The University of Mysore is one of the oldest Universities in India. Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the benevolent ruler of Mysore and Sir M.Visweswaraya, Engineer-Statesman and the then Dewan of Mysore, were the pioneers in establishing this University. The University came into existence on 27th July, 1916, as the sixth in the country and the very first in the erstwhile Princely State of Mysore.
The University, which made a humble beginning with only two colleges, i.e., Maharaja’s College at Mysore for Humanities and Central College at Bangalore for Sciences, has grown into a renowned centre of higher learning. There are as many as 140 colleges including five Constituent Colleges under its fold at present. As the number of colleges increased administration became complex leading to the formation of other Universities. Now the jurisdiction of Mysore University is spread over the four districts of Mysore, Mandya, Hassan and Chamarajanagara.