Established in 1881 originally as Baroda College of Science, Maharaja Sayajirao University Vadodara actually became a university in 1949 after the country became independent. It was named so after the former ruler of Baroda, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III who belonged to the Gaekwad dynasty of Marathas. It was constructed in order to meet the demands of the people who longed for a completely distinct university. Before this university, all the colleges offering higher education were affiliated to some University which was located very far away. I was really proud for getting the opportunity to visit this historical and well-equipped University.
This university offers both academic teaching and a residence to its students. It is a university that exclusively offers every course with English as a medium. Various tabloids rank it to be one of the top ten universities in the country. These tabloids include the famous India Today and Hindustan Times. The faculty of arts, which is also the prime building of the university, was conceptualized by Robert Fellowes Chisholm. The dome that is above the convocation hall was inspired by the dome of Gol Gumbaz situated in Bijapur. A local person told me that the logo of the university i.e. full blown Lotus with a centre flame, showed the mind’s triumph over matter with a burning flame of human knowledge illuminating everything.
Fine arts, including classical dance and music are the pride of this university as the Maharaja himself was a patron of classical Indian music. There exists a faculty of economics, faculty of law, faculty of psychology, faculty of family and community sciences, faculty of management studies, faculty social work and many others. The university is well endowed with every facility and is completely sound in all the latest technologies needed at disposal in the academic process.
I was inspired enough to wish I was a part of the Maharaja Sayajirao University Vadodara but it was only too late I realized how unlucky I was to not have been aware of its presence in the country. Well, it was time for my last stop in Vadodara, the Kirti Temple.