JSS Mahavidyapeetha

Jagadguru His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji,






Jagadguru His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji,

President, JSS Mahavidyapeetha.


The origin of JSS Mahavidyapeetha (JSSMVP), a formidable educational movement, can be traced to the establishment of a small hostel in 1928 to cater to the accommodation needs of students pursuing higher studies in Mysore. His Holiness Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji established the Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Mahavidyapeetha (JSSMVP) in 1954 and it was registered under the Societies’ Registration Act 1960.

Focusing on a purpose as expansive and yet as specific as improving quality of life through Human Development, the JSS Mahavidyapeetha has grown from strength to strength. A long and healthy life, Education for all and a decent standard of living, the indicators of Human development, have been the underlying philosophy of Jagadguru Sri Veerasimhasana Mahasamsthana Math, Suttur Srikshethra, for centuries. This is also the philosophy for which the Mahaidyapeetha today stands for.

Under the untiring efforts of Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, the Mahavidyapeetha has witnessed enormous growth in the field of education and today has over 300 institutions under its fold, from kindergartens to postgraduate centres and postdoctoral research catering to the educational needs of more than 1,00,000 students.

The Mahavidyapeetha continues to play an important role in expanding the scope of its activities to several branches of knowledge, welfare and culture. Its educational efforts span crèches for toddlers of working rural women, schools to impart primary and secondary education in both Kannada and English medium, Colleges, Polytechnics, Technical, Medicine, etc. For realizing its mission, it has equipped itself with an extensive infrastructure and an army of dedicated and highly qualified human resource. These institutions, located in strategic areas, serve a broad spectrum of society, from virtually remote tribal villages to metropolitan cities such as Bengaluru, Noida, New Delhi, Ooty, and Coimbatore, besides their presence in United States, Mauritius and Dubai.

Apart from formal education, the initiatives stretch to integrated rural development through training and empowering of rural folk, reaching out healthcare to people through modern and traditional Indian systems of medicine, patronizing literary activities, visual arts, performing arts, restoration of temples and historical monuments.

Managing Committee Members:

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Jagadguru His Holiness Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji President, JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysuru
Justice Dr. Shivaraj V. Patil
Retd. Justice of Supreme Court
Sri Chiranjeevi Singh, IAS (Retd)
Retd. Principal Secretary
Dr. Channabasappa
Sri. M.B. Dhyaberi, IAS (Retd)
Sri V. Vinayaka Shankar, B.E,
Sri S. Shivakumara Swamy
Retd., Associate Professor
Honorary secretary

Technical Education


Prof. M H Dhananjaya,

ADVISOR, Technical Education Division, JSSMVP.

In its National Education Policy, the Central Government has accorded great importance to technical education. In keeping with the national policy and responding to the local needs of the society, the JSS Mahavidyapeetha has given importance to technical education. At a time when there were not many facilities for technical education, the establishment of Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering in Mysore in the early 1960s by the JSS MVP laid a firm foundation for technical education in the private sector.

The Technical Education Division of JSSMVP provides guidance to the technical education institutes. Under the Division, there are 1 Science and Technology University, 4 Engineering colleges, including those in Mauritius and NOIDA, 4 Polytechnics (1 for women and 1 for the differently abled students), 3 Industrial Training Centres,  and 3 STEPS (Science and Technology Entrepreneurs’ Park) attached to engineering colleges and some other institutions. With the able support from the management, these institutions is achieving its goal in providing trained technical manpower to the country through the qualified and committed staff members with the state-of-the-art infrastructure.

About Institution

Sri B. ELANGOVAN, Principal

JSS Polytechnic for the Differently Abled (JSSPDA).

In India, a person born with any kind of disability was believed to be a sin in the society. For decades, opportunities in education, employment and other living status was denied for the differently abled even though efforts are being made to rehabilitate them by the Government and other socially responsible organizations both in terms of education and employment. 


VISION of the Institution

Empowering Differently Abled persons with the state-of-art professional skills, enhancing morality and mental ability for better living.

MISSION of the Institution

M1: Imparting knowledge to the differently abled students with accessible learning environment
M2: Facilitating appropriate co-curricular, extracurricular and extension activities
M3: Providing value-added life skills and knowledge in addition to the regular academic input to make them employment-ready
M4: Instilling the spirit of socialization, equity, ethics and social responsibility



  • Transforming minds of the differently abled students with positive attitude and bring them into the main stream of society.
  • Providing high quality technical education on par with the other diploma level institutions.
  • Creating accessible environment for improvement of teaching-learning process.
  • Encouraging students to participate in beyond-the-curriculum activities for facing the society with confidence.
  • Bridging-the-Gap between the education and employment needs among the differently abled students.
  • Become the Center of Excellence in technical education exclusively for the differently abled.
  • Expansion of facilities to accommodate more number of differently abled students through addition of new need based programmes.

