The Puri Foundation for Education in India is a charitable trust registered in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The trust is supported by the generous support from Chairman, Prof. Nathu Ram Puri, a noted NRI industrialist settled in Nottingham, UK.
The Objectives of the trust include creating facilities for promotion of education and research. The trust supports and establishes schools, universities and research establishments in India and overseas. The trust also supports students from weaker sections of society to provide them with equal opportunities to realize their potential.
As part of its objectives, the trust set up the Indian Institute of Advanced Research at Koba, Gandhinagar. Honorable Shri Narendra Bhai Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat, laid the foundation stone of the Institute in 2003. The first Centre of Excellence, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology was set up in 2006. It was formally inaugurated by The President of India, H.E. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in April 2006. The Institute was accorded university status in August 2011 by the Government of Gujarat under the Gujarat Private Universities Amendment Act, 2011. The University continues to grow with the addition of education and research programs in physical sciences, engineering, and business. The Foundation aspires that the University will become a model institution conducting education and research with real impact on our society, economy and the environment.