carry forward the legacy of its distinguished founders and alumni through sustained scholarly pursuits.
Department of Sociology :
The Department of Sociology at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda came into existence in June 1951. It was founded by the eminent sociologist, the late Professor M. N. Srinivas who was also its first Head. Under the able guidance of Prof. Srinivas and Prof. I. P. Desai, the Department earned a name, and gained academic stature for teaching and research in the subject of Sociology in India, and has over the years continued to build and maintain its reputation and contribution in the field. As an active research department, during the last decades, several projects, with national/international funding and/or collaboration were completed. The Department attracts students from all parts of the country, and has instituted the Professor M. N. Srinivas Scholarship for Postgraduate students, and the Professor I.P. Desai Scholarship for Undergraduate students.
Vadodara (or Baroda as it is commonly known) is an educational, industrial, and commercial hub, as well as a beautiful and peaceful city. It owes its educational institutions, masterpieces of architecture, and innately well planned civic amenities to the vision of its late ruler, Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III (1875-1939 AD) who laid the very early foundation for Vadodara’s reputation as Gujarat’s cultural capital. Located 106 kms. southeast of Ahmedabad, a little over an hour’s drive along National Expressway 1, Vadodara’s own World Heritage, Champaner - Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a fascinating centre of attraction nearby. Vadodara is on the major rail and road arteries and has a modern airport with a new integrated international terminal. The climate in Vadodara in mid December is pleasant.