Sri Mahaveera College was founded by Academy of General Education, Manipal and Sri Mahaveera College Trust 1965, with the primary objective of providing University education in a rural atmosphere for deserving students, especially those belonging to the low Community. Although this college is meant primarily for rural area students, it admits other students irrespective of caste and creed.The college aims at training young men and women of quality to be leaders in all walks of life, whom we hope will play a vital role in bringing about the desired changes for the betterment of the people of our country, more particularly of the Dalits and other poorer and marginalised sections of society. The College trains young men and women to serve their fellowmen in Justice, Truth and Love.
The College began functioning at Samaja Mandira from 9th July 1965. Subsequently the then Government of Mysore sanctioned 16.6 acres of dry waste land at the outskirts of the town, in Kodangallu, at the request of Sri. Mahaveera College Trust. Now, the college stands magnificently in the same plot. Afterwards, the Trust purchased 3-6 acres of land adjacent to the land sanctioned by the government. The foundation for the first building was laid on 22nd February 1965 by Sri. Hirachand Lalchand of Walchand Group of Companies. The first building was inaugurated on 26th June 1966 by the then Honourable Chief minister of Mysore Sri S Nijalingappa. The main block was inaugurated on 8th November 1968 and on the same day the college playground was inaugurated.
Ovation, Feast of Mahaveera, Independence day, Teachers Day, Department Festivals, International and National Seminars, Career Expo, Convocation, Sports day, Women’s Day, Hostel Day and College Day are some important functions celebrated in the College.