Saurashtra University was established on 23rd May 1967 under the strong leadership and vision of its first Vice Chancellor Mr. DolarRai Mankad with the mission to provide an educational facelift to the region of Saurashtra.

In more than three decades of its performance the University and the region have come a long way. It covers 7 major districts of Saurashtra region. It provides one of the most modern and sophisticated infrastructures in the region for higher studies, with all major Departments having their own buildings and other facilities. At present, Saurashtra University has 154 affiliated colleges and 2 recognized institutions functioning under it. The University campus situated on the posh University Road locality in Rajkot, is spread across approximately 500 acres of lush green land with almost all departments connected with road. The University has 27 PG Departments. It has 3 modern PG hostels accommodating 225 students along with a huge central library. Almost all departments have their own customized library. It has a common senate hall, a canteen, a medical check up center, staff quarters and an employment information and guidance bureau.

The year 2002 has been an important year in the history of the university. This year the NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION COUNCIL, awarded a 4 STAR status to the University, which has proved to be a feather added in the cap. With a lot of upcoming infrastructure projects like an International standard sports complex and strategic tie-ups with foreign Universities, Saurashtra University is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing and most potential university in the Gujarat Region.