The Maharaja Sayajirao University - Computer Center as a central facility started in 1980 with the assistance from the University Grant Commission(UGC), New Delhi and installation of IBM/360 system. Initially research students and teachers were using the University Computer Center for research data processing work. Later on Computer Center had started to undertake job works for different industries like Oil & Natural Gas Corporation(ONGC), Gujarat Electricity Board(GEB), Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited(IPCL) etc. to sustain development expenses. During the past 25 years, with the development in technology, the Computer Center had upgraded hardware and software from the grants received from the UGC and different Five Year Plan grants from the state government and other government funding agencies. Later, The Computer Center had widened its activities and started to computerized university applications like Examination Result Processing System, Payroll System, Provident Fund Accounting System etc.
In 1999, the activities of the Computer Center underwent a major reorganization with the establishment of a branch in the University Office premises for the purpose of administrative convenience, which was meant to take care of the automation of various university operations of Exams, Accounts and Administration. The original premises at the D. N. Hall embarked upon a major developmental agenda involving the establishment of network facilities, providing internet connectivity, deployment of web-based services and training of manpower and as facilitator for international academic interactions.
In September 1999, a central facility for internet surfing SURFLAND was started at Computer Center, with the financial support from alumni of the university under the banner of Technology Promotion Trust(TPT). Later on with the financial and technical support from the alumni the university had connected more than 2500 computers to the network that has fiber optic backbone of approximate 27 KMS. across various campuses of the university.