Ahmedabad University (AU) was established in July 2009. It is founded by Ahmedabad Education Society (AES), a Society established in 1935, which is one of the most reputed education societies in Western India. It is a private, non-profit University established under Section 3(1) of the Gujarat Private Universities Act, 2009.
University Grants Commission, in its letter dated 28th July 2010 F.No. 8-13/2010(CPP-I/PU), has notified that Ahmedabad University, Navrangpura (Gujarat) has been established by an Act (No. 8 of 2009) of State Legislature of Gujarat as a State Private University, and is empowered to award degrees as specified by the University Grants Commission under section 22 of the University Grants Commission Act 1956.
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, The Government of India has registered Ahmedabad University as a Research Institute under its Research Programmes.
The Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs has Registered Ahmedabad University under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.
University Grants Commission has recognised Ahmedabad University under section 12(B) of the UGC Act, a recognition given to select research universities. Ahmedabad University is one of the very few private research universities in the country to have received this recognition, after a detailed assessment of the innovative research and teaching ecology at Ahmedabad University by an expert committee appointed by the UGC. The University is now eligible to receive research and development grants, projects, and scheme-specific support from the University Grants Commission.
The Government of Gujarat has recognised Ahmedabad University as a Centre of Excellence (CoE). This recognition is part of a flagship initiative of the Government of Gujarat to select the best universities in the state and provide them with greater autonomy and regulatory freedom to allow them to achieve global standards in education. Ahmedabad University was recognised for its high quality faculty, deep innovative programmes, research outcomes, contemporary infrastructure etc.