Dramas are like true interpreters of our indications, but there is art required to sort and understand them said Michel De Montaigne and it is fact that the Karnatak Arts College the mother of the Karnatak University and also its constituent college is the result of the dream of its founders Dewan Rao Bahadur Rodda Srinivasa Rao and Dewan Bahadur Artal Rudragouda. These two men dared to dream that North Karnataka, then a part of the Bombay Presidency, needed an educational institution for the students of this region they had to go either to Bombay or to Pune to pursue higher studies. Their tireless efforts paid off when in June 1917 the Karnataka College came into existence. The foundation stone of Karnatak College was laid on 20th June 1917 by the then Governer of Bombay (earstwhile Bombay Province). The college was later bifurcated for administration purposes as the Karnatak Arts College and Karnatak Science College- two only in name but one in spirit. Both the colleges share common campus and other campus amenities for administrative purposes. Over the years new courses like B.Com, B.B.A., M.T.A., B.T.A., B.S.W., B.Com (CS), M.A. (English), M.A. (Economics), M.Com. (CS) and M.Com were started thereby justifying what Rabindranath Tagore once said “The great task of education is not merely to collect facts but to known man and to make oneself known to man”. The students of this college are spread across the length and breadth of the country and also abroad. If you just go strolling across the streets of Dharwad, are sure to run into at least one KCDian. At present, there are about 2000-2500 students studying on the campus pursuing various courses. This is a place where dreams are realized, goals are reached, targets met, carrers bloom and memories cherished. Blessed indeed are those who study in these environs!
Karnatak College was established with an intention of providing something more than a machine for grinding our graduates and a place where the young men and women will learn to be athletes, self reliant and loyal citizens of the country. Late Sir. Siddappa Kambli played a vital role in establishing the science wing in Karnatak College in 1924. The Karnatak University Dharwad, in 1958, took over the Karnatak College to run it as a Model College.
The college has a huge campus, sprawling over 55 acres of land, with eco-friendly atmosphere. It is centrally located and well connected by roads to the major parts of Dharwad City. The college has seven major basic science departments viz Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Criminology & Forensic Science, Botany and Zoology and Department of BCA & BSc(Computer Science) with independent buildings. Department of English, Kannada, Mathematics, Statistics and other languages are common to both Science and Arts Colleges. Each department has its own library, excellent museum, well- equipped laboratories and well-furnished classrooms. It has kept up high tradition of quality education with student strength as specified by the Karnatak University for B.Sc. degree, B.Sc in Computer Science and B.C.A. course.
Karnatak University College of Fine Arts and Music is a constituent college of Karnatak University, Dharwad. Dharwad is the land of great Musicians like Pandit Mallikarjun Mansoor, Pandit Basavaraj Rajguru, Dr. Gangubai Hangal and Pandit Bheemsen Joshi. Considering their contribution to the field of Hindustani Music and to popularize the art of Music in this part of Karnataka, Karnatak University introduced music in the late fifties for B.A. and B.Sc. part I level as a basic subject. Provision was made to teach Instrumental Music in the Hindustani Style and Vocal, both in Hindustani and Karnataki style. The strength of students increased year after year. The Music department in Karnatak Arts College was given the status of Music College in 1975. Fine Arts and Music College produces Bachelors in Music. Hindustani Vocal and Instrumental Music (Sitar and Tabla) are being taught for B. Music, B.A and P.U.C students.