Karnatak University

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Karnataka University ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ
Established 1949
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor H. B. Walikar
Location Dharwad, Karnataka, India
15°26′28.5″N 74°59′2.1″E / 15.441250°N 74.983917°E / 15.441250; 74.983917Coordinates: 15°26′28.5″N 74°59′2.1″E / 15.441250°N 74.983917°E / 15.441250; 74.983917
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC
Website www.kud.ac.in
University Main Library

Karnataka University (Kannada: ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ ) was established at Dharwad in the Indian state of Karnataka in October 1949. It had its official inauguration in March 1950. The campus spans 750 acres (3 km²). Dr. D. C. Pavate was the vice-chancellor from 1954 to 1967. The rapid development of the institution is credited to him.

The university was recognized with the "Potential for Excellence" by the University Grants Commission. The university is the second oldest, after University of Mysore, in the state of Karnataka.

H. B. Walikar was the previous vice-chancellor of the university, till he was dishonorably removed.


Post Graduate Departments 48
P. G. Faculty 264 Teachers
Under Graduate Faculty 4,252 Teachers
P. G. Students 4,531 Students
Under Graduate Students 1,01,145 Students

Postgraduate departments[edit]

The university has currently following faculties: science, huminities and social science. Medical science and engineering faculties was also present. However, the Government of Karnataka established Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences for Medical Science and Visvesvaraya Technological University for engineering.

Science departments[edit]

  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Electronics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Library Science
  • Department of Applied Genetics
  • Department of Microbiology & Biotechnology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Sericulture
  • Department of Zoology
  • Department of Marine Biology
  • Department of Oceanography
  • Center for Excellence in Polymer Science
  • Research Center For DNA Diagnostics

Social Science Departments[edit]

Political Science Department
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Gandhian Studies
  • Department of A.I. History & Epigraphy
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Gender Studies
  • Department of Criminology & Forensic Science
  • Department of Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Department of Military Science
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Population Sciences
  • Department of Social Work
  • Research Center for Women’s Studies
  • Department of Sports
  • Department of Urban Design & Planning

Department of Management Studies[edit]

Master in Business Administration,

Master in commerce,

Master in Corporate Secretaryship

Art Departments[edit]

  • Institute of Kannada Studies
  • Department of Cultural Studies
  • Department of Folklore
  • Department of English
  • Department of Sanskrit
  • Department of Foreign Languages
  • Department of Hindi
  • Department of Marathi
  • Department of Yoga Studies
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Kannada Research Institute
Kanaka Adhyayana Peeta at Karnatak University

Post-graduation centers[edit]

Karnatak University Administration Building
  • Karnatak University PG Centre, Belgaum
  • Karnatak University Karwar PG Centre, Karwar. This centre has Marine Biology and Economics as subjects of excellence.
  • Karnatak University Bijapur PG Centre, Bijapur

Affiliated colleges[edit]

All colleges in the districts of Dharwad including Dharwad city colleges, Belgaum, Bijapur District, Bagalkot, Gadag, Haveri and Uttar Kannada belong to Karnatak University, Dharwad.

Karnatak University's five colleges in Dharwad area are referred as constituent colleges. Administration is in the hands of Karnatak University. However, the affiliated colleges are managed by trusts. Examinations, textbooks and results are conducted by the university.

Before the advent of private universities in this part of India, all colleges in the districts of Dharwad, Belgaum, Bijapur District, Bagalkot, Gadag, Haveri and Uttar Kannada were affiliated to Karnatak University, Dharwad.[citation needed]


G.S. Paramasivaiah (former student of the Nobel laureate CV Raman) was the first principal of the Karnatak Science College. He was also the secretary of KLE Society Belgaum. He played an important role in founding of Karnatak University.

In 1947, the government of Bombay Province made attempts to establish a university in Bombay Karnataka. As per the resolution No. 7914 of Education and Industries Department, the government of Bombay, a committee was constituted on April 17, 1947 to make recommendations regarding form, scope, constitution and jurisdiction of a university for Karnataka (meaning Bombay Karnataka because Bombay Karnataka was a southern part of Bombay Province). Lingayat educationalists like Prof. G.S. Paramasivaiah along with Prof S.S. Basavanal and Dr. S.C Nandimath were associated with the committee. The Karnatak University came into existence in 1949.

List of vice chancellors[edit]

From To Name
April 1949 July 1951 R. A. Jahagirdar
July 1951 July 1954 C. C. Hulkuti
1954 1967 D. C. Pavate
December 1967 December 1973 A. S. Adake
February 1974 January 1975 Smt. Jayalakshammani
May 1975 April 1978 R. C. Hiremath
May 1978 May 1981 Sadashiva Wodeyar
May 1981 June 1984 D. M. Nanjundappa
June 1984 June 1987 Sangappa G. Desai
July 1987 June 1990 G. K. Narayan Reddy
July 1990 July 1996 S. Rame Gowda
1996 2002 A. M. Pathan
July 2002 July 2006 M. Khajapeer
July 2005 24 October 2006 A. Murigappa (acting)
25 October 2006 24 October 2010 S.K Saidapur
25 October 2010 Incumbent H. B. Walikar

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