The country is in the process of taking big strides in the field of higher education. Various government initiatives are being adopted to boost the growth of education system, besides focusing on new education techniques, such as E-learning and M-learning. In contemporary times our Universities cannot promote an academic life in isolation but are required to champion reason and imagination in engagement with the wider society and its concerns.
While it is universally accepted that the teacher is the pivot of the educational system, our system does not provide adequate opportunities for their professional development. Realizing that teachers have to be in the centre stage of these developments, provisions for their motivational training and consistent exposure to innovative trends and advanced knowledge in various disciplines and across disciplines, need to be revisited and re-engineered in consonance with the contemporary scenario of the country. Not only the faculty but new strategies for governance of educational institutions are also needed to promote innovative, broad and dynamic collaborative models. HRDCs have been established by UGC to provide a platform for professional development of the Academicians & Administrators working in the field of higher education in India. Human Resource Development Centre earlier known as The Academic Staff College, Gujarat University has been working for excellence in higher education since 1987. It among the few HRDCs which were established as pioneering HRDCs. HRDC GU is ranked as the first in Gujarat and fifteenth in India by NAAC.
The U.G.C., Human Resource Development Centre, Gujarat University was made functional in 1988. It has been working to fulfill basic aims of higher education suggested and expected by U.G.C. The pioneer director was Prof. Ujamshibhai Kapadia (Year 1988-1989), Prof. Rohitbhai Shukla (Year 1989-1991), Prof. A. R. Shah (Year 1991-1999), Dr. A.A. Ahluwalia (Year 1999-2004) and Dr. B.M. Brahmbhatt (Year 2004-2005) had worked as I/c. Director of the college. Dr. B.M. Brahmbhatt was also a director of the college from the Year 2005-2014. Prof. Dr. Jagdish.S. Joshi has been working as the Professor and Director of HRDC Gujarat University at present.