UNESCO report for 21st century titled ‘Learning the Treasure within’ emphased on learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be. Gandhi&39; s holistic vision includes all these four elements in 1920. When Gujarat Vidyapith completed 100 years of establishment, it is interesting to know the direction it has taken till 1947 that is India it work for independence mainly political independence and after that it&39;s a has been cultivating Students for rural alternative development and thereby regenerating the nation. In 1963 Gujarat Vidyapith was recognised by the
University Grants Commission as Deemed to be university. The rural Institute started its campuses in villages of Shahdara and Randheja in 1977. The bachelor program was started in these rural campuses. In 2023, once again the three campuses have been merged at Ahmedabad. Economics has remained as one of the fundamental subjects right from the Inception of the institute The department has been named as Rural Economics department right from the beginning with a clear understanding as Gandhi had rightly pointed out that real India lived in its villages and one of the objectives of Gujarat Vidyapith has been to train youth for Gram Swaraj. The department has been imparting education to its students in this direction. Even today theoretical understanding and its practice are equally important. The pedagogy has been emphasized in the new education policy of 2022
The syllabus of department was decided by scholars like Acharya Gidwani, Aacharya Kripalani, J.C. Kumarappa, Narhari Parikh and Vithaldas Kothari. It has changed over times, keeping the essence intact.In initial period, the unit called Sampatti Shastra was not the translation of Adam Smith’s Wealth
of Nations, but was translated from Bhate from Marathi. The first textbook of Economics in Guajarati language was Manav Arthshastra by Narhari Parikh, the key to increase the quality of our education lies in Swadeshi textbooks.
The vision based on the path taken in the present on the firm foundations of past.Designing Alternative paradigm for Sustainable Rural Development.
- Keeping in mind the emerging economic situation from the perspective of Holistic world view, the department of Rural Economics aims to focus on the probable alternatives for Samposhit Development.
- The relationship between economics and ethics works both ways. While economic concepts were dent with ethical implications, ethics too must descend from the clouds and become ‘good economics.
- ‘No person in the world has found it possible to maintain something which is a source of constant economic loss’. (Ajit Dasgupta, p. 7)
- The department of Language and Literature was established in the year 1963. For the initial couple of years it ran only undergraduate programme. After, 1965, postgraduate and PhD programmes were introduced.