Maharaja Sayajirao University, commonly referred as M. S. University (MSU), is a teaching and residential university serving as one of the premier institutions of India. It was established in 1949 by Pratap Singh Gaekwad of Baroda, who named it after his grandfather Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. The university has its origins in the Baroda College of Science, which was established in 1881 by the Baroda State. The main building of this university, now housing the Faculty of Arts, was designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm. Posing an Indo-Saracenic architecture style, the building features a confluence of Indian and Byzantine arches, and domes in brick and polychrome stone. Other attractions of the university are Faculties of Fine Arts and Performing Arts and the Hansa Mehta Library that has over 700,000 books and old journals. The M. S. University offers education in all fields, including science, commerce, arts, law and many more. Unlike other universities in Gujarat, the medium of instruction for all courses in MSU is English. Spreading over approximately 275 acres of land, this university has roughly 25000 students on its rolls.