A byword in India’s Educational spectrum, KLE’s success story of nearly ten decades speaks volumes of the dedication and commitment of thousands of people. With 300 institutions spread across Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa, each narrating their own amazing stories of enriching people’s lives, a harmony exists that is very palpable. Our alumni, settled in different parts of the world are a testimony to our achievements and endeavors and are ambassadors promoting the ‘Brand KLE’ throughout the world. Unmindful of the constraints, KLE ensures that every individual with a desire to learn, irrespective of which strata he/she belongs to in the society has access to infrastructure of international standards. Our well-equipped hostels with modern facilities enable every student to enrich physically and mentally as well. To ensure that every student is keeping up with the latest developments in technology and the world, all the campuses house internet and IT facilities. Our qualified teachers who are committed and dedicated to their professions strive to make learning a fascinating journey and experience for all. The collaborations with universities in the US, UK and Malaysia have added a whole new dimension to the K.L.E Society making it on par with reputed educational institutions worldwide. The legacy of selfless-service and sacrifice left behind by the founding fathers is pursued sincerely by the Management to this day. Under the unparalleled leadership of Dr. Prabhakar Kore, the KLE Institution has reached enviable heights. His spectacular chairmanship beyond 30 years, with the active support of his team of elected members, embodies the collective efforts of everyone in KLE, including 13,000 members of the trust, 296 institutions engaged in providing services in “Education, Healthcare, Research and Agriculture” with over 1,38,000 students and 18,000 faculties, in making KLE an international Education-destination. The KLE society is an embodiment of perseverance of thousands of people who have dedicated their lives to the cause of enhanced education and health care. Our wide range of programs offered is a reason for our institutions being the most preferred destination for studies and research. Our collaborations with famous Universities world over have added a new dimension to our legacy as we aspire to bring a global perspective to our curriculum. Our institutes spread across the country exemplifies our efforts to bring the best of educational and medical facilities to people from all backgrounds and thereby contributing to make KLE a global destination for health care and education.


Karnataka Lingayat Education Society, established in 1916 by a group of seven dedicated teachers popularly known as “Saptarshis” with a vision of creating a strong education base in North Karnataka. The KLE Society has grown from 37 institutions in 1984 to a magnanimous Empire of 300 institutions today covering Healthcare, Technology, Agriculture, Law & Basic Sciences and Management. The society has redesigned and redefined itself to meet the needs of the 21st Century. Also the Society was able to take health care to the door steps of the people and also successfully initiated the formation of KLE University. Institutions of higher learning need to continually innovate and read adapt themselves to the changing circumstances to face the challenge of the global competition. Quality alone can ensure success. The better way of improving higher education is to give academic freedom to modernize curriculum and offer relevant courses for the benefit of stakeholders and contribute to nation building; Hence autonomy has provided the key to enhance quality of higher education. I invite the students, parents and other stakeholders of higher education to join us in endeavor to achieve progress and prosperity for one and all. The shaping of the future of our children and students is our responsibility. While we take pride in our past we have promise to keep for the future. I wish health, wealth, prosperity and harmony to one and all.


PROF. M R SAKHARE (1892-1951)

Born in the year 1892 at Rajagoli in Hukkeri taluka, he finished his school education in Belgaum and Kolhapur. He achieved first class honors in BA (1914) and MA(1916).His zest and thirst for education motivated him in playing a key role in commencement of the first anglo vernacular school in 1916.He served as the first principal of GA high school and the secretary of the KLES from 1928-1935. He was the pioneer of fund raising for the society. Lindharn Chandrike is a wonderful literary work by him.

PROF. S S BASAVNAL (1893-1951)

Born at Haveri in 1893, he completed his matriculation and went on to finish his MA with first class honors from Deccan College, Pune in 1916. He donned the roles of a teacher, Headmaster, Professor, founder life member and secretary in his wonderful and illustrious association with the KLES panning over a period of 35 years. He was the chief editor of two kannada weekly publications Jaya Karnataka and Prabodha. He also chaired the Akhil Bharatiya Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in 1944.

SHRI. B B MAMDAPUR (1891-1973)

Born in a destitute family of Mamdapur village in Gokak taluka he overcame all the hurdles and challenges to successfully complete his MA from Deccan College Pune in 1916.He was very closely and actively associated with the inception and growth of the KLES. He served as the society secretary from 1926-27. He had an equally commendable achievement outside the society domain and served as a senate member of the prestigious Bombay University from 1938-43 and a member of the Legislative council Mysore from 1958-63. His contribution was instrumental in setting up the Lingraj College. He was a very humble soul despite reaching such zeniths against all odds

DR.H F KATTIMANI (1887-1976)

Born in 1887 in Dharwad he finished his education in Kolhapur and Deccan College, Pune. He had an insatiable desire to spread the light of education which pulled him to the founding team of the KLES. He maintained the account books of the KLES at the time of inception and served in the capacity as teacher, life member and secretary. He played a key role in the commencement of the prestigious BVB college of Engineering and P C Jabin Science College, Hubli and the S Nijalingappa College, Bangalore. He was conferred with an honorary doctorate by the Karnataka University Dharwad where he also was a senate member.

PROF. B S HANCHINAL (1889-1964)

Born to a elite family of Hubli in 1889 he went on to complete his graduation from the Deccan College, Pune and joined the KLES anglo-vernacular school as a teacher. Fondly known as ‘Cotton King’ he sincerely and untiringly served the noble cause taken up by the KLES as a teacher and life member. He had a lion’s share in starting the teachers training college, Belgaum. He was also a key member of the L.E association and Vidyavardhak Sangha Dharwad. A talented bright teacher and educationist, he was equally good at the sport of tennis.

PROF. P R CHIKODI (1884-1961)

Born in 1884 at Rabkavi he finished his primary education in Hubli-Dharwad and went on to complete his higher education from Fergusson College, Pune. He left his law course midway and returned to Belgaum to join and conceive the establishment of the KLES where he served as a teacher and life member. His love for public life saw him serve as member of Bombay Legislative Council for 14 years and played a very active role in the co-operative movement in Karnataka. He was conferred with Member of British Empire honor. He also left an indelible literary mark as an editor of the Kannada weekly ‘Prabhakar’.

SARDAR V V PATIL (1888-1979)

Born in 1888 at Kachari village in Hirekerur taluka he finished his primary education in Dharwad and went on to pursue his agricultural studies in Pune. During this tenure he was influeneced by the freedom struggle and eminent freedom fighters such as Lokmanya Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi. He returned to Belgaum to join hands in the founding of the KLES and was chosen its first secretary. He gave up his life membership in 1931 and relocated himself to Hubli. He was conferred with the prestigious Padmashree award in 1951 and the State Government Award in 1966.