“Beautiful College! So historical, so grand and noble!”
Diwan Bahaddur Rodda Shrinivasrao, Rao Bahaddur and Aratal Rudragouda, the pioneers of Mumbai-Karnataka region and its culture did this exactly in 1917 by establishing Karnatak College for the benefits of the people of South Maratha Country after the closure of Deccan College of Pune. Once this heritage building had belonged to the Indian railways. In fact, KCD building is a unique building with its marvelous architecture and such buildings can be seen in Oxford and Cambridge as I noticed them in my stay at Oxford in 2001. In fact, the purpose behind establishing the College is the same as that of Oxbridge colleges..
Sir Siddappa Kambali, the then education minister of Bombay Govt started science courses in 1934 that later facilitated for the growth of Karnatak Science College. All this then led to the establishment of Karnatak University in 1949 the year when B. G. Kher, the Chief Minister of Bombay Govt started the University of Ahmedabad and the University of Pune.
The first principals of Karnatak College were all Englishmen. As many as 22 professors, including Prof Armando Meneges and Jnanapeeth awardee Prof V. K. Gokak, have, so far, served as the College’s principals.
The alumni of the college include such great men as Shri P. B. Gajendragadkar, the former CJ, Supreme Court of India, Padmabhushan Dr D. C. Pawate, the former VC, KUD and the Governor of Punjab, Padmashri Nandan Nilekani, the former CEO of Infosys, Dr M. Y. Saudatti, the former vice-chancellor of Mangalore University, Dr A. M. Pathan, the former vice-chancellor of Karnatak University and later the Central University of Karnataka at Kalaburagi, Padmashree Dr Raman Deshpande and Dr R. B. Patil, the leading doctors, Dr K. M. Koliwad, the former senor scientist at NASA, Major Gen Mr Michigan, Lt Col R. S. Desai, Dr Ravi Surpur IAS, Shri Nanjundaswami IPS, Shri Jagadeesh Dodamani IFS, finally the well-know writers Girish Karnad and Shashi Deshpande as bards for singing the glory of these gifted men. The College in Thos Warton’s words is, Virtue’s aThe first principals of Karnatak College were all Englishmen. As many as 22 professors, including Prof Armando Meneges and Jnanapeeth awardee Prof V. K. Gokak, have, so far, served as the College’s principals. wful throne! Wisdom’s immortal source!
Karnatak College celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1945, its Golden Jubilee in 1968, its Diamond Jubilee in 1978, its Platinum Jubilee in 1998 and now the College will have its centenary celebrations as if moving towards perfection. Prof Pramod Gai, our Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor is keen to make the year-long centenary programes a grand success and, as the College’s alumni, I shall add all my mite for this.
Prof Mallikarjun Patil