Nirma University was established by the initiative of the NERF. The University was established in the year 2003 as a statutory university under a special act passed by the Gujarat State Legislative Assembly. It is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2 (f) of the UGC Act. The University is duly accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with ‘A’ grade. The University is a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Functioning under the aegis of NERF, the University consists of Faculty of Technology and Engineering, Faculty of Management, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design, Faculty of Commerce and Faculty of Doctoral Studies and Research.

Innovation, excellence, and quality are the driving forces on the campus and this has translated the vision of these institutions into a reality over a short period of time. Today the campus vibrates with not only world class curricular activities but also with myriad activities like international conventions, symposia, conferences, student competitions, conclaves, short-term industry relevant programs, cultural activities, etc.

The University is identified with cutting edge research, robust academic programmes, quality teaching learning process and over-all personality development interventions of its students. The 125 acres sprawling state of art campus provides refreshing environment and stimulates intellectual growth and creativity.

The university has been consistently ranked among the top 10 private universities in India. The university in the year 2015 has been recognized as among the leading Universities in the Country by India Today. In the year 2014, it has been ranked as the 6th best university among the top 25 universities in India by Higher Education Review and 3rd among the top private universities by The Week.

The University has been awarded under the category of ‘Excellence in Technology for Education Delivery’ during the FICCI Education Awards 2015, as a part of the Eleventh FICCI Higher Education Summit 2015 held during November 3-4, 2015 organized by FICCI in association with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

In addition to above the University has also been accorded recognition as Scientific and Industrial Research Organization by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India in 2014.