Karnatak University

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Karnatak University Dharwad
Vice-ChancellorDr Pramod Gai
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
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Karnatak University is a state university in the city of Dharwad in the state of Karnataka in India. It was established in October 1949 and officially inaugurated in March 1950. The campus spans 750 acres (3 km²). D. C. Pavate was the first official vice-chancellor from 1954 to 1967. The rapid development of the institution is credited to him.

The university is recognized with the "Potential for Excellence" by the University Grants Commission. It is the second oldest university in the state of Karnataka after the University of Mysore. It once used to serve most of the Karnataka region including Dharwad, Belagavi, Bijapur, Uttara Kannada, (Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar and Bellary up to 1980s) Manipal Institute of Technology and the Kasturba Medical College of Manipal were affiliated with Karnatak University at Dharwad and all degrees were awarded by Karnatak University from 1953 to 1965.

The bifurcation of districts and establishment of new universities in this region has reduced the affiliation coverage of Karnatak university to the present day districts of Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Haveri and Gadag.

Kousali Institute of Management Studies[edit]

Kousali Institute of Management Studies (KIMS) was established in 1976 as the Department of Management Studies.[1] KIMS offers a Master of Business Administration two-year full-time course, with specializations in finance, marketing and human resources. Intake for the MBA course is 60 students. KIMS also offers a Ph.D. program, with an intake of 16 students.

Postgraduate departments[edit]

The university has the following faculties: science, management studies and social sciences. Medical science and engineering faculties were 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]

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 Mass Communication & Journalism
  • 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
  • Urban Design & Planning
  • Department of Electronic Media

Department of Management Studies[edit]

  • Master in Business Administration (International Business)
  • Master in Commerce
  • Master in Corporate Secretaryship

Arts Departments[edit]

  • Dr. R.C. Hiremath 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 Yoga Studies
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Kannada Research Institute
Kanaka Adhyayana Peeta at Karnataka University

Post-graduation centers[edit]

Karnataka 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
  • karnarak university PG centre, Haveri

Affiliated colleges[edit]

All colleges except those offering professional courses in the districts of Dharwad including Dharwad city colleges, Gadag, Haveri and Uttara Kannada are affiliated 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.


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

Notable alumni[edit]

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 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 June 2015 H. B. Walikar
16 June 2015 Incumbent Pramod Gai


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