The vision of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, as envisaged in the University Act, is to contribute to the field of higher education in the region and enable its inclusive development in all walks of life by making available trained personnel in various branches of human knowledge, keeping in mind the larger goals of nation-building. The University is committed to maintaining high standards in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, promoting research and undertaking the requisite extension activities that would reach out to every section of society. In consonance with its motto, “Satyam Gyanam Anantam”, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University has endeavoured to be an institution of excellence in higher education since its existence, keeping in view the regional needs and the emerging trends in the global scenario. The University, awarded B++ by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council in 2004 and re-accredited 'B' with 2.82 CGPA in 2011, was originally established under the South Gujarat University Act, 1965 passed by the Gujarat State Legislative Assembly. It became functional from the academic year of 1966 and was incorporated as a University on 23 May, 1967. Recognized by the University Grants Commission in 1968, it was renamed as Veer Narmad South Gujarat University in 2004 after the great Gujarat poet Veer Narmad whose real name was Narmadshankar Lalshankar Dave. The mandate of the University is to meet the developmental needs of the seven districts and one Union Territory in the region and realize their potential in every walk of life ranging from technology, business, industry and commerce to language, culture, and fine arts. The basic objectives of the University as envisaged by the University Act are:
•Undergraduate and Post-graduate teaching, maintaining their high standards, and award of degrees to the candidates successful in their respective examinations.
•Promotion of research and extension activities relevant to the requirements of the region in accordance with the interests of nation building.
The University’s jurisdiction extends to the seven districts of Surat, Navasari, Valsad, Narmada, Dangs, Bharuch and Tapi and the Union Territory of Daman. The University has 79 Grant-in-aid Colleges, 146 Self-financed Colleges/institutions and 100 Post-graduate Teaching Centres attached to affiliated colleges. There are 22 Post Graduate Departments and Self Finance Programme on the University campus that offers various courses with multiple specializations, besides M.Phil and Ph.D. There are 24 Self Financed Programmes on the campus. The University offers 119 Graduate and 35 Post Graduate Programmes in all, including self-financed programmes. There are over one lakh students currently enrolled in various courses in the University.A semi-urban University located on the outskirts of the Surat city, the University has a campus spread over 210 acres. Over 3000 students study on the campus. The University has faculties of Arts, Commerce, Science, Education, Management Studies, Rural Studies, Engineering and Technology, Medicine, Law and new constituted Computer Science, Homoeopathy and Architecture. In pursuance of its vision, the University offers an academic environment conducive for the all-round development of its students. All the departments emphasize interdisciplinary areas of study that can open up possibilities in new fields of research. Several major and minor research projects are underway in various departments. All the departments have their own computer laboratories and departmental libraries. The central library with over 1.72 lakh books subscribe to over 242 national and international journals and 6000 e-journals.Placement cells in departments such as Department of Business and Industrial Management (DBIM), Computer Science, Economics, Human Resource Development help students in securing employment in leading companies. An extension of the State Government Employment Exchange also functions on the campus.The University campus houses 80 buildings that include 6 Boys' Hostels and 5 Girls' Hostels, besides a Gymnasium, a Health Centre, an Indoor Stadium and residential quarters for its staff. With new facilities like Day Care Centre being added, the infrastructure of the University is being continuously augmented to serve its students and faculty effectively. The fitness centre, the basket ball court and playground with tracks add to the sports facilities available to students on the campus. Departments like Business and Industrial Management, Computer Science, Rural Studies, Research Methodology & HRD, Chemistry, M.Sc. (I. T) and Mass Communication and Journalism have their own independent buildings.