Over a Century 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 began 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 K.L.E. Society has made it a vast educational phenomenon that manages over 256 institutions in the area of Healthcare delivery, Agriculture, Engineering, IT, Law, Pharmacy, Nursing Over 16,000 employees and more than 1,25,000 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 K.L.E. University. Recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) KLE University assures that the Institutions will adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards in providing the finest of education. Its premier law institutions offering undergraduate level law courses in India are bringing about a positive change in millions of lives every year.

The K.L.E. Society’s S. A. Manvi Law College, Gadag lives up to the aims of the K.L.E. Society’s endeavours in the vision, leadership and dedication of the Chairman, Dr. Prabhakar B. Kore who completed more than 36 years of dedicated service as Chairman of the society. The collective efforts of every single member of the society continue to propagate the piety by transforming the youth into responsible citizens to instill the sense of peace, order and social justice.