Established in 1994 by the founder of the Nirma Group of Industries and an internationally acknowledged entrepreneur, Padma Shri Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel crystallized his long cherished dream of establishing world class institutions for professional education in Gujarat. He founded the Nirma Education and Research Foundation (NERF), which, in turn, has established many leading institutions offering undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level programs. Functioning under the aegis of NERF, the university presently includes Institute of Technology, Institute of Management, Institute of Pharmacy, Institute of Architecture, Institute of Science and Institute of Law. All these institutions have emerged as centers of excellence offering various programs ranging from undergraduate to doctoral levels in technology and engineering, management, pharmacy, science and law. 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. This development witnessed the merging of all the institutes under the NERF into a single entity of Nirma University. The University has been recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGCO under section 2(f) of the UGC Act.
The Institute of Management was established with a mission to be one of the best B-Schools in the Asia –Pacific region by promoting excellence in management education. The institute ranks amongst the top 20 Business Schools of India. The Institute’s flagship program is the residential two year MBA program. It also offers an MBA in Family Business and Entrepreneurship and a BBA-MBA (Five Year Integrated) program. Doctoral program external as well as full time is also offered by the institute. In addition, several 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.