Karnataka Samskrit University has been formed exclusively for the development of Samskrit language. Samskrit has a hoary, glorious, scientific, literary, cultural tradition and heritage. Its contribution in the area of Prose, Poetry, Drama, Dance, Sculpture, Paintings, Fine arts, Medicines, Philosophy and other allied areas is far more extensive and lasting than has been realised by the Indian scholars till today.
The university was established in 2010 with great efforts by the Kanataka Government. The study of Samskrit language and literature was greatly encouraged by the kings of Mysore. There are 31 Samskrit colleges in Karnataka.
There are also 243 aided Veda and Samskrita Pathashalas spread over the state. Directorate of samskrit education is established by the Government of Karnataka to administer the samskrit pathashalas. The Karnataka Samskrit University was established with the vision and mission of bringing these together under a single umbrella, maintaining uniformity in education, providing greater opportunities for study for students and teachers and to raise the standards in Samskrit research at National and International level.