JSS Polytechnic for the Differently Abled (JSSPDA) was established by JSS Mahavidyapeetha in the year 1991-92 under the World Bank Assistance Scheme of the Government of Karnataka. This institute is first of its kind in India and only polytechnic in the state of Karnataka offering technical education at diploma level exclusively for the differently abled students. Initially, 3 courses namely Architecture, Computer Science & Engineering and Commercial Practice were started for Orthopedically Handicapped, Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired (partial). Later 3 more new courses were added namely Jewellery Design & Technology (JD&T), Electronics & Communication Engineering and Computer Applications for the Visually Impaired (CAVI). JD&T and CAVI courses were started for the first time in India. All the six courses are approved by the Board of Technical Education, Government of Karnataka and All India Council for Technical Education, Government of India. The admission to this polytechnic is on all India basis and the minimum entry level qualification is a pass in SSLC or its equivalent with approved level of disability. Significant efforts are made to improve the admission to this polytechnic and the entire infrastructure such as buildings, equipment, library books, hostel facilities and other amenities were created under the World Bank Assistance initially for the 3 courses accommodating 270 students. More than 80% of them are from rural and economically backward groups. The students are given education at an affordable cost with necessary scholarships and grant support from State and Central Govt., JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Social / Industrial organizations and individual philanthropists. In addition, the staff are provided with benefits like provident fund, Group Insurance, Health Insurance and free medical facilities including counseling by psychologist in the institution. The students are also supported with facilities / devices which would help them to overcome their difficulties related to disabilities.

The institute till today has produced nearly 1,200 graduates; most of them are employed in industrial establishments, research institutes, Govt. organizations and service establishments. A few of them are also self-employed. Some of the passed out students have also gone in for higher education in their respective disciplines. The institute has academic autonomy in terms of curriculum design to suit the requirement of the employers, conduct exams and declare results. The autonomy has helped the institution to carry on the course to suit the requirement and the pace of disabled students without sacrificing the academic input that the employing organizations look from a prospective employee. The diploma certificate will be issued by Board of Technical Examination, Govt. of Karnataka.

The institute as on today has 450 students pursuing their diploma in 6 different disciplines. The facility that was originally created for 270 students is not sufficient to accommodate the present strength. There is a need to augment the existing infrastructure in terms of class rooms, laboratories, library, student amenities and hostels.

As per the National Policy of the Govt., there is a provision to earmark 3% of the budget for the welfare of differently abled persons. Further there is also reservation in job placements. Our experience shows that, industries / service establishments are keen to help the differently abled who are competent for suitable jobs. Hence, there is a great need to strengthen this institution which is already well known in the society.

Recognizing the contribution that this institute has made over two decades, the Govt. of India has awarded “Best Institution working for the cause of Persons with Disabilities” (Additional award) in the year 2012 by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India.  The award was presented by His Excellency The President of India.

During the year 2016 The Government of Karnataka has honoured us with a State Award under the category of Best Institution working for the cause of Persons with Disabilities”.

Members of the Governing Council (GC)

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Name of the Member



His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamigalavaru, President, JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysuru



Dr. C G Betsurmath, Executive Secretary, JSSMahavidyapeetha, Mysuru.



Prof. M H Dhananjaya, Advisor, Technical Education Division,                          JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysuru.



Dr. H R Mahadevaswamy, Joint Director, Technical Education Division              JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysuru.



Sri B R Umakant, Joint Director (Projects), Technical Education Division          JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysuru.



Smt. Shanthi Raghavan, Founder, Managing Trustee,                                         M/s EnAable India Pvt. Ltd., #473/B, Adugodi Main Road, 8th Block Koramangala, Bengaluru – 560 095



The Director, Department of Technical Education, Govt. of Karnataka,               Tantrika Shikshana Bhavan, Palace Road, Bengaluru – 560 001



The Regional Officer, SWRO – AICTE, University Campus,                               Bengaluru – 560 001



The State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, # 55, Rasildhar Street,  Sheshadripuram, Bengaluru – 560 001



Sri N Narendra, Managing Director, M/s Vinyas Innovative Technologies Pvt.     Ltd., Hebbal Industrial Estate, Hebbal, Mysuru – 570 027


Sri Murali Kumar, Programme Director, Centre for Inclusion,                              M/s EnAble India Pvt. Ltd.,# 473/B, Adugodi Main Road, 8th Block,                  Koramangala, Bengaluru – 560 095


Sri N M Shivakumaraswamy, Sl. Gr. Lecturer in Science,                                    JSS Polytechnic for the Differently Abled, Mysuru – 570 006


Sri B Elangovan, Principal, JSS Polytechnic for the Differently Abled,                   Mysuru – 570 006