Kuvempu University

Kuvempu University is a public state university in Shankaraghattta, Bhadravathi taluk, Shivamogga, Karnataka, India. It was established in 1987 by the act of the Karnataka state legislature through amendment No. 28/1976 dated 29 January 1989 under the Karnataka State University Act 1976.[2] The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in wide range of disciplines. It was recognized by the UGC in 1994 and is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).[3][4][5]

Kuvempu University
Jnana Sahyadri
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Former names
Sahyadri University
Motto in English
"Foster Creativity in Teaching"
Established1987; 35 years ago (1987)
Academic affiliations
ChancellorThawar Chand Gehlot
Governor of Karnataka
Vice-ChancellorB. P. Veerabhadrappa
DirectorKumara Chalya
Academic staff
Shankaraghattta, Bhadravati, Karnataka

Coordinates: 13°55′0.12″N 75°34′0.12″E / 13.9167000°N 75.5667000°E / 13.9167000; 75.5667000
CampusRural, 230 acres (93 ha) (Main campus)
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The university has its headquarters at Jnana Sahyadri Campus, Shivamogga. Its campus is called Jnana Sahyadri, which means 'The Western Ghat section of knowledge'. It has university jurisdiction over malnad districts of Shivamogga and Chikmagaluru, through which the Sahyadri mountain ranges pass. The campus sprawls across an area of 230 acres.[6] The campus has an admixture of wild and domestic animals.


Vice chancellors
  • Shanthinatha K. Desai, 1988–1990
  • M. R. Gajendragad, 1991–1996
  • P. Venkataramaiah, 1996–1999
  • S. P. Hiremath, 1999–2002
  • K. Chidananda Gowda, 2001–2006
  • Bailure Sheena Sherigara, 2006–2010
  • Syed A. Bari, 2010–2014
  • T.R Manjunath, 2014–2015
  • Prof. Jogan Shankar, 2015–2019
  • Dr. B. P. Veerabhadrappa, 2019–present

Established on 29 June 1987, Kuvempu University is the youngest of the affiliating universities in Karnataka State. It was named after the great Kannada writer, Kuvempu, Jnanpith laureate, doyen of Kannada literature. He was native of Shivamogga district and vice-chancellor of University of Mysore. Kuvempu hailed from the Malenadu region. He enunciated the statement 'Vishwamanawasandesha' — A word of advice on the doctrine of Universal Manhood. True to its form and nature the university had adopted Kannada as the administrative and official language.

Kuvempu University, comprising the Shivamogga and Chikkamagalur districts, has been the epicenter of a majority of religious, cultural and social movements of Karnataka. The farmers, the dalit and the socialist movements of Karnataka in the 20th century were born here.

The education jurisdiction of Kuvempu University spreads over two districts of Shivamogga and Chikmagalur. It also has outlying regional post-graduate centres at Kadur. The university offers conventional and non-conventional courses.

Te main campus, Jnana Sahayadri, is at Shankaraghatta, 28 km from Shivamogga town. The campus, spread over an area of 230 acres (0.93 km2), is built on a hillock, seamlessly blending with the surrounding area.

The logo has a mythical animal with the trunk of an elephant and the body of a bird (supposed that of a swan). This animal, called Gajahamsa (Gaja+Hamsa), is commonly found in the Vijayanagara and the Keladi sculpture and temple art. Symbolically it is supposed to be combination of knowledge and wealth. Lakshmi, the devi (goddess) of wealth, has an elephant as her vehicle. Saraswati, the devi of knowledge or education, uses a swan as her vehicle. Gajahamsa is a combination of these animals.

The campus has limited wifi connectivity with password access to all affiliates. It has even access to online journals in the UGC consortia called JCCC.

Kuvempu's son-in-law K. Chidananda Gowda was the vice-chancellor from 2001 to 2006. The current vice-chancellor is Dr. B. P. Veerabhadrappa.[7]


The academic life on the campus includes seminars, symposia, special lectures and workshops. Conventional and non-conventional course of study have updated syllabi responsive to the needs of contemporary society. The research orientation is innovative, original and directed to societal needs.

The campus area is free of pollution including noise pollution. The main buildings were constructed on a small hill and blend naturally into the landscape.[citation needed]

Jnana Sahyadi, the main campus of Kuvempu University, is at Shankaraghatta, 28 km from Shimoga town, the district headquarters, and 18 km from Bhadravathi, the well-known industrial town. The campus is only 2 km from the magnificent Bhadra Reservoir across the river Bhadra, one of the important lifelines of the area. The campus sprawls over an area of 230 acres (0.93 km2). The main campus can be reached by private bus service. Shivamogga, Bhadravathi and Tarikere towns are close to the campus and are well connected by rail.

