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Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (or PDPU) is a private state university in Gujarat, established through PDPU Act, a legislature passed by Gujarat state assembly in 2007. The university is located at Raisan village of Gandhinagar city in an area known as the Knowledge Corridor, and it is near the upcoming GIFT City. It is 8 km from Gujarat state capital Gandhinagar, and 23 km from Gujarat's largest city Ahmedabad.

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
Hindi: पंडित दीनदयाल पेट्रोलियम यूनिवर्सिटी
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University logo.jpg
Motto in English
A Reservoir of Knowledge
Established 2007
Affiliation University Grants Commission (India)
Chairman Dr. Mukesh Ambani (સૌરાષ્ટ્રનો સાવજ)
President Yash Patel
Director Prof. T Kishen Kumar Reddy
Students 3200
Location Raisan Village, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
Campus 100 acres (0.40 km2)
Website www.pdpu.ac.in

The university is ranked 55th in India and 1st in Gujarat by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.[1] PDPU has also been awarded Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) recognition by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India.[2]

The university has four schools, located on the same campus. The schools include the School of Petroleum Technology, School of Technology, School of Petroleum Management, and School of Liberal Studies. The Director General of PDPU is Prof. T Kishen Kumar Reddy. The President of University Board of Governors is Dr. Mukesh Ambani and the Chairman of the Standing Committee is Shri D. Rajagopalan, IAS (Retd.), Government of Gujarat.[3][4]

The university also has its own 1 megawatt solar power plant.[5] The Government of Gujarat has decided to set up an international Centre of Excellence in Automobile at PDPU with investment of Rs. 150 Crores (US$ 25M) in joint venture with Maruti Suzuki India Ltd(MSIL).[6]

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HistoryEdit

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) has been established by Gujarat energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) as a Private University through the State Act enacted on 4 April 2007.[7]

The University is recognised by UGC (University Grants Commission)[8] and is a member of AIU (Association of Indian Universities).[9]The university has been accredited with Grade A by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council [10] In March 2018, Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar announced that the University Grants Commission (India) has granted autonomy to PDPU, making it the only of two private universities in India to have accorded this autonomy.[11] Henceforth university will have the freedom to start new courses, off campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programs. It will also give it the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive based emoluments to the faculty, enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programs.[12]

SchoolsEdit

The 4 schools of PDPU offer both niche programs as well as programs of general interest, covering UG, PG and Doctoral programs in Management, Humanities, and Engineering:

 
Students on PDPU Campus
  • School of Technology (2010) offers 4-years B.Tech. Engineering programs in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Chemical, Ict and computer science .In 2017 it started offering computer engineering. It also offers 2-years M.Tech and Ph.D. programs in the same streams. It additionally offers M.Tech. in Nuclear Technology (This was earlier offered under a separate School of Nuclear Energy, which was merged with School of Technology from 2013). It also offers 2-years M.Tech. and Ph.D. programs in Solar Engineering.
  • School of Petroleum Management (2006) offers 2-years MBA and Executive MBA programs with specializations in Energy and Infrastructure, Operations, Marketing, HR and Finance.
  • School of Petroleum Engineering (2007) offers 4-years B.Tech, 2-years M.Tech, and Ph.D. programs in upstream & downstream Petroleum Engineering.
  • School of Liberal Studies (2009) offers: UG honors degree programs in Humanities, Management, Science and Commerce viz. Business Administration, Economics, English Literature, International Relations, Public Policy & Administration, Psychology, Mass Communication, Commerce, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. It also offers 2-years MA Programs in English Literature, Public Policy & Administration, and International Relations; as well as Ph.D. programs in the same areas.

Campus and InfrastructureEdit

The campus is located at 14 km from the Ahmedabad Airport[13] and 21 km from Ahmedabad's Kalupur Railway Station.[14] It is 3 km off the main road connecting Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad Airport, Ahmedabad. The university is spread across a lush green pollution-free 100 acres campus with very good biodiversity. The entire space is dotted with lots of mango trees,[15] and the campus houses 18 different varieties of birds.

The university started with a single building and then over the years, expanded infrastructure to four large administrative blocks, an auditorium block, hostel blocks, cafeteria block, sports grounds, and manicured gardens.

 
Block D (View from Lawn)
 
Block-D and Suck er Rod Pump
 
Block C,D to Canteen

The entire area is walled with 4 access points, is CCTV monitored, and tobacco-free. On-campus facilities (apart from classrooms and offices) include SBI Branch, pharmacy, stationery store, resident daytime doctor, 24x7 doctor-on-call, ambulance, travel desk and campus store.

 
PDPU Main Entrance
 
Aerial view of Block C and Auditorium Complex

Office of Research and Sponsored ProgramsEdit

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides support for the free and responsible conduct of investigative, scholarly and creative activities, including support from the initial stages of proposal development to grants management, publication, and the transfer of technology. It provides internally funded grants, pre-award and post-award support for externally funded grants and offer education and support information on grant compliance and the responsible conduct of research.

International CollaborationsEdit

The university pursues active partnerships and collaborates with foreign universities through MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding). Partnership includes Summer student Exchange Program, and Co-operation in academics. Currently active partnerships include:

 
Adam Gilchrist (University of Wollongong) at PDPU
 
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Washington & Jefferson College, Memorial University, Edith Cowan University, University of Bahrain, University of Manitoba, University of Wollongong, University of Alberta, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma University, University of Houston, Georgia Institute of Technology, Texas A&M, University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Western University, University of Trinidad & Tobago

SportsEdit

 
PDPU Cricket Ground

PDPU campus has sporting facilities and boys and girls teams in Basketball, Volleyball, Cricket, Tennis, Football, Kabaddi, Table Tennis, Badminton, Athletics, Taekwondo, Ultimate frisbee, Kho-Kho, Chess and Carrom.

Petrocup is the annual sporting event, an inter-university contest with almost 5000 participants competing for the top position from 100+ campuses in India and abroad.

Notable FacultyEdit

ReferencesEdit

14. http://spt.pdpu.ac.in/student-chapters.html

External linksEdit