Bhakta Kavi Narsinh Mehta University (BKNMU), a State University was established by Government of Gujarat vide Gujarat Act. No 23 of 2015 on 16th September, 2015, situated at Junagadh city of the Saurashtra region, Gujarat State, India. The idea of new university conceived by Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the seed of inception was laid down by Honorable former Chief Minister of Gujarat- Shrimati Anandiben Patel. Provisionally, the university is made functional in Government Polytechnic Building, Khadiya, which is in close vicinity of 12 kilometers from Junagadh city. The jurisdiction of the University includes Junagadh, Porbandar, Gir Somnath and Devbhumi Dwarka districts. The Government of Gujarat has appointed Prof. (Dr.) J.P.Maiyani as the First Vice Chancellor of the University.
There are three Post Graduate departments in the University i.e. English, Sociology and Life Science, and three are going to begin from this June, 2018. They are Chemistry, Commerce, and History. There are 151 affiliated Government, grant-in-aid and self finance colleges and 48 Post-graduate centers in which 65000 students are studying in various faculties viz. Arts, Commerce & Management, Science, Law, Medicine etc at Diploma, Under Graduate & Post Graduate Level.