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
GVM was conceptualised as a rural university
67 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
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 a primary and four senior secondary schools, GVM assisted 53
surrounding villages through – centres of basic
literacy for rural boys and girls since three
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, outreach
programmes, among others have
flourished during the last 67 years.
GVM's higher educational programmes started
in 1953 through Basic Teachers' Training
College, offering the TTC course, as it existed
then. The course was replaced by Basic STC in
1954. 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 July2002.
Its educational facilities include a multi-faculty
college for girls and co-education colleges in
education, colleges of life science, management,
engineering and humanities and
ayurveda college including panchkarm, yoga,
paramedical and other related departments..
There are separate hostels for boys and girls,
accommodating 1,000 students. AC rooms are
also available on demand.
The IASE deemed University, a NAAC accredited
institute, is the core constituent of GVM,
entrusted with the higher education portfolio, providing requisite autonomy and support.