The Maharaja Sayajirao University is a premium institution in the city of Vadodara, in Gujarat. The University has evolved from the Baroda College (1881) which was one of the oldest and most respected centres of education in western India. It was later renamed after its benefactor Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the former ruler of Baroda State. The present Maharaja Sayaji Rao University has lived up to the name of its predecessor and done justice to the great Gaekwad dynasty to whom it owes its existence. Apart from being an educational institution, it is also a heritage site.
The university is built upon 275 acres of land and boasts of 14 faculties including arts, commerce, education and psychology, family and community sciences, fine arts, journalism and communication, law, management studies, medicine, performing arts, science, social work, technology and engineering, and pharmacy. The Institution has become a paragon in the field of education with 90 departments, 3 constitutional colleges and several other centres which provide education at varying levels starting from kindergarten to PhD. It is also spreading its wings towards more modern subjects like fashion designing, catering technology and hotel management to keep pace with the times.
Originally known as the Baroda College of Science, it became a university in 1949 after the independence of the country. It is a teaching and residential university and the only university in Gujarat whose medium of instruction is English for all courses. Currently, more than 1200 well-qualified staff members and 1500 administrative staff and more than 35000 students have created a whole new world of learning inside the historical campus of Maharaja Sayaji Rao University. All-in-all, the Maharaja Sayaji Rao University is a well-established learning centre where students get ready for the modern world in the very lap of a great historical heritage.