SDM has always had the primary concern in paving a way for development through education. To bring about a reform in the education system of India, SDM has inculcated new creative methodologies and also brought into practice the ancient scientific forms like the gurukul system. The educational experience at SDM institutes has very widely been accepted as that of a very great quality and stature globally.
Primary education is the base that gives a child a purpose to life, and SDM trust wanted to make sure a high quality education accessible to all the local kids. The glory of the institutes is now so widespread that children from all parts of the country come over to study in the residential schools of the trust. English being the globally accepted language, an added significance is given to it along with the regional language.
While the Kshetra runs schools where education is provided to the children in the regional language, Shri Veerendra Heggade never forgot the importance of English in the modern society. To this end, he established a number of English medium schools, providing an enhanced avenue of education for the local crowd.
The most beautiful experience, albeit with a tinge of emotion, is a visit to Mangala Jyothi a school with a remarkable difference. This institution which is managed by the Shree Kshetra on the outskirts of Mangalore, is an integrated school where differently abled children are taught alongside normal children. Maintaining a ratio of one disabled child for every two normal children, the school ensures that disability does not scar the innocent minds of the children. Advanced teaching aids and methods help bridge the intellectual gap. More than the education, the affectionate and warm relationship between the tutor and the taught is a sight that is rarely seen in such institutions.
Having ensured that Primary Education is accessible to almost every child in this picturesque part of Dakshina Kannada, Shri Veerendra Heggade set about establishing a chain of colleges through the SDM Educational Trust. Unlike most institutions, the syllabi offered by these colleges had the future in mind. Apart from the conventional combinations, they offered a wider choice, experimenting with unique combinations of new disciplines. No wonder students who passed out of these institutions had a better exposure and a broader scope to specialize in.
Among the colleges managed by the trust, this college is definitely the crowning jewel.
A handpicked faculty of highly dedicated teachers compliments an equally impressive infrastructure of laboratories; thoughtfully designed class rooms and one of the most impressive library that could make any educational institution proud.
A wide choice of subjects with unique combinations is what sets this college apart with the potential par-excellence. It offers full-fledged 21 Undergraduate and 7 Postgraduates Courses. Post Graduation courses cover subjects like psychology , social work, medicinal chemistry, bio technology, commerce and journalism. This apart , the college offers a postgraduate course that emphasizes Rural Development and Community Projects
Its proactive approach to education has helped it to be re-accredited with an ‘A’ Grade with CGPA 3.61/4 by NAAC, a committee of Union Grants Commission. It enjoys an Autonomous Status with EDUSAT facility, and fosters Information Technology enabled online lecturing.
The college has successfully branched out to others Centers of Excellence. Notable among them being, the Ha.Ma.Na Research Center affiliated to the Hampi University. It offers facilities for Studies and Research in Kannada, Sanskrit, History, Economics, Sociology. The sprawling campus has a separate Center for Advanced Research in Psychology and Research in Naturopathy and Yoga. This Center is affiliated to the Mangalore University. It also houses the SDM Research Center with 6 departments affiliated to the Tumkur University. No wonder students from far and wide are attracted to join this college which is easily a shining example of a fully integrated educational facility.
Ujire is also home to yet another unique experiment by Shri Veerendra Heggade. Unlike other educational institutions, the Residential Pre-University College is class-apart. While it does offer students the conventional stream of subject, what makes college unique is the approach; It follows the ancient Gurukul System. Children have to follow a strict but friendly regime. The average for the student begins with prayers, yoga and meditation. The day long classes are followed by compulsory games and extracurricular hobbies in the evening.
A common dress code and community type of dining hall and dormitories help develop a unique bond of self respect and love among students. Every student is taught to be self-reliant in every aspect.
The bouquet of professional institutions managed by the SDM Education Society has set standards of excellence that have set a progressive benchmark in the educational field. Shri Veerendra Heggade, in his usual visionary approach, felt that education in these institutions should go beyond the convention; they should amplify the scope of the syllabus to allow young minds to bloom without the fetters of traditional thoughts and concepts handed down the generations.
To achieve this goal, Shri Heggade, spared no expense and effort in providing the finest examples of educational institutions that cater to the following streams of education:
- Engineering and Technology
- Medical Sciences
- Conventional and alternate medicines
- Dental Science
- Business Management and Management Studies
- Industrial Training Institutes
Located at Ujire, Mangalore, Udupi, Hassan, Dharwad, Bangalore, Mysore, Venur and Samse, these institutions have without any doubt, nurtured some of the best professionals in the country.
Apart from the standard of education imparted and the exhaustive choice of subjects offered, these institutions are excellent examples of modern architecture. Every one of these institutions reflects Shri Veerendra Heggade’s passion for aesthetic excellence and a deep commitment to provide the perfect ambience for the young academicians to blossom their minds.
