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The Central University of Gujarat would make all the efforts to achieve academic excellence with social commitment by providing access to higher education with equity and equal opportunity as well as with the quality of education and its relevance in life. Therefore, the Central University of Gujarat is planning to establish Schools in the following disciplines in a phased manner:


The Central University of Gujarat is a non-affiliating univeristy focussed on reasearch and innovative teaching processes. From the academic year 2011-12, CUG has the following courses in ten schools and centres.

School Course/Degree Areas of Studies
School of Social SciencesM.Phil/Ph.D
  1. Science, Society and Development
  2. Economics
  3. Gandhian Thought and Peace Studies
  4. Society and Development
M.A. (Two Years)
  1. Society and Development
  2. Political Science
M.A. (Five Years Integrated )Social Management
School of Language, Literature and Culture StudiesM.Phil/Ph.D
  1. Comparative Literature
  2. Hindi Language and Literature
M.A. (Two Years)
  1. English
  2. Chinese Language and Culture
  3. Germen Studies
  4. Gujarati Language and Literature
School of EducationM.Phil/Ph.D [M.Phil. Discontinued from 2020-21]Education
School of National Security Studies M.PhilSecurity Studies
Ph.DSecurity Studies
M.A.M.A. in Defence and Strategic Studies
School of International StudiesM.Phil & Ph.DInternational Politics
M.A. (Two Years)M.A. in Politics and International Relations
School of Chemical Sciences
  1. M.Phil/PhD
  2. M.Sc (Two Years)
Chemical Sciences
Certificate Course (3 months)Analytical Techniques for Visually Challenged
School of Life SciencesM.Phil/Ph.DLife Sciences
School of Environment and Sustainable Development M.Phil/Ph.DEnvironment and Sustainable Development
School of Nano Science
  1. M.Phil/Ph.D
  2. M.Sc (Two Years)
Nano Sciences
School of Library & Information Science
  1. M.Phil/Ph.D
  2. M.Sc (Two Years)
Masters in Library and Information Science
Special CentresM.Phil/Ph.DDiaspora Studies
M.ScApplied Chemistry


  1. Core Courses: Will be in the subject of specialization in UG/PG Programme including their status of national and international knowledge.
  2. Elective Courses: Would be chosen by the students as per their aptitude from any center/school of the University or even outside of the university.
  3. Supportive Courses: These courses would be in soft skills, life skills including communication, personality development etc.
  4. Social Orientation Courses: These courses would provide value - addition to students like national integration, environmental conservational,democratic value etc.


For long, educational institutions have had the format of academic session, spread over 10 to 12 months. This format suffers from several limitations, which is why most institutions of higher education in Western Europe and North America follow a semester-based system. The semester system goes far beyond being a ‘time-format’. It enlarges curricular space, and encourages and supports accelerated learning opportunities for all concerned. Further, it has the ability to accommodate diverse choices that dynamic and motivated students may like to have.

In view of this, the Central University of Gujarat would have semester system. The students would be offered choice based credit system.


CBCS is a flexible system of learning. ‘Credit’ defines the quantum of contents / syllabus prescribed for a course and determines the number of hours of instruction required. The distinguishing feature of CNCS are the following.

  • Learn at their own pace
  • Choose electives from a wide range of elective courses offered by the university departments
  • Undergo additional courses and acquire more than the required number of credits
  • Adopt an inter-disciplinary approach in learning
  • Make best use of the expertise of available faculty

  • They would be encouraged to take other courses different from their discipline of study. The students would also be encouraged to take courses from other Central Universities on the basis of credit transfer. The efforts would be made to introduce the Project Work even for the subjects other than natural sciences. Moreover, among other things, the students have to give seminars, write term papers etc as a part of their academic curriculum.


    The Central University is temporarily located in Gandhinagar.