In 1994, Padma Shri Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel, the founder of the Nirma Group of Industries and Internationally acknowledged entrepreneur, crystallized his long cherished dream of establishing world class institutions for professional educations in Gujarat. He founded the Nirma Education and Research Foundation (NERF), which, has established many leading institutions offering undergraduate, post- graduate and Doctor level programs. Functioning under the aegis of NERF, the university presently includes Institute of Technology, Institute of Management, Institute of Pharmacy, Institute of Law, Institute of Science, Institute of Architecture, Institute of Commerce and Institute Design. All these institutions have emerged as centers of excellence in their respective disciplines with a vision to impart high quality of education. The Nirma University was established under and 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 Grand Commission (UGC) under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act.
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 among the top 25 Business Schools in 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 (5 year integrated) program. A doctoral program in external as well as full-time formats 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 the USA, Germany, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia. The institute has established close ties with the industry through its various programmes as well as consulting and training interface.