Charutar Vidya Mandal was iconoclastic of Bhaikaka- the founder, when contrary to general belief that institutions of higher education can be there only in cities. CVM has 49 recognized institutes. The rural, dusty, underdeveloped Vallabh Vidyanagar's first college Vitthalbhai Patel Mahavidyalaya came into existence in 1947. Vallabh Vidyanagar, which has a short past but a long history, is a living memorial of Sardar Patel, the epic legend. He dreamt of a modern and prosperous independent India in the terms of recognition of village through,
Sardar Patel University houses more than 129 colleges catering various disciplines including 25 post graduate departments in Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and Business administration. In addition, there are museum, separate hostels for male and female students along with Health Centre. Sardar Patel University was among the first universities from Gujarat to volunteer for assessment and accreditation by the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council), Bangalore. The University was awarded 4th star rank in January 2001. Thereby, outperforming many old and large universities in the state and country.