The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU), is a university in the city of Vadodara, (Baroda). On January 8, 1879, Maharaja Sayajirao III laid foundation Stone for Baroda College (now Maharaja Sayajirao University). Originally known as the Baroda College of Science (established 1881), it became a university on 30th April 1949, after the independence of the country and later renamed after its benefactor Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the former ruler of Baroda State belonging the royal Gaekwad dynasty. It is a teaching and residential university. It is the only university in Gujarat whose medium of instruction is English for all courses.
On the Diamond Jubilee anniversary of his accession to the throne, His Highness Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad is known to have allotted large funds out of his personal as well as of the state funds for setting up a University in Baroda for the benefit of students from the rural areas of his state.
This altruistic task was eventually concluded by his grandson Sir Pratapsinghrao Gaekwad, who settled the trust as desired by his grandfather. This trust known as the Sir Sayajirao Diamond Jubilee and Memorial Trust exists today also and caters to the educational and other needs of the people of the former state of Baroda.
Baroda has attracted a wide variety of people from all over India and also from all over the world. The considerable percentage of local, national and foreign students in the extensive M S University campus lend a unique blend of cultures and nationalities to it.
MS University is the most reputed and prominent of all the educational institutions in the city which amount to over 120 public schools and over 100 private schools.
MS University has over 15 faculties and 17 residential hostels, 4 of them for women students. The university caters to over 100,000 students. There are various courses on offer, ranging from Medicine to Commerce. The university has been divided into several departments and there are number of courses offered in each of the department.
What does the M.S.U. Logo symbolizes ?
The full-blown lotus growing out of the lake symbolizes the emergence of mind and its triumph over matter. The flame rising from the center of the lotus is the flame of human knowledge, spreading light and learning for the coming generations. The motto inscribed below the lotus defines the purpose and existence of life which is love of beauty, goodness and intellectual curiosity.