Few men in history have made as dramatic a contribution to their country's economic fortunes as did the founder of Reliance, Sh. Dhirubhai H Ambani. Fewer still have left behind a legacy that is more enduring and timeless.
As with all great pioneers, there is more than one unique way of describing the true genius of Dhirubhai: The corporate visionary, the unmatched strategist, the proud patriot, the leader of men, the architect of India's capital markets, the champion of shareholder interest.
But the role Dhirubhai cherished most was perhaps that of India's greatest wealth creator. In one lifetime, he built, starting from the proverbial scratch, India's largest private sector enterprise.
Intellectual competitiveness is critical to India achieving global leadership in the information age. To build intellectual competitiveness, investment in education is an imperative. Technology education is critical ecause technology is impacting life, living and living systems like never before. Thus, technology education is like a cradle to global leadership.
India can exploit the spiraling need for technology professionals and change her economic and social landscape dramatically. India's present technology professional resource base is grossly inadequate. India will need to create ten times the current resource base to succeed in the knowledge economy.
The Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT) is inspired by this vision of building intellectual competitiveness for India.
The DA-IICT at Gandhinagar represents Wave-4 of educational innovation in Gujarat.
The first wave was the nationalist wave and led to Gandhian experiments in education including Nai Talim. The Gujarat Vidyapith established in 1920 was a hybrid model of a university based on Gandhian principles.
The second wave led to the establishment of a whole range of educational institutions in Gujarat, mainly private colleges
The third wave, an inspired one, was spearheaded by the industrialist Kasturbhai Lalbhai and the scientist Vikram Sarabhai and led to the establishment of a network of national institutes of international renown. A whole array of remarkable intellectuals provided the leadership of these institutes.
It was in Wave 4 when the focus shifted to higher education and private participation. One of the institutes created during this period is DA-IICT. It is a University under the State Act of Gujarat. The DA-IICT was established in Gandhinagar in 2001. It is the only advanced institute named after the Late Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Group.
An act of the Gujarat Legislature provided for the establishment of the DA-IICT and conferred on it the status of a university. (Gujarat Government Gazette Volume XLIV, Thursday, 6 March, 2003)
On 30 November 2004, the DA-IICT as a private university was included in the list of universities maintained by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956. (UGC, Website -www.ugc.ac.in)
UGC Letter of Notification
DA-IICT is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as approved by the AIU in its 84th Annual Meeting held during 12-14 November 2009.
The institute is a non-affiliating university and does not receive any aid or other financial assistance from the Central or State Government.
The architecture of DA-IICT is functional, but what surrounds it is a fascinating garden. The entire design was oriented to "Preserving the Environment". The different blocks are located such that there is minimum damage to trees. Most of the 2566 trees chosen are indigenous varieties. The lawn area measures roughly 50,000 square meters with 3900 square meters of wild St Augustine grass. 3400 Bamboos were planted to mask the concrete. Next to the library stands the herb garden with 35 varieties of rare medicinal plants. The entire landscape was planned and developed in a manner that no excess rainwater is lost and all irrigation is carried out with recycled water. Over 30 species of birds are observed in the campus.
To facilitate a gender-sensitive and congenial working environment at
DA-IICT so that women in the campus are not subjected to gender specific discrimination or sexual harassment.
Dr. Radha Parikh
DA-IICT, Near Indroda Circle