Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute (MGLI) was established on 15th September, 1979 by the Government of Gujarat as an autonomous society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 to provide for education, training, study and research in labour and related subjects in furtherance of the policy of the Government to promote harmonious industrial relations and social justice. The institute takes a comprehensive view of Labour and aims at serving the cause of labour including agricultural labour, women and child labour, self employed, unorganised urban and rural labour besides organised labour in the Industrial, Commercial, Governmental cheap pharmacy without a prescription and service sectors. The principal means of action are Research, Training, Education and Dissemination of Information through seminars / workshops / colloquium etc.
The Institute has its own building in the city of Ahmedabad with built up area of 11,500 sq. mtrs. with an architectural grandeur of its own designed by the well-known Architect Mr. B. V. Doshi. It is situated in the midst of pleasant surroundings with many renowned educational and research institutions of city in its neighborhood.