Anand Agricultural University (AAU) is located in the western Indian state of Gujarat between the cities of Vadodara and Ahmedabad. This was formerly the Anand Campus of Gujarat Agricultural University, which is now independent. It has three constituent colleges, for agriculture, veterinary science and animal husbandry and dairy science. The jurisdiction of the university covers Kheda, Anand, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Dahod and Panchmahal districts. It was set up to provide education support to the farming community in areas such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Engineering, Information technology and Business Studies. The university aims to promote development in rural areas through education, research and support services.
Anand Agricultural University was previously a part of Gujarat Agricultural University, a benchmark project initiated by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and K. M.Munshi by incorporating Krushi-Go-Vidhya Bhavan or the Institute of Agriculture, in 1938. The Institute was popularly known as Khetiwadi; it became part of Gujarat Agricultural University in 1972.
The B. A. College of Agriculture, established in 1947, was affiliated to Bombay University until 1956, then with Gujarat University until 1962 and is now linked with Sardar Patel University along with the Sheth M.C College of Dairy Science. In 1972 they became integral institutions of Gujarat Agricultural University along with the Government College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Anand, which was established in 1964. The College of Agricultural Information Technology and College of Food Processing Technology and Bio Energy was formed in 2009.
The activities of the Anand zone of the erstwhile Gujarat Agricultural University have been transferred to the newly established Anand Agricultural University with effect from 2004 with three colleges - B. A. College of Agriculture, the Sheth M. C. College of Dairy Science] the Government College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Anand, 17 research stations, 1 extension education institute and 22 extension education centers.