Gujarati Department is an integral department of The Gujarat University. It was established in the year 1954 as the department of 'Gujarati Language and Literature'. There after gradually other languages were included and introduced, hence it was named as ‘The School of Languages’.
Shree Umashanker Joshi was the pioneer and first head of the Gujarati department. He was a celebrity, a well known poet and a critic. `Gyanpith Award' has been conferred to him. He was also honoured by Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak'. He was also the vice-chancellor of The Gujarat University.
Dr. Prabodh Pandit was a famous and well known scholar of linguistic. He was honoured in the year 1967 by Sahitya Academy Award of Delhi and he was also a recipient of Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in the year 1973.
Prof. Anantrai Raval was a critic and editor. He was given Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak. He was also honoured by Sahitya Academy Award, Delhi in the year 1974.
Dr. Ramanlal Joshi was the critic and editor. He had been the president/chairman of The Gujarat Sahitya Academy. He was honoured by Sahitya Academy Award Delhi in the year 1984. He was the Director of College Development Council in Gujarat University. He was appointed as an Emeritus Professor.