Kannada University was established in the year 1991 by the Karnataka Government through the Kannada University Act, 1991 after long years of agitation and continuous demands
There a numerous departments in the university that are known for their outstanding teaching staff and research works. A few of these are:
Department of Manuscriptology
The department collects manuscripts of all kinds and preserves them so that they could be studied to know about the past.
Department of Ancient History and Archaeology
Since the time of its inception the department has been bringing about the programs that it was initially built for and it is remarkably doing so by emphasizing more on the history, archaeology and culture studies of Karnataka.
Department of Sculpture and Paintings
The department students have carried out many Art Exhibitions throughout the state of Karnataka and have also brought glory to the department as also to the university.
Department of Tribal Studies
The department is focused mostly on the research works of the tribal life of Karnataka. The department is sheltered in a mini-campus having hut-like structures displaying the life of the tribes.
The major research works and individual projects that have been done are:
There are two very well equipped libraries in the university with the names “Akshara” and “Sarvagna” which is aided by the UGC. The “Sarvagna” library is specifically built for the dissemination and also collection of Karnataka studies and books.
There are two auditoriums in the university campus- one indoor and another open-air each being named as “BhuvanaVijaya’ and “Navaranga” respectively.