Anand is said to have been established by a Gosai named ‘Anandgar’ during the ninth century. The town played an important role in the Satyagraha movement. Anand occupies a very prominent place in the dairy industry, not only in the country but also in the world. The Kheda District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union, the most unique of its kind, was established in 1946. The Amul Dairy project, started in 1955, was the first in India to produce milk powder, condensed milk and baby food. It also produces butter, ghee, cheese, chocolates, pizzas, soups and ice creams. In addition to all this as it were, the people of Anand have cast an extraordinary illustration through their rich cultural background, heritage and positive nature to the outsiders.
As all great cities have their history, so too the Educational Township of Vallabh Vidyanagar! The history of Vallabh Vidyanagar is actually a miracle — a dream transformed into reality through the vision, grit, determination and dedicated efforts of two visionaries, the founding fathers of Vallabh Vidyanagar —
Shri Bhailalbhai Dhayabhai Patel, fondly known as Bhaikaka, and Shri Bhikabhai Kuberbhai Patel.
It would be impossible for the students, who have seen Vallabh Vidyanagar as a prosperous, developed, pollution-free city, to believe that Vallabh Vidyanagar was once nothing but wilderness. But Bhaikaka and Bhikabhai, a penniless but visionary duo, who wanted to pay a humble tribute to the great Sardar Patel, transformed this wilderness into a township of learning. It was also the inspirational support of Sardar Patel to the efforts of Bhaikaka and Bhikabhai, his faith in its success, and the benediction of Mahatma Gandhi that the dream of Vallabh Vidyanagar could became a reality.