Ahmedabad is situated in the state of Gujarat in the western India. Traditionally, lot of commerce and trade has been originating here and was seen as the commercial capital of Gujarat. Upto the mid 19th Century, it was a major textile manufacturing centre and was called the Manchester of India. Ahmedabad is now growing industrially very fast. MoUs for global investments to the tune of Rs 120,000 crores have been committed recently.
Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat, India. It is the seventh largest city and eighth largest metropolitan area of India, with a city population of approximately 3.96 million and metropolitan population of 5.41 million. Ahmedabad is the fastest growing city of India, and ranked third as the fastest growing city worldwide.
With a mean temperature ranging between 13°C to 45°C, Ahmedabad has modern infrastructure facilities with a smooth road network and an uninterrupted power and water supply.
The city is well connected by road, rail and air to national capital, New Delhi and country’s financial capital, Mumbai and other major cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata.
Ahmedabad is also connected with many international cities through direct flights such as New York, New Jersey, London, Frankfurt, Muscat etc.
The Academy is located in the western part of the city and is approx 20 KMs from Airport and approx 14 KMs from Railway station. Taxi takes 45 minutes to reach Academy both from Airport and Railway Station.
A culturally endowed place, it celebrates colorful festivals like the nine nights traditional Garba Dance Festival of Gujarat in the month of October. Ahmedabad is a venue of an International Kite festival in the month of January every year which is passionately participated by the locals and foreigners too. Nestled on the banks of river Sabarmati, the banks of which are being developed for tourism interest. This city has a number of historical monuments, museums, bird sanctuary, picturesque gardens, toy train, skyscrapers, shopping malls to attract the old and the young.
Ahmedabad is a major educational centre for technical studies viz Indian Institute of Management, Physical Research Laboratory, Indian Space Research Organization, National Institute of Design and the Academy of HRD. While being a fast progressing industrial hub it has also seen a solid NGO movement which got initiated during Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom struggle focusing on varied development issues in the country. Known NGOs include SEWA, CEE (Centre for Environmental Education), JANVIKAS, DALIT SHAKTI KENDRA are based in the city.
GDP of Ahmedabad was 89 billion USD in 2010. The Government has started vibrant Gujarat program to attract more foreign investment. The states is fastest growing state in India at present. A diverse labour force of migrant workers from different parts of Gujarat and neighbouring states is integral to the economy of the city. These workers provide vital household labour and services for the city's large middle class. Ahmedabad plays a strong and significant role in providing commercial resources and market access for the economies of neighbouring cities. A majority of the working-age citizens of Ahmedabad are traders and business people. This has led to the creation of major mercantile corporations and that are a key influence on the economic life of Gujarat. The city's educational and industrial institutions have attracted students and young skilled workers from the rest of India.