About KLE


Over 9 decades ago, in 1916, the region of Karnataka experienced the birth of a new era – the Karnatak Lingayat Education Society. It was a humble initiative that would transform the bleak educational landscape in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The saga begins with its illustrious founders. Sri. Chachadi Veerabhadrappa Gunappa Desai, Sri. Artal Rudragouda and Sri. Vaijappa Anigol, who all collectively believed in providing education for the common man. Their efforts were ably supplemented by the seven visionaries – Sri. S.S. Basavanal, Sri. M.R. Sakhare, Sri. B.B. Mamadapur, Sri. H.F. Kattimani, Sri. Panditappa Chikkodi, Sri. B.S. Hanchinal and Sri. Sardar Veeranagouda Patil, with the collective contribution from renowned philanthropists of the region, such as Sri. Sirsangi Lingaraj, Sri. Raja Lakhamagouda Sardesai and Sri. Bhoomaraddi Basappa and help from other philosophers, intellectuals and educationists, the society began laying a strong educational foundation, with its base at Belgaum, Karnataka.

The commitment and dedication of the KLE Society has made it a vast educational phenomenon that manages over 216 institutions in the area of Healthcare delivery, Agriculture, Engineering, IT, Law, Pharmacy, Nursing… Over 9,953 employees and more than 83,420 students from kindergarten to doctoral programmes, the Society has indeed come a long way. And, in the process, become a key player whose commendable contribution to healthcare and education, has gained global recognition.  Yet another chapter in the history of the Society has begun with the newly formed KLE University. Recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) Behind the Society’s endeavours is the vision, leadership and dedication of the Chairman, Dr. Prabhakar B. Kore who completed 28 years of dedicated service as Chairman of the society.  The collective efforts of every single member of the Society continue to propagate the pioneering spirit, with the assurance that the Institutions will adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards in providing the finest of education

Dr. Prabhakar B Kore MP

Chairman-KLE Society

Chancellor-KLE University