When the state of Gujarat State was established on 1st May, 1960, the Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities Department was not existing as an independent department, but to boost the youth activities in the state, it was formed as a separate department on 17/12/1990. Vide the new subjects reallocated to the department, the department has been renamed as Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities Department as per the General Administration Department (GAD) notification no. GS (97-26-SKT1197(3)KU) dated 5/8/1997, from original Youth Services and Cultural Activities Department. Accordingly, the department is now functioning under this name. This department carries out the activities related to sports, youth, cultural activities, museums, archaelogy, libraries, records and manuscripts, centenary celebrations, monuments and academies.