Padma Shri Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel, founder of the Nirma Group of Industries eventuate his dream of encouraging professional education in Gujarat by establishing world class institutions. He founded the Nirma Education and Research Foundation (NERF), under which institutions offering undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes are established. Considering the quality of education being imparted, the Nirma University was established under the act passed by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Gujarat in April 2003.The University has been recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 2(f) of the UGC Act. The University is duly accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The University is a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). The Nirma University presently includes Institute of Technology, Institute of Management, Institute of Pharmacy, Institute of Architecture, Institute of Science and Institute of Law.
The foundation of the Institute of Management was laid with a mission to be one of the best B-Schools in the Asia –Pacific region and promoting excellence in management education. The institute ranks amongst the top 25 Business Schools of India. The Institute’s flagship program is the residential two year MBA program. The Institute also offers an MBA in Family Business and Entrepreneurship and a BBA-MBA (Five Year Integrated) program. Doctoral program, Full Time as well as External, is offered by the institute. In addition to these programmes, Executive Diploma Programs, Management Development Programs, In-House Training Programs, and consulting services are also offered by the institute. The Institute has linkages with foreign institutes in USA, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, and Malaysia. The Institute has established close ties with the industry through its various programs.
The Institute organizes ANVESH - Doctoral Conference in Management every year since 2005. It provides a platform to the doctoral students from different areas of business management to directly interact with peers, exchange ideas and discuss methodological and theoretical issues. As a part of conference, Research Clinics and Research Workshops are also conducted. It assists doctoral students in the pursuit of their research, as they get valuable feedback and suggestions from experts.