The administrative building, Kuvempu Shathamanothsava Bhavan, on the main Jnana Sahyadri campus, houses almost all the offices of the university including the office and secretariat of the vice-chancellor and the registrar, human resource management, development, academic, finance section, SC-ST and OBC cells, planning, monitory and evaluation board, etc. The examination, Directorate of Distance Education are in Parikshanga - Doora Shikshana Bhavan. All these offices are fully equipped with computers. Students have access to a gym and medical center for free and there are paid canteen, bank (SBM), and post office on the campus.

Organisation and administrationEdit

Schools and departmentsEdit

School of Languages, Literature and Fine ArtsEdit

  • Department of English studies|English
  • Department of Hindi
  • Department of Kannada
  • Department of Urdu
  • Department of Sanskrit
  • Department of Fine Arts

School of Social SciencesEdit

  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of History and Archaeology
  • Department of Social Work (Jnana Sahyadri Campus)
  • Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Department of Adult Continuing Education and Field Outreach

School of Economics and Business StudiesEdit

  • Department of Economics (Jnana Sahyadri Campus)
  • Department of Business Economics (MBE) (P.G. Centre, Kadur)
  • Department of Commerce (Jnana Sahyadri Campus)
  • Department of Accounting and Finance
  • Department of Business Administration (Jnana Sahyadri Campus)(P.G. Centre, Kadur)
  • Department of Tourism Administration
  • Department of Master of Banking, Finance and Insurance

School of Physical SciencesEdit

  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Computer science|Computer Sciences
  • Department of Computer Applications (MCA)
  • Department of Industrial Mathematics and Computer Applications
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Electronics
  • Department of Library and Information Science

School of Chemical|Chemical SciencesEdit

  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Industrial chemistry

School of Bio SciencesEdit

  • Department of Applied Botany
  • Department of Applied Zoology
  • Department of Wild Life Management
  • Department of Biotechnology
  • Department of Bioinformatics
  • Department of Microbiology (Jnana Sahyadri campus)
  • Department of Clinical Psychology

School of Earth Science and Environmental SciencesEdit

  • Department of Applied Geology
  • Department of Remote Sensing Application
  • Department of Water Management and Water Harvesting
  • Department of Environmental Science

Department of LawEdit

  • Department of LL.M (Business Law)

Department of EducationEdit

  • Department of Education (Jnana Sahyadri Campus)
  • Department of Physical Education

Research centreEdit

  • Centre for the Study of Local Cultures (CSLC). A joint venture with the university of Ghent, Belgium. It involves studying the local tribal and village cultures from a scientific perspective and understanding the modern life changes, resulting in a postgraduate diploma in 6 months.


The university has 101 affiliated colleges, three constituent colleges (among three, one is autonomous college) and other one autonomous college, one B.P.Ed. college, and 18 B.Ed. colleges under its jurisdiction spread over 2 districts of Shivamogga, and Chikmagaluru. It also has outlying regional Post-Graduate centre at Kadur. It offers postgraduate courses and research programmes (Ph.D.)in faculty of art, commerce and science. Karnataka State and has in its ambit 50 postgraduate departments, four constituent colleges and 133 affiliated colleges offering graduate-level courses in disciplines catering to the education needs of more than 50,000 students. There are five medical colleges, three engineering colleges and one management college. Sahyadri Arts and Science Colleges and Sahyadri Science College, erstwhile Government institutions are now constituent colleges of Kuvempu University. These premiere colleges of this region have completed 66 years of existence. Among the celebrities who are alumni of the colleges are Dr. U. R. Ananthamurthy, Jnana Peetha Awardee, Prof. C. N. R. Rao, eminent scientist, Sri K. V. Subbanna, Magsaysay Awardee and others. The Sahyadri Science College has become autonomous from 2006 to 2007. The Diamond Jubilee Building constructed with partial financial support of the alumni association includes a well-equipped seminar hall inaugurated by Prof. CNR Rao & named as Prof. CNR Rao Hall.


The university has 59 post-graduate departments of studies in the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, Education and Law offering 45 post-graduate (PG) programmes, four PG diplomas(regular) and one undergraduate programme. There are many colleges affiliated to this university offering undergraduate courses in the above-mentioned faculties.

The academic wedge on the main campus houses the post-graduate departments of studies in English, Political Science, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, MSW, Economics, Sociology, English Language Teaching, Journalism and Mass Communication.

