On 17th September 1994 the SRTMU Nanded was founded at Nanded through separation from the Marathwada University at Aurangabad. The University has been named after Swami Ramanand Teerth, the leader of the Hyderabad freedom movement and a well-known educationalist and social worker. The SRTMU aims to provide education to the southern part of Marathwada locality of Maharashtra state, particularly to the districts of Latur, Parbhani, Nanded, and Hingoli.
The University Establishment Committee had visualized a region specific University with non conventional courses with a School system for Campus teaching to initiate and promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies. The university has re-designed its syllabi and courses in order to generate the human resource for the regional development. The courses are characterized by innovative ways in teaching, learning and evaluation with emphasis on the aspects of research, consultancy and extension services.