KUVEMPU University was established in the year 1987, its been 30 years. The university is named after the great Kannada writer, Jnanapeetha awardee, Rashtra kavi Shri Kuvempu. The university campus is called “Jnana Sahyadri”. The university is spread over 230 acres of a lush green picturesque locale, undisturbed and pleasant atmosphere, 26kms from Shivamogga at a place called Shankaraghatta. Shivamogga & Chikkamagaluru districts come under the juridictions of Kuvempu university. The emblem of the university is a mythical animal, Gajahamsa (trunk of an elephant & body of body of swan) commonly found in Vijayanagara & Keladi sculptures.
The university had Post graduate centers in Kaduru & Chikkamagaluru to provide higher education to the rural youth. The University has 99 affiliated colleges. These include 3 constituent colleges, 30 Government aided colleges, 65 Unaided private colleges, and one college under the direct control of the University, spread over the two districts offering Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Programmes. Among them, 18 colleges offer B.Ed programme; 35 colleges have been assessed and accredited by NAAC; and 47 colleges are admitted to 2(f) and 12(b).
Constituent Colleges: Sahyadri Arts College, Sahyadri Commerce and Management College, and Sahyadri Science College (Autonomous), the erstwhile government institutions, are now the constituent colleges of Kuvempu University. These colleges have contributed illustrious persons to every important field. Among the celebrities who are the alumni of the colleges are Dr. U. R. Ananthamurthy, Jnanapitha awardee; Prof. C. N. R. Rao, eminent Scientist and Bharatha Ratna awardee; Sri. K. V. Subbanna, Magsaysay awardee; and Sri. D. H. Shankaramurthy, Speaker of Legislative Council and former Minister of Higher Education, Government of Karnataka.Both the colleges have been recognized as Colleges with Potential for Excellence by the University Grants Commission. Sahyadri Colleges are celebrating Platinum Jubilee.
The university has Distance Educaiton which offers Under-graduate, Post graduate & PG Diploma courses. It also has The Keladi museum, is a unique museum of manuscripts, sculptures and paintings which also houses a publication wing. The museum houses about 2,500 palm leaf manuscripts, thousands of paper manuscripts written in Kannada, Sanskrit and Telugu scripts, besides four hundred palm leaf manuscripts in Tigalari script. It provides facilities to scholars for research.
The Library is housed in a modern and well equipped building with excellent infrastructure facilities for reading, borrowing and reference to the students, teachers and research scholars of all Departments.The library has access to more than 15000 e-resources under the Shodh Sindhu programme of the UGC-Inflibnet Centre.
Green Library: A unique Wi fi enabled natural library where students can browse hundreds of books and journals, enjoying cool, calm, serene natural bamboo forest, other trees and creepers, occasionally filled with music from birds in the campus.
The university also has
- Add on PG diploma courses
- Coaching for civil service examinations
- Directorate of student welfare
- co-curricular activities
- Asare- a unique program conducted for physically challenged students
- Women’s study center
- Sexual harassment redressel center
- Online students grievance redressel cell
- Disability center
- Employment information & guidance bureau
- Placement cell
- Student counselling center
- Cafeteria & Bank
- Earn & learn scheme
- Health center
- City office
- WiFi enabled campus
- CCTV monitored campus