The Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) was sponsored by a non-governmental, Non-profit-motive making registered society, namely, Gandhi Vidya Mandir (GVM). The Government of India has accorded it the formal recognition of Deemed to be University, under Section 3 of the UGC Act-1956 vide notification F.9-29/2000-U.3 of 25th June 2002, and by the UGC vide notification F.6-25/2001 (CPP-I) of 17th July 2002.
The University is nestled like an oasis in the Thar desert, near the town of Sardarshahr in India ’s north-western state of Rajasthan. It is about 300 km west of Delhi , 125 km east of Bikaner and 250 km north of Jaipur (connected by rail and road). GVM has its own triad of helipads.
GVM was founded in 1950, on a 1190- acre piece of land, on one of the harshest and most backward terrains. Acutely prone to droughts, heat and cold waves, epidemics and other travesties of nature, GVM has striven to alleviate the acute backwardness through various permanent and adhoc programmes of education, culture, livelihood, health and hygiene, vocations etc.
There is no discrimination on the lines of caste, creed, class, colour or ideological or political learning. The rich cultural and spiritual heritage of India and propagation of Gandhian ideals of Ahimsa, Sarvoday and Universal Brotherhood are given due importance in the curricular, as well as periodical, programmes.
GVM was the vision of Shri Kanhaiyalal Dugar who later embraced sanyas and came to be known as Swami Shri Ramsharanji, an embodiment of universal humanism. He, with the blood and sweat of many devoted social workers, philanthropists, students and staff, created this epitome of emulative excellence in human endeavor. Shri Dugar dedicated his entire life and all his personal wealth to the cause of education and up-liftment of the down-trodden.
IASE (Deemed to be University) of GVM boost resident / non-resident students, from UG to Ph.D.level. There is a separate multi-faculty colleges for girls and co-educational colleges in Life Sciences, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences and Education.
There are well-planned hostel (A.C./Air-cooled also) for 1000 students, separate for boys and girls, amidst a self-contained colony of academicians. The sprawling 1000 acres university campus is a verdant oasis in the lap of an intense desert. It is dotted by large parks, gardens, playgrounds, auditoria, cultural and spiritual centres.
GVM was conceptualized and nurtured as a University. The studies in education started in 1953, through its Basic Teacher’s Training College . The degree courses started in 1956, postgraduate in 1958 and the facility for Ph.D was added in 1968. ‘The Institute of Advanced Studies in Education’ came into being under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Education in 1993.
The new millennium heralded the dawn of a dream-come true. After an arduous toil of over fifty years, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) of GVM was formally recognized as Deemed to be University of Government of India and UGC, in 2002. IASE is India’s premiere Institute in the Faculty of Education; facilitating teacher’s training from primary level up to the doctoral stage.
GVM has had a glorious past. It has grown from strength-to-strength and its 60 years history is a saga of strides, struggles and successes. ‘Service with Sincerity’ is our watchword and the motto is ‘Gyanbhanur-bhasatam’ - ‘May the Sun of Knowledge Shine’. (the sun knows no discrimination and engulfs the entire world with light and warmth).