Pokhara University was established in 1996 as Nepal's fifth university.Its central office is in Pokhara Lekhnath municipality, Kaski district, Western Development Region. Along with Purbanchal University, PU was formed as part of the government's policy for improved access to higher education. The prime minister is the university chancellor and the minister for education is the pro-chancellor. The vice chancellor is the principal administrator of the university.
Pokhara University started its academic activities guided by the Pokhara University Act of 1996. To achieve its objectives, a semester system based curriculum and evaluation were set up.
- Pokhara University has four Constituent Schools where Bachelor's, Master's degrees and PhD programs are running,
- There are 57 academic institutions under its affiliation with Bachelor, Master, M.Phil and PhD. degrees programs,
- Pokhara University has a Central Office building, Examination Office building, and Academic building in Khudi-Dhungepatan, Lekhnath Municipality.