Garden City College
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Garden City College now Garden City University is a co-educational college affiliated with Bangalore University, in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. It offers undergraduate and post-graduate courses in management and commerce, media, hospitality and tourism, fashion, paramedical studies, life sciences and information technology. It was established in 1992 and was founded by Joseph V.G, the honorary consul of the Maldives in Bangalore.
The college has two campuses, Garden City College of Science and Management Studies and Centre for Higher Learning. The college has 8 hostels which accommodate around 2000 students, covering a total area of 40 acres.
In February 2013, the State Government of Karnataka passed the Garden City University Bill allowing the group to function as a University.
Garden City Education Trust was formed in 1992 with the support of like-minded educationists like the late Prof Shivarudrappa – former Dean, Karnataka University; late Dr Hanumanthappa who was the Vice Chancellor of the Bangalore University; Prof V.B. Coutinho, former Vice Chancellor, Gulbarga University and Prof Rame Gowda, former Vice Chancellor of the Karnataka State Open University.
The Trust began its operations with Garden City College of Science and Management Studies offering programs under the Bangalore University affiliation. The institution went on to bag the highest grade of "A" when assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council – the premier accreditation body under the UGC.
In 2013, the benign Government of Karnataka passed the "Garden City University Act", considering the merits of the Garden City Education Trust. The University is being developed in a green campus spread over 41 acres in Bangalore Rural District. The vision of the University involves adopting rural schools and junior colleges to uplift them to a level which is at par with the urban standards and act as feeding centers for the University. As practiced in its present institutions, the University also will devote substantial time for community development with the mandatory participation of all its staff and students as a part of its objective of nation building.
On 8 March 2019, Garden City University has launched a global campaign titled Useless Challenge.
Concept: Useless is a global gifting challenge for the needy segments of society and an environmental challenge to reduce pollution and protect the natural environment. The challenge creates awareness among people around the world to UseLess and to Gift Usedless. The challenge is the original idea of Garden City University, Bengaluru.
Members of Garden City University will bring Usedless materials from their home, workplace, and gift to "Useless Challenge."The collected materials will be documented, quality checked, packaged and delivered to needy segments in different geographical locations. Any individual in need can pick up required materials from Usedless Cupboard kept at Green House.
An expected outcome of the Useless Challenge
1. Useless Resources 2. Gift Usedless Resources 3. Reduce Pollution 4. Protect the Natural Environment 5. Receive Help and Extend