The University is located in Mysuru, the cultural centre of Karnataka. Established on July 27, 1916, it is the sixth oldest in the country and the first in the state of Karnataka. The main campus named “Manasagangotri is located on 739 acres of picturesque land. In addition to the main campus, there are three campuses located in Mandya, Hassan and Chamarajnagar districts. There are 63 PG Departments offering 76 Postgraduate Programmes with more than 1,20,000 UG, PG, M.Phil, and Ph.D students. There are 226 affiliated colleges, 66 Recognized Research Centers, 157 Outreach /Research Centers, 8 training centers, 47 specialized programmes, 38 Foreign collaborations and 27 National collaborations. Further, there are 11 PG Departments with National Research Facilities, 14 Chairs, 13 DST-FIST, UGC-SAP funded departments and 13 supporting units. Enrollment of a large number of overseas students from 63 countries reflects the international reputation of the university.
Third Sector Research Resource Centre (TSRRC) was set up in 2004 under the Project on Non Profit Sector funded by the Ford Foundation. TSRRC provides centralized infrastructural facility for researchers pursuing their studies in the area of Civil Society. It undertakes and supports research, training and consultancy in the area of Third Sector. TSRRC is also actively engaged in developing curricula and has played a key role in designing and offering Masters program in the area of Non Profit Management.