The Gujarat Agricultural University (GAU) was established on February 1, 1972 under the Gujarat Agricultural University Act, Act No. 13 of 1969 of the Government of Gujarat. The section 29 of the Act and the Statute 31 of GAU Statutes indicated the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology as one of the faculties of the university. The Academic Council of the Gujarat Agricultural University appointed the Committee on Agricultural Engineering and Technology in August, 1973 under the Chairmanship of Dr. J. S. Patel (Chairman), Member, Board of Management, GAU with the committee members as Prof. A. C. Pandya, Director (Engg.), NDDB, Anand; Dr. B. Pathak, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, PAU, Ludhiana; Shri N. C. Shah, Member, Board of Management, GAU; Dr. S. M. Patel, Director, Cooperative Management Institute, Ahmedabad; Shri. L. G. Thakkar, Research Engineer, College of Agriculture, Junagadh; Shri U. S. Shah (Convener), Professor of Dairy Engineering, Dairy Science College, Anand. The Committee submitted its report titled REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY which has been published by the GAU in 1978. It recommended a plan of action consisting of
- Staffing pattern
- Teaching, research and advisory services and
- Training programmes, etc.
It recommended that the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering should have following departments:
- Farm Engineering at Junagadh.
- Soil and Water Engineering at Navsari,
- Rural Engineering at Sardarkrushinagar
- Agricultural Process Engineering at Anand.
Further, it suggested that after the proper development of the above departments, which would take about 5 years, a College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology should be established. The Gujarat Agricultural University developed the discipline of Agricultural Engineering on the lines recommended by the above Committee and established the four departments as suggested with the assistance of ICAR during 1978 onwards. The Board of Management of the Gujarat Agricultural University, at its 94th meeting held on 12th January, 1988 at Ahmedabad appointed a High Power Committee for development of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (CAET) at Junagadh. The committee consisted of Prof. A. C. Pandya (Chairman), Former Head, Agril. Engg. Dept., IIT, Kharagpur and the members like Shri. Maganbhai P. Patel, Board Member, GAU ; Dr. K. N. Nag, President, ISAE ; Dr. T. P. Ojha, DDG (Engg.), ICAR ; Dr. A. Alam, ADG (Engg.), ICAR ; Shri. B. J. Jadeja / Shri. N. R. Patel, Campus Director, GAU, Junagadh; and Shri. R. J. Patel, Registrar, GAU. The terms of reference of the High Power Committee were to review the existing academic programme and to make recommendations for improvements in the following aspects:
- Curriculum and syllabi along with details of the degree, duration etc.
- Infrastructural facilities of the College building, laboratories, equipments and faculty, hostels etc.
- Agricultural Engineering Research and Extension for development of agriculture in the Gujarat State.
The committee submitted a voluminous report in Dec., 1990 giving all the details desired. The Board of Management of GAU appreciated the report submitted by the High Power Committee and accepted as such for further necessary action. In view of this report, the syllabi for B. Tech. (Agril. Engg.) programme were revised by the university and several other recommendations regarding building, (Total Built-up area for college 17671.56 sq.m) laboratories, manpower, instructional farm, etc. were implemented for strengthening the UG Programme of education.