Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (or PDPU) was established through PDPU Act, a legislature passed byGujarat state assembly in 2007. The university is located at Raisan village of Gandhinagar city in an area known as the Knowledge Corridor, and it’s near the upcoming GIFT City. It is 8 km from state capital Gandhinagar, and 23 km from Gujarat’s largest city Ahmedabad.
The university has four schools, located on the same campus. The schools include the School of Petroleum Technology, School of Technology, School of Petroleum Management, and School of Liberal Studies. The Director General of PDPU is Dr. C Gopalkrishnan. The President of University Board of Governors is Dr. Mukesh Ambani and the Chairman of the Standing Committee is Shri DJ Pandian, IAS, Government of Gujarat.
The university also has its own 1 megawatt solar plant. The Government of Gujarat has decided to set up an international Centre of Excellence in Automobile at PDPU with investment of Rs. 150 Crores (US$ 25M) in joint venture with Maruti Suzuki India Ltd(MSIL).
The university is ranked 55th in India and 1st in Gujarat by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
The 4 schools of PDPU offer both niche programs as well as programs of general interest, covering UG, PG and Doctoral programs in Management, Humanities, and Engineering:
School of Petroleum Management (2006) offers 2-years MBA and Executive MBA programs with specializations in Energy and Infrastructure, Operations, Marketing, HR and Finance.
School of Petroleum Engineering (2007) offers 4-years B.Tech, 2-years M.Tech, and Ph.D. programs in upstream & downstream Petroleum Engineering.
School of Liberal Studies (2009) offers: UG honors degree programs in Humanities, Management, Science and Commerce viz. Business Administration, Economics, English Literature, International Relations, Public Policy & Administration, Psychology, Mass Communication, Commerce, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. It also offers 2-years MA Programs in English Literature, Public Policy & Administration, and International Relations; as well as Ph.D. programs in the same areas.
School of Technology (2010) offers 4-years B.Tech. Engineering programs in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Chemical and Industrial specializations. It also offers 2-years M.Tech and Ph.D. programs in the same streams. It additionally offers M.Tech. in Nuclear Technology (This was earlier offered under a separate School of Nuclear Energy, which was merged with School of Technology from 2013). It also offers 2-years M.Tech. and Ph.D. programs in Solar Engineering.
The campus is located at 14 km from the Ahmedabad Airport and 21 km from Ahmedabad’s Kalupur Railway Station. It is 3 km off the main road connecting Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad Airport, Ahmedabad. The university is spread across a lush green pollution-free 100 acres campus with very good biodiversity. The entire space is dotted with lots of mango trees, and the campus houses 18 different varieties of birds.
The entire area is walled with 4 access points, is CCTV monitored, and tobacco-free. On-campus facilities (apart from classrooms and offices) include SBI Branch, pharmacy, stationery store, resident daytime doctor, 24×7 doctor-on-call, ambulance, travel desk and campus store.
PDPU campus has sporting facilities and boys and girls teams in Basketball, Volleyball, Cricket, Tennis, Football, Kabaddi, Table Tennis, Badminton, Chess and Carrom.
Petrocup is the annual sporting event, an inter-university contest with almost 5000 participants competing for the top position from 80+ campuses in India and abroad.