The department of Sanskrit was moved out of Janasahyadri campus in Shankaraghatta village into the Sahyadri College in Shivamogga Town due to lack of student strength. The VC insisted the course to run as he was reluctant to squander an Arts course to non-existence despite socially valued in urban places. The university has a strict mandate to close a course if a minimum number of students don't buy seats for a number of years from the state government.

Library & Information Science is in the Library departments and in Computer Science Departments Mathematics, MCA and Electronics. Pharmaceutical Chemistry has started on the premises of Govt. Junior College.

A new Post-Graduate Centre at Kadur started from the academic year 2007–08 with three courses: Master of Business Economics (MBE), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and M.Sc. To establish the PG Centre at Kadur, the State Government allotted 65 acres (260,000 m2) of land adjacent to Kadur town and released Rs.2 crore for the development of the P.G. Centre.[8]

Kuvempu University started courses under the distance education scheme on the lines of Indira Gandhi National Open University from the academic year 2002–03. This open university would provides M.A., M.Sc, and M.Com. Information Technology courses are also on offer, including B.Sc IT and M.Sc IT. A B.Sc. ITIM course that focuses on IT Infrastructure Management was introduced in Distance Mode in 2002. This is aligned to the needs of the rapidly growing IMS industry.[9]


The library offers facilities for reading, borrowing, and reference to the students, teachers and research scholars of all departments. Over 70,000 books and 4,000 archived periodicals are available. The library has kept pace with technology by introducing a CD-ROM database and Internet and e-mail facilities. The library provides facilities for self-directed student learning outside standard university hours.[10]

National Service Scheme (NSS)Edit

Kuvempu University NSS section is a part of the Karnataka State.[11] There is a programme coordinator whose office is presently housed in front of the Sahyadri College, Shivamogga. The NSS wing provides training to undergraduate students by organising annual camps, national camps, and socially useful programmes. It coordinates the adult literacy programmes in which the students participate actively. The post-graduate unit of NSS has students from the post-graduate departments on the campus. It is supervised by a co-ordinator (from the faculty) and his team.

Employment Information and Management DepartmentsEdit

To help students plan their career and seek placement, the Employment Information and Guidance Bureau has been established on the campus. It functions under the supervision of a director who is from the faculty and assisted by the deputy chief and assistant chief who are appointed by the government. The bureau circulates information regarding employment opportunities, competitive examinations, UGC JRF and National Eligibility Test, State Level Eligibility Test, etc.

It organises employment counseling sessions. The post-graduate students, on completion of their P.G. degrees are required to register at the Bureau. To inspire the student community to prepare for rigorous examinations, the Bureau organises free coaching classes for various competitive examinations such as Indian Administrative Service, K.A.S., Banking and Staff Selection Commission.


University and College rankings
General – international
QS (Asia) (2020)[12]451–500
QS (BRICS) (2019)[13]301–350
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2020)[14]101–150
NIRF (Universities) (2020)[15]73

The university was ranked 73rd among universities in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2020[15] and in the 101–150 band overall.[14]


The university has a publishing house called the Prasaranga just like its counterparts of Mysore, Bangalore, Dharwad and Hampi universities. It publishes books authored by professors of the Kannada department in Kannada. This is largely due to Prof Kumar Chalya (in that department) who introduced the technology of joining the beads of printers from his experience working in printing companies.

Student lifeEdit

Kuvempu University from its inception has been organising seminars, talks, conferences. During the early days of the university, local people were cordially invited into the debates and seminars during the twilight hours. Then the culture changed and strikes and debates on politics took over for many years for graduate constituencies in the Member of legislative council of the Karnataka State. Things took a standstill then.

From then on the annual cultural function called Sahyadri Utsav was celebrated with pomp and parade. Apart from this every year, the Campus at Jnana Sahyadri have their conference or workshops with talks from eminent speakers. Nearly all the departments award PhDs. There will be celebrations for the viva of PhDs. Kuvempu University had organized silver jubilee science exhibition open to public on its 25th year celebration with regard to science, arts and physical education.

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "About Kuvempu University". Universities of Karnataka. 13 July 2009. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Members of the Association of Indian Universities". Association of Indian Universities. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2007.
  5. ^ [1] Archived 28 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Kuvempu improve infrastructure". The Hindu. 14 July 2009. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2007.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "Vice Chancellor of Kuvempu University".
  8. ^ "Facults And Departments at Kuvempu University". Higher Education in India. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2007.
  9. ^ "Kuvempu varsity to start Distance Education Scheme". The Hindu. 31 July 2002. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2007.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
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  11. ^ "Facilities in Kuvempu". 4 July 2009. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2007.
  12. ^ "QS Asia University Rankings 2020". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2020.
  13. ^ "QS BRICS University Rankings 2019". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018.
  14. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  15. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.

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