Located in the beautiful coastal town of Mangalore, this College without any doubt is one of the finest examples of how a College should be structured in terms of faculty, facilities and the ambience. It offers regular 3 and 5 year Courses in LLB, Postgraduate (LLM) and Cyber Law Certificate. But what makes it unique is the Post Graduate Diploma in Labour and Service Laws and Intellectual Property Rights, the first of its kind in Karnataka.
This is perhaps the only Law College to be re-accredited with “A” Grade by NAAC. Its Library with over 16000 titles is a veritable storehouse of legal information. Practicing Lawyers and Judges too come here in search of reference. A fully fledged Moot Court provides the perfect ambience of an actual courtroom, for students to hone their knowledge and learn the art of advocacy. Regular Seminars, Workshops, Moot Court Competitions and Mock Trials further add to the student’s knowledge. The College organizes legal aid camps covering two villages every year under the guidance of the college faculty. Recognized by the Government of Karnataka, these camps provide students hands on experience to attain confidence. CERA and National Law School of India have selected this college as a Center for Environmental Education Research and Advocacy. Since 2011, it is recognized as a Research Center by the Karnataka State Law University and 8 students are pursuing their Research Program. The Law Lab established by this college is the first of its kind in the country.
This College is one of the oldest institutions offering Management Courses. Reaccredited with “A” Grade (2010) by NAAC, this College is also known for its allied courses. Apart from the regular BBM, it also offers BHRD, BCA and PGDBM courses. Its MBA course, instituted in 2007, has elevated this College to become the most sought after institutions both by the students and the Business houses in the country.
Both these institutions, established exclusively for women are good examples of women empowerment. Being women centric, these Institutions have been designed to empower women to successfully interweave professional career with the homemaker’s role. Apart from conventional courses, this College in Mysore offers opportunity to specialize in Electronics, Computer Science, Business Management and other areas.
The ITI for Women at Ujire, helps women to pursue vocational courses that suit their aptitude. They pass out professionally qualified in the subject of their choice, ready to begin their own enterprise or find gainful employment in industrial units surrounding the area.
Any traveler who commutes between Dharwad and Hubli is taken aback by one of the most splendid examples of creative architecture. The breathtaking eloquence of the architecture is matched by the facilities and the quality of education imparted by this well known Dental College. Recognized by the Dental Council of India, this college offers BDS and Postgraduate Course (MDS) in all the 9 specialties of Dentistry and DMC course.
High standard of imparting education is also complemented by some of the best facilities for students to practice what they are taught. These include 300 dental chairs, 60 phantom head tables, conventional and digital X-Ray equipment and research facility. A well stocked library with all the important reference titles, video tapes of some classic dental surgery and live demos through CCTV plasmas of some unique cases of dental surgery taking place in the attached dental hospital, helps students augment their regular studies and prepare for a brilliant career in this field. The College has the distinction of being recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, UK. for the fellowship examinations of MFDS, MOMS and FRCS (parts A to C). It also collaborates with King’s College London Dental Institute, UK, and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, USA in conducting courses and student exchange programs.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore has honoured this institution with a score of 3.77 out of 4 (94.25%), the highest for any dental college and the 4th highest among all the institutions in the country. This accolade speaks volumes for the excellent education imparted by this College.
Over 3 decades ago, the beautiful town of Dharwad, known for its salubrious climate and educational institutions, became home to this premier institution. Spread over 50 acres of lush green campus, this college is a beautiful example of classic architecture. Thoughtfully ventilated, the college offers the right ambience for the serious subject of engineering and technology.
Over 30 years of its existence, the college has won several prestigious awards and recognitions for its innovative management activities, international festivals, conferences, seminars and workshops. The labs are equipped with some of the best facilities to ensure the students do not lose out on hands-on training. The handpicked faculty makes sure that the students are provided top end technical education blended with a good value system. Being fully computerized, the students can access EDUSAT networking.
The College offers 7 undergraduate courses, 7 post graduate courses and has a Research Center in 8 of its departments. This is an Autonomous Institute recognized by UGC. Accreditation from AICTE(NBA) enables this College to be a beneficiary of the World Bank sponsored TEQIP program both in Phase I and Phase II. The keen interest taken by the tutor and taught in achieving high standards of education, has helped this College to become the Center for Sponsored Research and Consultancy (CSRDC), Center for Excellence in Robotics in collaboration with Bosch Rexroth and Remote Center of Learning for IIT, Mumbai and others. To ensure the students in the rural areas around the Shree Kshetra, are not deprived of this facility, Shri Veerendra Heggade has established two Technical Institutes in Ujire, near Dharmasthala. These institutions offer graduate and diploma courses in Electronics and Communications, Computer Science , Information Technology, Mechanical and Civil Engineering.
This is the latest bloom in the beautiful bouquet of educational institutions, each unique in their own diverse way. Like all the other blooms in the bouquet, this college is inimitable held against any other institution of its kind in the country.
Its very ethos has been distinctly evolved by Shri Veerendra Heggade and Dr Niranjan the Director of the institution. Both of them were keen on ensuring that every doctor passing out of this institution should not be just academically proficient but render utmost respect to the profession that gives him the power to save precious lives within the ambit of modern medicine. Anyone who enters the precincts of the campus is bowled over by the breathtaking architecture of the buildings and the beautifully landscaped gardens. It is important to create an ambience conducive to the serious study of medicine. To match the expectations of the students great care has been taken to ensure every lab has state-of-art equipment related to the respective subject. The college has all the clinical departments for overall growth complemented by a well stocked library, museum and other facilities necessary to groom good professionals. A Skill Lab helps the young Interns to hone their surgical skills.
The faculty of highly qualified professionals too has been handpicked by Shri Heggade. Regular participation in Seminars and Workshops helps the lecturers to constantly update their knowledge. An integrated approach to study of medical science is unique to this institution. Apart from the regular College of Medicine, the campus houses the Colleges of Nursing and Physiotherapy too. The campus has a separate section to train technicians for Labs, X-ray and Dialysis. Affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, it meets all the criteria laid down by the Medical Council of India. Students are offered graduate and postgraduate courses in all streams of medicine. The Nursing and Physiotherapy Colleges too, offer both graduate and postgraduate courses respectively.
Like the neighboring Dental College, the students have the added advantage of gaining hands-on experience at the modern 500 bed hospital located in the campus. To freshen up the minds of the students, this eco-friendly, totally vegetarian college has a section where the young Doctors-in- Waiting can nurture their inherent skills by learning different forms of Art, Painting and Classical Music – both Indian and Western. The students are encouraged to relax their minds and body by practicing in the fully equipped gymnasium. Participating in sports, games and trekking helps the overall growth. To help students orient themselves with the local language and English – the medium of instruction – special classes are conducted to teach Kannada and English.
Though part of the Medical College, this institution has carved a niche for itself in the specialized branch of Physiotherapy. Though an essential part of patient rehabilitation, this branch of medical science, has not got the importance it deserves. But here in this Campus, great care has been taken to provide all the requisite facilities required for such an institution.
Even the faculty comprises of specialized doctors who have undergone training in MULLIGANS Manual Therapy.
This college is the only contact for Indian Aquatic Physiotherapy. The faculty also has Certified Doctors in Neurodevelopmental Technique, which is a boon to pediatric patients. This 16 year old college is recognized as the 6th Best College in India by the Indian Council of Market Research. It offers both graduate and postgraduate courses in all specialties. Very soon the College will also commence the Ph.D program. The free camp conducted by the College on World Physiotherapy Day, has been covered by World Federation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), London.
Situated at the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, in the picturesque and serene surroundings of rich foliage, is SDM Institute of Management Development at Mysore. It is one of the most beautifully planned colleges of the Group. Anyone who is pursuing a Degree in Business Management cannot find a better ambience. True to the tradition of Institutes in this Group, this college is unique in its approach to the study curriculum. It is designed to evolve a new breed of Managers who understand ethical implications and are committed to the values and beliefs they have imbibed. The Institute fosters the development of a unique management style that draws strength from Indian Culture but stretches across countries in a mutual sharing of knowledge and wisdom.
A rigorous admission process helps in enrolling students who have exceptional aptitude and potential. The process begins with the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). This is followed by a Managerial Aptitude Screen Test (MAS). The selected students thereafter go through a two year residential course to obtain their Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), which is equivalent to an MBA. In the second year the students are provided the option of specializing in Marketing, Finance, Systems, HRM and Operations.
The course is compiled from contemporary industry practices and exceptional case studies. Wide knowledge base, rich teaching experience and facilities of international standards nurture the contents of the course. The Management Development Program (MDP) is designed with Corporate Organizations in mind. The Institute also conducts Customer Specific Programs (CSP), Certificate Program In Business Management (CPBM) and a six month evening course.
Due to lack of acceptance and faith, this ancient science of healing, practiced in India for over 2000 years, became the personal repertory of a few dedicated families who passed on their knowledge down the generations.
