Nalwadi KrishnaRaja Wadiyar
Founder, University of Mysore
Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV (Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar; 4 June 1884 – 3 August 1940) was the twenty-fourth maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore, from 1894 until his death in 1940. At the time of his death, he was one of the world’s wealthiest men, with a personal fortune estimated in 1940 to be worth US$400 million, equivalent to $7 billion at 2018 prices. He was the second-wealthiest Indian, after Mir Osman Ali Khan, Nizam of Hyderabad.
He was a philosopher-king, who was seen by Paul Brunton as living the ideal expressed in Plato’s Republic. He has been compared to Emperor Ashoka by the English statesman Lord Samuel. Acknowledging Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV’s noble and efficient kingship, Lord John Sankey declared in 1930 at the Round Table Conference in London, “Mysore is the best administered state in the world”.
The vernacular name Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar comes from the word “nalwadi” meaning “the fourth” in Kannada.
Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar
Founder, University of Mysore
Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar(18 July 1919 – 23 September 1974), was the twenty-fifth maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1940 to 1971, ruling from 1940 until the monarchy was abolished in 1950, continuing to hold the title of maharaja until princely titles were abolished in 1971, and remaining head of the erstwhile royal family with the unofficial title of maharaja thereafter through his death. He was a noted philosopher, musicologist, political thinker, and philanthropist.
Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar was the only son of Yuvaraja Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar and Yuvarani Kempu Cheluvajamanni. He graduated from Maharaja’s College, Mysore in 1938, earning five awards and gold medals.
Founder, University of Mysore
“Remember, your work may be only to sweep a railway crossing, but it is your duty to keep it so clean that no other crossing in the world is as clean as yours”
On the 15th of September 1861, more than a century ago a little boy was born in Muddenahalli in the Chikkaballapur Taluk of Kolar District (Mysore State). His father Srinivasa Sastry and his mother Venkachamma named him Visvesvaraya.
Hall of Fame
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
“A good teacher must know how to arouse the interest of the pupil in the field of study for which he is responsible. He must himself be a master in the field of study and be in touch with the latest developments in the subject. He must himself be a fellow traveler in the exciting pursuit of knowledge.”
Sir Mirza Ismail
Sir Mirza Muhammad Ismail – Amin-ul-Mulq(24 October 1883 – 5 January 1959) was an Indian statesman who was the Diwan (Prime Minister) of the Kingdoms of Mysore, Jaipur and Hyderabad.
Sir Chetpat Pattabhirama Ramaswami Iyer, Diwan, Travancore considered him “one of the cleverest men in India”. Long-time friend Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman said that “Sir Mirza’s accessibility and personal charm coupled with his depth of knowledge and his keen sense of human and cultural values made him a great and highly successful administrator”.
Prof. C. N. R. Rao
Prof. C. N. R. Rao (born on 30 June 1934, Bangalore, India) is the National Research Professor as well as Honorary President and Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Science.
Dr. K. V. Puttappa (Kuvempu)
K. V. Puttappa was born on 29th December 1904 of a well-to-do family of agriculturists. His father was Venkatappa and mother Seethamma. From his childhood, he imbibed everything he heard and saw from the forest-rich land of Malenad area. Plant and animal world provided constant company to this shy and self entertaining and ever-inquisitive boy.
Sri Sri Sri Shivakumara Swami
Shivakumara Swami (born Shivanna; 1 April 1907 – 21 January 2019) was an Indian supercentenarian, humanitarian, spiritual leader and educator. He was a Lingayat religious figure, he joined the Siddaganga Matha in 1930 Karnataka and became head seer from 1941. He also founded the Sri Siddaganga Education Society. Described as the most esteemed adherent of Lingayatism, he was referred to as Nadedaaduva Devaru (walking God) in the state.
Before his death at the age of 111 years, 295 days, he was one of the oldest people living in India. In 2015, he was awarded by the Government of India the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award.
Dr. U. R. Ananthamurthy
Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy is a contemporary writer and critic in the Kannada language and is considered as one of the pioneers of the Navya movement. He is well known among Indian authors. He is the sixth person among eight recipients of the Jnanpith Award for the Kannada language, the highest literary honor conferred in India.
Padma Shri S. L. Bhyrappa
Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa (born 26 July 1931) is an Indian novelist, philosopher and screenwiter who writes in Kannada. His work is popular in the state of Karnataka and he is widely regarded as one of modern India’s popular novelists. His novels are unique in terms of theme, structure, and characterization. He has been among the top-selling authors in the Kannada language and his books have been translated into Hindi and Marathi which have also been sellers.
