Manipur University was established on 5th June 1980 under the Manipur University Act. 1980 (Manipur Act 8 of 1980), as a teaching-cum-affiliating university at Imphal with territorial jurisdiction over the whole of the state of Manipur. Later on, it was converted into a Central University in the year 2005. The university is in Canchipur, about 7 km from Imphal, the capital city of Manipur, India. The campus is spread over an area of 287 acres in historic Canchipur, the old palace of the kingdom of Manipur.
Currently, the University has 86 affiliated colleges and one constituent college under its jurisdiction.