While most people just lamented the fact that this magnificent legacy had not got the recognition and encouragement it deserved, Shri Veerendra Heggade, realizing its importance, took over the ailing College of Ayurveda in Udupi, way back in 1973. He revamped the structure, introduced better methods of teaching and updated the facilities. He breathed a new life in this holistic treatment by giving it a modern avatar.The tremendous response to this initiative inspired Shri Heggade to establish yet another College and Hospital of Ayurveda at Hassan in 1992. Affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, both these Colleges offer graduate and postgraduate courses – AMS, MD, MS and Doctoral degrees. They also offer 16 specialties in Post Graduation and Post Doctoral degrees. To empower the students with intense knowledge of Ayurveda and its nuances, the College has established a full fledged hospital, a herbal garden and a Central Research Laboratory inside the Campus. The students are provided access to the different branches of Ayurveda in the Hospital, which also houses a modern Operation Theater where operations are conducted in the true tradition of Ayurveda.
To augment these facilities, the Colleges also invite renowned practitioners of this ancient health science to impart their knowledge and share their experiences and experiments with the young students. The phenomenal growth of faith in Ayurveda and its mystical healing properties has inspired Shri. Heggade, to establish another College in Udupi. This new institute spread over 1, 40, 000 sq. ft. will be a modern college with global standards. It will be unique, modern and beautifully laid out, with state-of-art facilities, class rooms with audio visual aids and a Center for Research. This College will provide courses in graduation, post graduation, post doctoral titles tor international and meritorious students.
Shri. Heggade is also in the process of establishing another College of Ayurveda in Hassan and Bangalore. As a prelude to this project, a small unit staffed with experts in Ayurveda, has begun serving people since 2010, at Kengeri Upanagara Layout.
This College is truly a great example of the visionary genius of Shri Veerendra Heggade. Way back in 1987, who would have thought that this form of Alternate Medicine would become an avidly sought after option? How many would have dreamt that Naturopathy as a stream of education would be accepted by the young minds? Yet Shri Heggade went ahead and established a College for the pursuit of this almost forgotten form of Medicine. He also convinced the decision makers in the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health to give recognition to Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences as a serious professional option. Today his faith has borne fruit.
This College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences offers students passing out of under graduation schools a productive professional option. It has resurrected the waning art of healing to become one of the most sought after treatments. The nearby Hospital for Naturopathy and Yogic Healing is its shining example. Affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, this college offers a 5 year Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences (BNYS) Course and a three year Post Graduate (MD) course.
The college prides in having a cosmopolitan ambience in its campus, with students from 26 States of India and 4 other countries enjoying their study and internship here. Since inception over 800 Doctors have passed out of this College and are well placed in their profession. Some have established successful clinics abroad. This College offers a purely residential course. It is run like a Gurukul with stress on yoga, meditation, prayer and vegetarianism. The students are taught the importance of simple living and profound thinking. It is a brilliant example of how Modern Science can be interwoven with traditional values.
Its facilities include full fledged laboratories for Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology and Diet & Nutrition. It has beautifully ventilated Yoga and Meditation Halls. Apart from the regular coaching, learned practitioners of this health form are invited to share their knowledge and experience with the students. The nearby Hospital for Nature Cure & Yogic Science offers them practical experience too. The Institute stands out in the naturopathy education in the country, and the “Jindal Excellence Award” bestowed on Shri Veerendra Heggade by the Sitaram Jindal Foundation just proves it.
For a large part of our population education for the sake of education is a luxury. To address their needs the SDM Educational Society, has established a number of institutions that provide vocational training and education with a practical orientation. To a great extent these institutions have served to plug the gap between learning and earning a living.
These Training Centers are fine examples of teaching that equips students to stand on their own feet. They have the distinction of having 100% student absorption rate. The National Trade Certificates awarded by the Institutes are recognized even abroad.
Affiliated to the National Council for Vocational Training, New Delhi and DGET, New Delhi, the students are offered one and two year courses in various trades. The courses emphasize hands-on training in various disciplines. Students are trained in the following fields
- Automobile Repair
- Repairs of Electrical Motors
- Pumps and other Electrical Appliances
- Service of Refrigeration Equipment and Air Conditioners
- Repairs of Diesel Engines, Computers
- Electronic Equipment
Some pass out as Turners, Fitters and Welders. Students who pass out of these Institutions have either found gainful employment or have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs.
SDM Educational Society manages this Training Center with assistance from the Department of Women and Child Development. It has been established to impart training to the functionaries and officials of the Integrated Child Development Schemes of the Government of Karnataka.
The ITI for Women in Ujire helps women to pursue vocational courses that suit their aptitude. They pass out professionally qualified in the subject of their choice, ready to begin their own enterprise or find gainful employment in industrial units surrounding the area. The day long classes are followed by compulsory games and extracurricular hobbies in the evening. A common dress code and community type of dining hall and dormitories help develop a unique bond of self respect and love among students. Every student is taught to be self-reliant in every aspect.