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Mangalore University (MU) is a public university in Konaje, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India. MU has jurisdiction over the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kodagu.[1] The university imparts higher education in field of arts, commerce, science, law and management. In the eighties and early nineties, prestigious engineering colleges such as the Manipal Institute of Technology and the National Institute of Technology Surathkal were affiliated to Mangalore University. These colleges have since been granted deemed university status by the Government of India and therefore are no longer affiliated to Mangalore University. The university still has several good colleges in the area affiliated to it.

Mangalore University
MottoKnowledge Is Light
ChancellorVajubhai Vala
Vice-ChancellorP. Subramanya Yadapadithaya
Location, ,
Coordinates: 12°48′56.72″N 74°55′26.67″E / 12.8157556°N 74.9240750°E / 12.8157556; 74.9240750


Mangalore University campus is located at Mangalagangothri 21 km from Mangaluru on the southern side.


Vice chancellors
  • B. Sheik Ali, 1980–1985
  • K. M. Safeeulla, 1985–1989
  • M. I. Savadatti, 1989–1995
  • S. Gopal, 1995–2001
  • B. Hanumaiah, 2001–2005[2]
  • Thimme Gowda, 2005–2006 (acting)[3]
  • K. M. Kaveriappa, 2006–2010[4]
  • K. K. Achary, 2010 (acting)
  • T. C. Shivashankara Murthy, 2010–2014[5]
  • K. Byrappa, 2014–2018[6]
  • Kishore Kumar, 2018 (acting)[6]
  • Ishwara P., 2018–2019 (acting)[7]
  • Kishore Nayak, 2019 (acting)[7]
  • P. Subramanya Yadapadithaya (2019–)[8]

The previous undivided Dakshina Kannada (South canara) district was under jurisdiction of University of Mysore. In the early 1970s there was a growing demand for a local university. A post graduation centre of Mysore university was set up in the late 1970s at Mangaluru. To satisfy the demand for separate university Mangalore University was set up on 10 September 1980. The engineering and medicine disciplines were later transferred to Visvesvaraya Technological University and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences of Karnataka respectively. In 1993, the Manipal associated colleges were transferred to Manipal University.


As of January 2008, the university had 25 post-graduate departments on the campus, two constituent colleges, four law, 13 education, five autonomous and 119 affiliated colleges/institutions.

It is the first university in the country to start Bachelor's degree programmes in Hotel Management & Tourism, Fashion Design, Apparel/Garment Design, Leather Design & Technology, and Human Resource Development and post-graduate programmes in Computer Software and Yogic Sciences.


  1. ^ "Mangalore University all set to celebrate jubilee". Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Hanumaiah is new Mangalore varsity V-C". The Times of India. 29 October 2001.
  3. ^ "Thimme Gowda is acting VC". The Hindu. 30 October 2005.
  4. ^ "K.M. Kaveriappa appointed Executive Director of Higher Education Council". The Hindu. 1 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Prof T C Shivashankara Murthy Appointed Vice Chancellor of Mangalore University". Daijiworld News Network. 2 March 2010.
  6. ^ a b Shenoy, Jaideep (4 June 2018). "Kishore Kumar C K appointed acting VC of Mangalore University – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b Shenoy, Jaideep (28 February 2019). "Kishori Nayak assumes charge as acting V-C of Mangalore University - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  8. ^ Shenoy, Jaideep (3 June 2019). "P S Yadapadithaya in new vice-chancellor of Mangalore University - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 June 2019.

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