Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University has come into existence by an Act of the Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly called the Jammu & Kashmir Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Act No. XVI of 2002. The university is nurtured by the Jammu & Kashmir Wakf Council. The motto of the university is “Iqra bismi Rabbik alladi Khalaq” which means, “Read in the name of God who has created all that exists”. It reflects the vision and idealism for which the university stands. The objective identified for the university in the Act is to impart quality education and undertake research in basic and job oriented fields. Accordingly, the university has launched postgraduate teaching programmes in Business Management, Financial Management, Computer Sciences, Information Technology, Arabic, Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology & Bioresources and B. Tech in Electronics and Communication, Computer Sciences & Engineering, Information Technology & Telecommunication Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Renewable Energy Engineering.
The University is also running bachelors degree courses in Computer Applications (BCA), Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (BBA), BA Arabic (Hons) and Diploma courses in Electronics, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical.