Veerasaiva Vidyavardhaka Sangha was established in the year 1916 with a view to focus on providing education to all strata of the society in the rural areas of Ballari. This crusade against illiteracy and ignorance has now archived epic proportions. The Sangha today runs more than 40 educational institutions in Ballari, Koppala and Davanagere districts, covering Primary Education to Post Graduation courses in Arts, Commerce, Science, Engineering and Management. It aims to carry on the good work to the society in the years to come.
Rao Bahadur Y.Mahabaleswarappa Engineering College was established in the year 1980, under the aegis of Veerasaiva Vidyavardhaka Sangha, Ballari. Rao Bahadur Y. Mahabaleswarappa Engineering College has grown as one of the reputed Engineering Colleges in Karnataka and has contributed thousands of engineers to the society who have carved names for themselves in various fields in India and abroad. The Institute is affiliated to VTU, Belagavi, Approved by AICTE, New Delhi. The institute offers 7 UG, 6 PG programs and 7 Research centers. The institute has excellent sports facilities, well equipped labs and digital class rooms & in addition separate hostel facilities for boys & girls. The Institute is located 50 Kms away from the world famous historical place “Hampi”.
The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering is established in the year 1983 with an intake of 40. The current intake is 120 with M.Tech Course in DCN & Research Centre. The Department has accredited twice by NBA, New Delhi (2005 & 2008).
The Department has been actively organizing International/National Conferences, Workshop, Seminars/FDPs/Symposium and students are participating in State Level Project Exhibitions and International/National Level Conferences and has consecutively stood first.
The Department has procured Rs.50 Lakhs under MODROBS AICTE, New Delhi. The Department has received Rs. 20 Lakhs grants from VGST, GOK for KFIST level-1 and Rs 3 Lakhs grants for Students Project from NAIN, Govt of Karnataka, Bengaluru. The Department has the state of art laboratories and research facilities, in the field of Image Processing, Antenna Design, Analog Mode VLSI, Pattern Recognition, Embedded Systems, Communication & Networking.