Education

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Karnataka has 20 Universities, 192 Engineering institutions, 42 Medical Colleges, 38 Dental colleges, 248 Polytechnics, 103 R&D Centers.

The Mysore University (1916) was the first University to be started in Karnataka. This was followed by the Karnatak University (1949), the Bangalore University (1964), the Mangalore University (1980), the Gulbarga University (1980), and the Kuvempu University (1987).

The two Universities of Agricultural Sciences – the one at Bangalore (1965) and the other at Dharwad (1986), cater to the needs of students aspiring for specialization in the different branches of agriculture. Recently in 1991 Kannada University at Hampi has also been started to promote the study of the Kannada language, art and culture.

In Bangalore there are other centres of higher learning like the Indian Statistical Institute (1978), Indian Institute of Science (1911), Indian Institute of Management (1972), the National Law School of India University (1987) and Institute for Social and Economic Change (1972).

A second campus of IISc is being setup in the upcoming science city in Chitradurga.

Bangalore, Mysore and Gulbarga Universities have been awarded 5 star status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission.

Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and  Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU), Bidar: The University was established exclusively for the development of education and learning; conduct of research and extension education and transfer the rural oriented technologies in the areas of Veterinary, Animal, Dairy and Fisheries Sciences in Karnataka.

The Karnataka Private Medical Colleges Association (K.P.M.C.A), Karnataka Dental Colleges Association (K.P.D.C.A) & Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association have in their endeavor to offer a “Single Window” approach to students seeking admissions, have evolved a self-imposed discipline in implementing the verdict of the apex court and have embarked on an endeavor to develop an effective, credible and alternative seat selection process for admissions & have decided to form a “Consortium of Private Medical, Dental & Engineering Colleges” named as ‘COMED-K‘.

College Student Strength

Department of collegiate education on the enrolment in govt, aided and unaided colleges (excluding BEd, agricluture & professional colleges) show that on an average, a college in Karnataka admits 378 students (as of March 2011).

Colleges partially funded by govt are the most crowded. Nearly 60,000 students study in Bangalore’s 61 colleges.

The number of private institutions is more in Gulbarga region next to Bangalore.

Speech And Hearing Science

There are just two well known institutions offering degrees in Speech and Hearing Sciences.

  1. Dr. S.R. Chandrasekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore – B.Sc, M.Sc and other courses
  2. All India Institute of Speech And Hearing, Mysore – B.Sc, M.Sc and other courses

Wildlife Biology

For the first time in the country, an MSc course in Wildlife Biology and Conservation has been inaugurated at the National Centre for Biological Sciences at the GKVK campus in the city. (Feb 14, 2004)

The course is affiliated to the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and has been launched in association with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), New York; Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS) and NIAS. Applications for the course had been solicited in December.

Nutrition/Food

  • E-learning from CFTRI, Mysore. Contact mbt@cscftri.ren.nic.in for more details

College for Average Students

Name: United Degree Mission College
Affiliated to: Bangalore University
Courses offered: BA, BCom, BBM
Phone: +91-80-2227 8695

The college aims to assist those who are weak economically and haven’t scored very high marks.


Universities in Karnataka

Bangalore has two private Universities – Azim Premji Univesity and Alliance University


Schools in Karnataka

2nd PUC Colleges, Exams in Karnataka

Creative Courses in Karnataka


Engineering & Medical Courses in Karnataka


Research Institutes


Other Courses



Also see: Department of Public Instruction