In the beginning of the third quarter of 20th century-on the
18th August 1954 to be precise, the infant Laxmi Venkatesh Desai College
was beginning to make a name for itself with just 9 students on its
rolls in Hamdard School. Soon the College moved to a thatched structure
in the station area. The College named after the donors Late Smt.Laxmi
Bai Venkob Rao Desai. and Late Sri Venkob Rao Desai, is today on a sprawling
campus measuring nearly 17.5 acres of land. This was made possible because
of the munifienct donations from the late Venkob Rao Desai and the late
Laxmi Bai Venkob Rao Desai. These two great souls hailed from a remote
far-flung village called Maladakal in Devadurg Taluk, indisputable the
most backward backward in the educationallly backward Raichur district.
But for them, higher education for the people of this area would have
remained distant dream. The first Principle late R.B. Magal’s
efforts provided the impetus for its growth and the successive Principals
the late John Satyanathan, Sri.B.R.Ramachar, the late.U.Vasudeva Bhat,
the late K.S.Naidu, Sri.Balaji Rao, Sri. Narasimhamurthy, the late P.V.R.Sharma,
Sri S.G.Bellary Sri.M.N.Krishnamurthy, Sri.N.S.Kale, Sri.A.Krishnan,
Dr. Basavalingayya Soppimath, Dr. K.Krishnamurthyand the present Principal
Dr. S.M. Khened with unstinted support from the Management, raised this
institution to its present status.
The College Managing Committee members have been actively involved in
the functioning of the College. The College has an independent building
of its own. The class rooms have sufficient ventilation, fans in every
room and are adequately furnished. Water cooler-cum-filters provide
each one with clean cool drinking water.
Welcome to the Laxmi Venkatesh Desai College Campus “The
Temple of Learning”. The campus houses L.V.D. Degree College and
S.R.P.S. P. U. College, the most Prestigious Colleges of Raichur run
by the Taranath Shikshana Samsthe. Before you know more about the Colleges
on the campus, it is desirable that you have some idea about Raichur,
the Samsthe and its founder Pandit Taranath.
Raichur, known as Doab, is situated between the two sacred rivers Tungabhadra
and Krishna. It occupies an important place in the annals of Indian
history, having been a part of the great Vijayanagara empire of Krishnadevaraya
and later a part of the Nizam State. Raichur is well connected by rail
and road. The predominant occupation of the people is agriculture, thanks
to the Tungabhadra Left Bank and the Narayanpur Right Bank Canals and
the Rajalabanda Reservoir. Raichur district, known as the Rice bowl
of Karnataka, has also other crops like cotton, jawar, groundnut, sunflower
and chilli. However, Raichur lags behind in education and it is in this
context the role of Taranath Shikshana Samsthe will always be remembered.
Dasa Sahitya and Sharana Sahitya have had their origin here, enriching
Kannada literature immensely. The uniqueness of the city is that the
people brought up here can speak Kannada, Telugu, Hindi and Urdu. The
various religious and linguistic groups live in amity and harmony, a
classic example of ‘unity in diversity’.
The industrial scenario of this historic city shot into fame and prominence
with the establishment of a mega Thermal Power Plant, a light-line for
the people of Karnataka. With the inclusion of Raichur as an Industrial
Growth Centre, many industrial units in diverse fields such as Iron
and Steel, Pharmaceutical, Oil extraction and Cotton were established,
thus placing Raichur on the Industrial map of Karnataka.
A visionary, an achiever, an ardent social reformer, a great
humanitarian, late Pandit Taranath revolted against the repressive measures
of the Nizam and quit the teacher’s post in protest and with the
support of some like-minded friends founded Hamdard Primary School in
Raichur in 1920. This School blossomed into a high School, and is now
a Composite Junior College. To give shape to his vision in the field
of education, a group of philanthropists of this area established the
Raichur Education Society.
TARANATH SHIKSHANA SAMSTHE :
Raichur Education Society was later christened as Taranath Shikshana
Samsthe as a mark of respect to the founder late Pandit Taranath. Sri.
Bhawarlal Somani was the First President and Sri.G.K.Rajpurohit was
the Secretary. Sri. Soma Raman Gouda was the President during 1965-87.
Late. Sri.M.Nagappa, took over as the Secretary in 1971. During this
period, B.R.B. College of Commerce, S.S.R.G. Women’s College &
S.C.A.B. Law College were established. The present President Sri. Parasmal
Sukhani took over in 1987 and since then several new job oriented courses,
like B.B.M., B.C.A., P.G. Diploma in Fashion Design Technology and new
subjects like Computer Science, Microbiology and Bio-Technology have
been introduced. And there has been a special focus on quality education.