Bhyrappa’s works do not fit into any specific genre of contemporary Kannada literature such as Navodaya, Navya, Bandaya, or Dalita, partly because of the range of topics he writes about. His major works have been at the center of several heated public debates and controversies. He was awarded the 20th Saraswati Samman in 2010. In March 2015, Bhyrappa was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship. The Government of India awarded him with the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.
Chief Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah
M. N. Venkatachaliah (born 25 October 1929) was the 25th Chief Justice of India. He served as Chief Justice from 1993 to 1994. He currently serves as the Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed University)
N. Santosh Hegde
Nitte Santosh Hegde (born 16 June 1940) is a former justice of the Supreme Court Of India, former Solicitor General of India and was Lokayukta (ombudsman) for
N. R. Narayana Murthy
Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy (born 20 August 1946), commonly referred to as Narayana Murthy, is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys, a multinational corporation providing business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services.
R. K. Laxman
Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman (24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015) was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He was best known for his creation The Common Man and for his daily cartoon strip, “You Said It” in The Times of India, which started in 1951.
Padma Bhushan Prof. M. Mahadevappa
Madappa Mahadevappa(born 4 August 1937), popularly known as Rice Mahadevappa is an Indian agricultural scientist and plant breeder, renowned for developing high yielding hybrid varieties of rice. He served as the Vice-chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad for two terms and as the chairman of Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board under Indian Council of Agricultural Research of which he is a current member of governing council. He is the recipient of Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour and various other accolades.
Kengal Hanumanthaiah (14 February 1908 – 1 December 1980), also spelt as Kengal Hanumanthaiya, was the second Chief Minister of Karnataka (then, Mysore State) from 30 March 1952 to 19 August 1956. He contributed to the construction of Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the state legislature.
He graduated in Arts from the Maharaja College in Mysore in 1930 and later earned a degree in Law from Poona Law College in 1932. During his college days, he was elected as the Secretary of the Students Union and the Karnataka Sangha. After his graduation, he joined the bar council in the same year.
Siddavanahalli Nijalingappa (10 December 1902 – 8 August 2000) was an Indian freedom fighter, Congress Party politician, and lawyer who served two terms as the Chief Minister of Karnataka (then Mysore State) first between 1956 and 1958, and once again from 1962 to 1968.
He played an important role not only in the Indian freedom movement but also the Karnataka Unification movement.
D. Devaraj Urs
D. Devaraj Urs (20 August 1915 – 6 June 1982) was an Indian politician who served two terms as the eighth Chief Minister of Karnataka (1972–77, 1978–80), a state in southern India. He entered politics in 1952 and was an MLA for 10 years. When the Indian National Congress split in 1969 as Samstha(Congress(O)) and Indira Congress (Congress (R)), he stood with Indira Gandhi. He became the Chief Minister of Karnataka (fifth Assembly) for the first time from 20 March 1972 to 31 December 1977 and later for the second time from 17 March 1978 to 8 June 1980 (sixth Assembly).
S. M. Krishna
Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna (born 1 May 1932) is an Indian politician who served as Minister of External Affairs of India from 2009 to October 2012
Basavayya Rachaiah (10 August 1922 – 14 February 2000) was an Indian politician. He was a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Chamarajanagar Karnataka in 1977. He was the governor of Kerala and Himachal Pradesh. He was a Dalit leader, who was a member of the Karnataka state cabinets headed by S. Nijalingappa, B. D. Jatti, Devraj Urs, Veerendra Patil, Ramakrishna Hegde and S. R. Bommai.
For the services rendered to the State, A circle on SayyajiRao Road in Mysore is named after Sri rachaiah.
Devegowda Javaregowda (6 July 1915 – 30 May 2016) was an Indian Kannada author, also known as De Ja Gou or simply Javaregowda. He was disciple of authors T.N. Srikantaiah and Kuvempu.His literary career spans over decades in which he wrote over thirty-four biographies in Kannada language and other works including children’s literature. He campaigned for the promotion of Kannada language. He had received Pampa Prashasti (1998), Padma Shri (2001) and the Karnataka Ratna (2008) awards for his contributions in literature and education. He became a centenarian in 2015 and died on 30 May 2016.
B. M. Shri
Belluru Mylaraiah Srikantaiah(ಬೆಳ್ಳೂರು ಮೈಲಾರಯ್ಯ ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠಯ್ಯ), known popularly as B. M. Shri ( ಬಿ. ಎಂ. ಶ್ರೀ), was an Indian author, writer and translator of Kannada literature.
