The Trans-disciplinary University (TDU) is an innovation oriented University, legislated as an autonomous University by the Karnataka Legislative Assembly (Karnataka Act No 35 of 2013). The University has been founded by the Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) Trust and has evolved from 22 years of its pioneering work.

The scope of the term Transdisciplinary is defined in the Act as: Indian traditional health sciences, Biomedicine, Life sciences, Social sciences, Environmental studies, Design & Architecture, Performing and Fine arts, Engineering and Management.

Unlike conventional universities, TDU not only focuses on research and education but most importantly to the translation of knowledge for societal change.