Anand has good trade, industries and colleges, but the most notable is its Charotar Education Society ..Its activities have become central to awareness and training among the people. The nearby Agricultural college, Krishi-Go Vidyabhavan and engineering colleges besides the vast Vallabh Vidyanagar under its aegis has turned into a University with a large number of institutions under its wings. Beside the first engineering college' of Gujarat, this educational complex has many diciplines taught here, such as Management and Architecture. Next to it is the Vitthal Udyognagar for industrial development. It has industries like Elicon and Vallabh Glass Works. Nearby is Karamsad, the birthplace of Valaabhbhai, where a huge hospital and medical college is set up. This is the result of the dedicated efforts of 5hri H.M. Patel, who was also a Finance Minister in the Indian Government for some time.