Shree Somnath Sanskrit University, Veraval was established by Government of Gujarat through an Act of Legislative Assembly passed on April 1, 2005. University Grants Commission gave approval under section 2 (f) and included it in the list of recognized Universities on February 17, 2006. Academic Sessions of Colleges began from June 2006 and Post Graguate Sahitya Department was established on July 20, 2006. It is the Public State University with Sanskrit as its medium of instruction, having 7 Faculties, 1 Constituent College, wherein more than 283 students on campus are pursuing higher studies under the care and supervision of 21 teaching (16 Permanent) and 32 (21 Permanent) supporting staff members. More than 4141 students are registered in the University affiliated Colleges/Institutes/Centers in the academic year 2014-15.
Until date, University has given academic affiliation to 35 Colleges/Institutions including University Sanskrit College and one B.Ed. College accross Gujarat. At present, 25 Diploma Centers and 38 P.G.D.C.A. Study Centers are functioning presently. Further, University has given approval to the world famous ‘ARSH’ - Akshardham Research Institute for Social Harmony, Gandhinagar and Tattvajnan Mandir Research Institute, Modasa as Research Institutes.
It is the only special Sanskrit University of Gujarat as it offers a wide range of courses in S?hitya, Jyoti?a, V?stu??stra, Veda, Vy?kara?a, Navya Vy?kara?a, R?m?nuja Ved?nta, Sw?min?r?ya?a Ved?nta, Sarva Dar?ana, Navya Ny?ya, Dharma??stra, Pur??a??stra, Paurohityam and Yoga. It gives an opportunity for education starting from Certificate Course to Ph.D. In addition to this, English, Computer Applications, Gujarati, Hindi and Sociology are also offered at affiliated Colleges across Gujarat. University conducts its academic programmes under C.B.C.S. (Choice Based Credit System) and Semester System from the academic year 2011-12.