Institute of Science & Technology for Advanced Studies & Research, abbreviated as ISTAR,
is established as a center of quality education offering post-graduation in science and technology. The Institute has been established by Charutar Vidya Mandal (CVM), an educational society.
CVM has a mission of reinvigorating society through quality education. Since 1947 CVM has established over 46 institutions proving itself highly responsive to the changing socio economic environment by venturing into various emerging disciplines under the dynamic leadership of Late Shri Bhaikaka, late Shri Bhikhabhai Saheb, late Dr. H.M. Patel (ICS retired), Late Dr. C. L. Patel and now with Er. Bhikhubhai B. Patel as the present Chairman of CVM. ISTAR is thriving under the patronage of CVM.
ISTAR is Constituent College of CVM University, Vallabh Vidyanagar and Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad. Some of the Post-Graduate programmes being offered by BVM have been shifted to ISTAR for better academics.
Department of Science & Technology (DST) of Government of India has provided a grant of Rupees Ten Crores to establish a Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre for Applied Research & Testing (SICART) to CVM. ISTAR and SICART are housed in the Sardar Patel Centre for Science & Technology building and both work in close collaboration. Moreover close co-operation is also available from Science, Engineering and Pharmacy colleges of CVM.
ISTAR is Recognized under Section 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act, 1956 vide letter No.8-747/2011(CPP-I/C) dated 09-05-2012.