01 Jun 2021 20:37 IST

CEPT University, six others in Gujarat accorded Center of Excellence status

The move will help institutions boost prospects for international exchange, research and innovation

CEPT University along with six others have been accorded in-principle status of Center of Excellence (COE) by the Government of Gujarat. CEPT University had applied for the COE status in July 2020.

Dr Bimal Patel, President – CEPT University said, “It is a proud moment for all of us. I want to congratulate Government of Gujarat for being the first state in the country to recognize institutions of excellence.” He added further that the step will deepen the culture of excellence in education in the state and serve as a model for other states to emulate.

At a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the seven universities including Nirma University, Charusat University, Ahmedabad University, Marwadi University, PDPU University, CEPT University and DA-IICT were accorded the in-principal status as 'Centre of Excellence'.

Enhancing quality

“These seven universities with their COE status will prepare an action plan to contribute at the international level. This will further enhance the quality of education in universities with global touch,” said the Chief Minister. The COE status will also help these universities develop the infrastructure including library, laboratories, classroom, hostels, and faculties at par with the international level.

The decision will boost prospects for higher education, research, innovation and start-ups besides international exchange to benefit students with international best practices. The seven universities will prepare the action plan and submit for review before the Chief Minister.

CEPT's Dr Patel said, “The in-principle recognition as a Center of Excellence, and the autonomy that comes with it, is a big responsibility. We would like to strengthen our efforts towards having a means blind admissions process — which means that no student should lose the opportunity of studying at CEPT due to lack of financial means.”