Karunya University was founded with the noble vision to raise professionals and leaders of high academic caliber and unblemished character, nurtured with a strong motivation and commitment to serve humanity. The university is the fulfillment of the vision of its founders Late Dr DGS Dhinakaran and the present Chancellor Dr Paul Dhinakaran. Established in 1986 as an Engineering College, it was granted an autonomous status in 2000 and declared Deemed-to-be University by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in recognition of its academic excellence by the Ministry of Human Resources Development under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 vide notification no 9-3-2000-U3 dated 23.6.2004 of the Government of India. Accredited by NAAC, the university offers a wide array Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Degree programmes in various branches of Engineering, Biotechnology, Food processing and Agricultural sciences. From a humble beginning of 180 students, the university has grown in strength to 8491 students and 452 faculty representing 18 academic departments.

In the three decades of service to higher education, Karunya University has made significant progression in teaching learning, research and consultancy, innovation and transfer of technology, community service and value education. Translating the vision of the Founders into action, Karunya university is currently engaged in finding solutions to human problems in the four major areas such as Water, Food, Health, and Energy through scientific and technological interventions.