S. Siddaramaiah (born 12 August 1949) has been the 22ndChief Minister of Karnataka, a state in South India, since 2013.
Eminent Alumni List
Sri Pandit Taranath
Mr. Javagal Srinath
Karnataka Rajyotsava Awardees
Dr. Latha Rajashekhar
(Swarna Latha) Poetess
Dr. Vasanth Kumar Thimakapura
Smt. Aryambha Pattabhi
Famous Kannada Writer
Dr. Cha. Sarvamangala
Sri S. Thippeswamy World Renowned Photographer
Honorable Vice Chancellors
Prof. Ha Ma Nayak
Prof. J.Shashidar Prasad
Prof. G.Hemantha Kumar
Prof. Padma Shekar
Prof. Eashwar Bhat
Prof. B. R. Ananthan
Prof. E. T. Puttaiah
Prof. T. C. Shivashankar Murthy
Prof. M. Muniyamma
Prof. Anjana Murthy
Prof. H. A. Ranganath
Prof. K. M. Safee Ulla
Prof. J. A. K. Tareen
Prof. Chidanada Gowda
Prof. Sri Mali
Prof. Ambalike Hiriyanna
Dr. M. Madaiah
The following great Personalities are the Proud alumni of our University
Diwan Sir Mirza Ismail
Sri Srikantadatta Narsimaraja Wadeyar, Prince of Mysore
Smt. Pramodadevi Wadeyar, Maharani of Mysore
Sri Sri Sri Deshikendra Maha Swamiji
Dr. H. V. R. Iyengar, Former Reserve Bank of India Governor
Sri S.V.Krishna Murthy Rao, Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha
Sri Nittoor Srinivasa Rao, former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court
Justice M. H. Hombe Gowda
Dr. M.H.Mari Gowda, Father Of Indian Horticulture
Sri. B.S.Keshavan, Renowned Librarian
Dr.V. S. Arunachalam
Sri K. V. Subbanna, Renowned Dramatician
Prof. G. Venkatasubbayya, A Centenarian
Smt. D. Kanakalakshamma The first lady graduate
Smt. D. Venkatasubbamma, The first lady medical graduate
Smt. Vijayalakshmi and Smt. Sharada, the first two lady law graduates
Smt. Ranganayaki, the first lady engineering graduate
Sri R. K. Narayan Famous Novelist, Writer
Sri R. K. Laxman Renowned Cartoonist
Prof. A. N. Prahlada Rao
Sri Gopalakrishna Adiga Famous Kannada Writer
Prof. B. G. L. Swamy Writer, Botanist
Sri Adagur H. A. K. Ramanujan
Prof. Narayana Rao G.T. Famous Astronomist
Prof. Krishnaswami Iyengaar H.S. Famous Writer
Prof. Bahaddhur. USA, Donor of B.N. Bahaddur Institute of Management
Dr. C. L. Laxmipathi Gowda, Former Dy.Director General, ICRISAT
Sri Jaggi vasudev, Famous Spiritual leader
Prof. C. D. Narasimhaiah. Dwanya Loka
Prof. Mahadevaiah. STEP, JSS Institute
Notable Literary Figures
Prof. B. M. Srikantaiah
Prof. C. P. Krishnakumar
Sri Alanahally Krishna
Dr. Pradhana Gurudutt
Prof. K. S. Bhagawan
Prof. Maleyuru Guruswamy
Dr. Kale Gowda Nagavara
Prof. Neelagiri Talawar
Sri Na. Naagachandra
Prof. Preethi Shubhachandra
Prof. C. V. Sridhara Murthy
Prof. K. Bhairava Murthy
Prof. Malali Vasantha Kumar
Prof. Morabada Mallikarjuna
Sri Indudhara Honnapura
Dr. Kabbinale Bhardawaj
Prof. Ramadas Kannada Writer
Prof. L. Siddaveeregowda Zoology Professor, Former UPSC Member
Prof. Krishnegowda Kannada orater
Prof. Anne Gowda English Writer
Dr. A. C. Lakshman IFS
Prof. R. Vasudeva Murthy Educationist, Mahajana Education Institutions
Prof. V K Nataraj
Dr. H. B. Rajashekhar, Rajashekhar Health Foundation
Dr. S. P. Yoganna, Suyoga Hospital
Dr. Vishnumurty, Gopal Gowda Hospital
Dr. Ankegowda Children Specialist
Dr. Shekar M. A
Dr. Govindappa B. M. Hospital