C.K Pithawalla College of Engineering and Technology is a self financed Institute which started its functioning in December, 1998 affiliated with Veer Narmad South Gujarat University,Surat. C.K Pithawalla College of Engineering And Technology is being managed by the Navyug Vidyabhavan Trust which was founded in February, 1965. Within a short span of its operation, the college has provided all the necessary facilities to help the students which includes a well eastablished library containing a large number of books, reference books,technical and general magazines.
Mr. C.K. Pithawalla has been the driving force for the setting up of this college named after him and is continuously drawing inspiration from him. This institute of learning in particular, like many others, owes a great deal to his vision, understanding and missionary zeal right from its inception to its blossoming.
The prevailing intake capacity in Engineering Colleges in Gujarat State is very much inadequate to cater to these demands. hence, the rejection rate of students seeking admission in the state colleges is very high. As a result of this, number of students have to seek admission in colleges in the state of Maharashtra, Karnataka and other states.
Looking to the above facts the trustees and especially SHRI C.K.Pithawalla are very keen to establish a technical institute under the aegis of the trust to partly take upon itself the responsibility of providing technical education. (C.K.Pithawalla College of Engineering and Technology is a self financed Institute which has start functioning from the academic year:1998-99.)
The management has vowed to run the institute with the professional attention to each student to develop their overall personality and thereby making them more compatible to the Industrial standards.
The City - Surat
Surat is the most industrialized city in the state of Gujarat today. It is well known all over the world for its diamonds, jari and manmade textiles. Situated on the banks of the river Tapi, it is the fastest growing industrial city in the country. Besides this, it is also fast emerging as the source of dyes, chemicals and intermediates, textile machinery, plastic technology as well as agro-based industries. This attract skilled, semiskilled and unskilled workmen from all over the country.
The pace of growth of the city accelerated during the past 60 years and Surat became a dominant center of commercial activity in South Gujarat. This in its wake brought some problemsalso, mainly in the field of higher education.
The Navyug Vidyabhvan Trust
The demand for facilities of higher education grew rapidly. It was primarily to correct the imbalance between demand and supply that Navayug Vidyabhavan Trust was founded in February, 1965. The aims and objectives of the Trust are to provide facilities for higher education to students without consideration of caste, community, sex or religion and to undertake research in the exact and social science.
The trust was registered as Public Education Trust under the Bombay Public Trust ACT, 1950 and allotted registration No. 1268. The truth also received exemption under section 80(G) of the Income-Tax Act for donations to it.
Over 38 years old now, the Truth has in this long period, fulfilled that objective most honorably and is today recognized as an ideally managed educational organisation. While it has constantly undertaken a programme of expansion to meet the growing educational needs of the region, it has never compromised on quality.
At present Navyug Vidyabhavan Trust has under its management the following Institutions:
- Navyug Arts College
- Navyug Science College
- C. K. Pithawalla Commerce College
- Maniben Pithawalla Industrial Training Institute
- C. K. Pithawalla College of Engineering & Technology
- C. K. Pithawalla Institute Of Pharmaceutical Science & Research
- C. K. Pithawalla Institute Of Management
After Independence our Government has tried to host up technical education in the country. Gujarat State has witnessed tremendous development and is now the fastest growing state in India. The land-marks of Gujarat's Industrial progress are GNFC-World's largest single Stream Ammonia and Urea Plant, GSFC, Reliance , IFFCO, KRIBHCO, ONGC, IPCL, NTPC, ESSAR, number of petrochemical and Ancillary Industries, Country's biggest Manmade Textile Industrial Units. Also a few more refineries and Power Plants in the disciplines of Chemical Engineering, Instrumentation and control, Electronics, Computer and Textile Technology is in demand in large number. Gujarat also has Asia's largest Chemical Industrial Estate at Ankleshwar where all prominent companies have set up their units. Vapi Industrial Sector as also the ATUL Complex in Balsar district are also growing at a rapid pace.
Electronics, Communication and Computerization are new links in the chain of industrial development are also being built up at a fast rate. Special steps are being taken up to make for lost time by the Government. Consumer Electronics, Industrial electronics, Communication, Technology, Microprocessors and Computer are main pillars of development. Space application Center, ISRO-based at Ahmedabad, Physical Research Laboratory are also other organisations absorbing these engineers. The electronics Industrial Estate at Gandhinagar has also tremendous potential for absorbing trained personnel.
Looking to the growth of Industries in Gujarat and proposals from number of NRIs to establish Industries in Gujarat and number of progressive steps taken by the Government of India, there will be tremendous indusrial growth in coming years for which major input and requirement in trained manpower with appropriate back up of testing, design and development in the technical field are needed.