Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) deemed University is a constituent of Gandhi
Vidya Mandir (GVM), a duly registered public charitable society established in 1950. It is like an
Oasis amidst the desert terrain of Thar, near Sardarshahr, District Churu, Rajasthan.
Sardarshahr is well-connected by rail and road – 330
kms west of Delhi, 135 kms east of Bikaner and 260
kms north of Jaipur. The 1,000-acre University
campus is a vast and verdant oasis amidst an ocean of
desert sands and barren land. It is dotted with a
multitude of impressive buildings, expansive parks,
gardens and playfields. The environment is healthy
GVM was founded by Late Shri Kanhaiyalal Dugar,
who, after embracing 'sanyas', came to be known as
Swami Shri Ramsharanji. He was a man of vision and
dedication, an embodiment of universal humanism.
He dedicated his life to the cause of education and
upliftment of the downtrodden. Inspired by
Mahatma Gandhi, he became an exponent of nonviolence
and universal brotherhood. The institution
practices no caste, creed or clan divide.
GVM was conceptualised as a rural university 62
years ago. The foundation stone of its University
building was laid by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first
President of India, in 1955. GVM is a conglomerate of
various public welfare activities, rural development
and educational institutions, including IASE deemed
The services of GVM in the field of education were honoured through the conferment of 'PC Sen National
Centennial Award' by the then President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma; and 'Firoz Gandhi Saadgi
Sammaan' by the First Gentleman of India Shri Devi Singh Patil and Governor, Bhishma Narayan Singh;
'Distinguished Educational Institution Award' by Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Shri Karia Munda.
The nature and scope of GVM’s activities are extensive. There is a cluster of three social welfare programmes,
aimed to serve the physically challenged, underprivileged and the aged. Apart from two primary and three
senior secondary schools, GVM assisted 53 surrounding villages through – centres of basic literacy for rural
boys and girls in the same age group, in the last two decades. It ran 12 primary schools and 45 adult education
centres in different villages, benefitting over 10,000 rural children and adults, including girls and women. In
short, GVM’s outreach programmes have been innovative and beneficial to the socially, financially and
geographically-disadvantaged segments. In fact, GVM is the central organization around which a cluster of
schools, rural centres, out-reach programmes, among others have flourished during the last 62 years.
GVM's higher educational programmes started in
1953 through Basic Teachers' Training College,
offering the TTC course, as it existed then. In 1954,
the course was replaced by Basic STC. The degree
courses started in 1956, postgraduate studies in
1960, and research (Ph.D) programmes in 1968.
The 'Institute of Advanced Studies in Education',
one of the premier Institutes in the country today,
came into being under the Government of India's
Scheme of Education in 1993. It was formally
declared as 'Deemed to be University' by the
Government of India under Section 3 of the UGC
Act, 1956 vide notification F.9-29/2000-U.3 of 25th
June 2002, and UGC notification F.6-25/2001 (CPP-I)
of 17th July 2002.
Its educational facilities include a multi-faculty
college for girls and co-education colleges in
education, panchkarma, yoga, ayurveda,
paramedical, life sciences, management,
engineering and humanities. There are separate
hostels for boys and girls, accommodating 1,000
students. AC rooms are also available on demand.
The IASE deemed University, an NS.EN ISO
9001:2000 certified organization, is the core
constituent of GVM, entrusted with the higher
education portfolio, providing requisite autonomy
IASE Deemed University Convocation
L to R: Prof. MGK Menon (Eminent Scientist), Shri Arjun Singh (Union HRD Minister), Shri Jyoti Basu (Veteran
Leader and Politician),
Dr. LM Singhvi (Chancellor of GVM), Shri Milap Dugar (Vice Chancellor of IASE), Shri RP
Goenka (MP and philanthropist) and
Gen. (Retd.) Shankar Roychowdhary (MP), Prof. Menon, Gen. Roychowdhary
and Shri Goenka were conferred Doctorate Honoris Causa.