The Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) established the Centre for Environment Planning & Technology (CEPT) in the year 1962 with the starting of School of Architecture (SA) through grant-in-aid from Government of Gujarat. The School of Planning (SP) was established in 1972 with financial support from Government of India (MHRD), Government of Gujarat and Ford Foundation. The other schools; School of Building Science and Technology (SBST) and School of Interior Design (SID) were established in 1982 and 1991 respectively with grant-in-aid from Government of Gujarat.
CEPT University campus is located at the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus of the much larger campus of the Ahmedabad Education Society (AES). The colleges of arts, science, commerce, business management and pharmacy of AES, and Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre, Kanoria Centre for Arts and Hutheesinh Visual Arts Centre are located in the vicinity. There are over 8000 Sq metres of Studios, Lecture Halls, Theatre, Workshops, Laboratories, Library & Computer Centres and general activity spaces. CEPT University has acquired additional land from AES admeasuring about 25 acres for future development.
The Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) established the Centre for Environment Planning & Technology (CEPT) with a vision to acquire wisdom along with knowledge is the most important component of education when the individual develops human values defined by our ancients in three simple and beautiful words - Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram - Truth, Love and Beauty. Each is equated to God. The fundamental aim of education is to provide students with a purpose in life. Education is an initiation into the life of the Spirit, training the human soul in the pursuit of truth and practice of virtue.