(formerly Mahendra Sanskrit University), established in December 1986, has its central office at Beljhundi in Dang district of mid western Development Region, Nepal, which is 13 km from the headquarters, Ghorahi.
The university offers Intermediate (Uttar Madhyama), Bachelor (Shastri), Bachelor of Education, Masters (Acharya) and Doctoral courses in classical and modern subjects. It offers intermediate in Ayurveda and condensed courses for Ayurvedacharya. The university has 12 constituent and 13 affiliated Vidhyapithas (campuses) around the country.
- To fulfill the need for an autonomous institution for teaching/learning activities and research of Sanskrit at many levels.
- To systematize Sanskrit education up to the highest level in the country.
- To preserve and promote Sanskrit education in sectors of Nepalese society.
- To develop the Kingdom of Nepal into a centre for learning through Sanskrit education.
NSU offers facilities for degree and non-degree research works based on Sanskrit. It organizes training programs on Vedic and Buddhist teaching and Yoga training.
The Prime Minister is the chancellor of Nepal Sanskrit University. The pro-chancellor is the Minister for Education. The vice-chancellor is the chief administrator.