The present Management, under the stewardship of President Sri. Parasmal
Sukhani and General Secretary Sri. Maski Nagaraj, comprising eminent
persons drawn from different walks of life, is known for its commitment,
dedication and transparency. Selfless and self-effacing members, present
and past, have put their heart and soul to ensure that quality education
is imparted to the people of this educationally backward area, the poor
and needy in particular at an affordable fees.
The General council has 27 members and each Institution is administered
by a Managing Committee.
LAXMI VENKATESH DESAI COLLEGE : A Pioneer
In the beginning of the third quarter of 20th century-on the 18th August
1954 to be precise, the infant Laxmi Venkatesh Desai College was beginning
to make a name for itself with just 9 students on its rolls in a thatched
structure in Raichur. Soon the College moved to the present location.
The College, named after the donors Late Smt.Laxmi Bai Venkob Rao Desai
and Late Sri Venkob Rao Desai, is today on a sprawling campus measuring
nearly 17.5 acres with over 1,00,000 sq.ft. built up area. This was
made possible because of the munificent donations from the late Venkob
Rao Desai and the late Laxmi Bai Venkob Rao Desai. These two great souls
hailed from a remote far-flung village Maladakal in Devadurg Taluk,
indisputably the most backward in the educationally backward Raichur
district. But for them, higher education for the people of this area
would have remained a distant dream.
The College has greatly contributed in educating three generations thereby
changing social, economic and cultural scenario in this notified socio-economically
backward region of the state.
The former and present Principals and staff, with the unstinted support
of the Management, have taken pains to bring the standard of the College,
which is entering into its 60th year of existence, to this level.
The College is Re-Accredited with ‘A’ Grade (CGPA 3.22)
by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council during its visit
in December 2012. This ‘A’ grade, which is awarded to very
few institutions in the state, speaks volumes of the quality of the
The college is housed in a spacious land measuring 17.5 acres, which
has proximity to several housing colonies but away from the din and
bustle of the city an ideal locale conducive to teaching - learning
activities. All the science departments in the college have well equipped
laboratories with departmental libraries and internet facility. The
class rooms are well ventilated and sufficiently furnished. A separate
ladies room, 60kVA generator and clean R.O. drinking water are the noteworthy
amenities in the college. Banking and Canteen facilities separate parking
facilities for boys and girls and the staff have made the college most
WOMENS HOSTEL :
The College provides Hostel facility to outstation girl students on
the campus. Thanks to UGC for its grants, supplemented with the generous
financial support of the Samsthe. The hostel can accommodate 60 students.
The rooms are well furnished. The inmates of the hostel are provided
with R.O. drinking water facility and hygienic food at affordable cost
and uninterrupted power supply.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE :
The College is known for its academic excellence. Ever since inception,
it has been effectively imparting need-based quality education at affordable
fees to the people of this area. The percentage of results at the University
and state levels speaks volumes for the quality of education being imparted.
That a large number of the alumni of the institution occupy positions
of authority in the Administrative and corporate sectors through the
length and breadth of the country and abroad proves to show the sustained
efforts being made to make education qualitative and effective.
Need-based intensive coaching and remedial courses to the SC/ST and
economically weaker sections are being conducted. Each Department takes
care to conduct seminars. Class Tests and Preparatory Examinations help
to assess the strength and weakness of the students. The staff members
make use of Audio-visual gadgets to make their teaching more effective.
There is an independent building for the Library with about 50,000 volumes
and a good number of periodicals and journals. It has internet and reprograph
facility for the students. There is a separate reading room too. The
Library and the reading rooms are kept open even after the college hours
during examination time.
The College boasts of excellent, well equipped laboratories in all the
science departments that are upgraded periodically. The Microbiology
Department is housed in a separate building and the Computer Science
department has three fully air-conditioned laboratories. Liberal grants
from the University Grants Commission helped to upgrade the laboratories
and library. The Botanical Garden, with some of its rare plants, lends
Colour and Charm.
The PG Dept. in Physics has high precision instruments in the laboratory
with research facilities developed with grants from VGST, UGC and the
college funds. The PG laboratory for MSc Chemistry too is well equipped
with separate laboratories.
SPORTS FACILITIES :
With a large playground the college boasts of facilities for Foot Ball,
Volley Ball, Hockey, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Basket Ball and Cricket. For
Athletics, a separate 400 meters Track and facilities for other field
events are also provided. The facility for indoor games like Shuttle
Badminton, Table Tennis, Chess etc., are available in the Auditorium.
The multi stage Gym in the college helps the students to be fit and
healthy. All these have helped the students to earn a name in the