Governing Council Members
Davangere is situated on the National Highway No.4. It is connected to all important places of India through broad-gauge rail routes.The attempts are being made to have airways links with the important cities of Karnataka & India.Davangere has the population of over five lakhs.
Though Davangere was earlier known for its trade commerce, the surrounding villages mainly depended on agriculture.The main crops like groundnuts,cotton,paddy and oil seeds grown by these farmers were being brought to Davangere. This led to the establishment of cotton mills,oil extracting mills,rice mills etcin Davangere.The Rajanahally, the B.T. and the Chigateri families stood atop in the establishment of mills and factories which generated employment opportunitiesto thousands of people.The rapid growth in this field got Davangere the name "The Manchester of Karnataka".Along with the mills and factories,business establishments,choultries,hotels,theaters,schools and colleges came into existence.
The birth of Bapuji Educational Association in 1958 was a milestone in the history of Davangere.Before the establishment of this association, there was a little scope for education in general and higher education in particular. Today there are more than forty six educational institutions right from LKG to PG,Diploma to Engineering, Nursing to Medical, BBM to MBA, B.C.A to M.C.A. In addition to this, there are a number of government and other private schools and colleges which cater to the educational needs of not only the students of Davangere district but also the students of other states and abroad.
The fall of cotton and oil mills due to many reasons brought an end to the glory that Davangere once enjoyed as "The Manchester of Karnataka".But the growth of educational institutions has now earned Davangere the name 'The Oxford of Karnataka' as it were to compensate the setback that the Davangere city had experienced. The growth of the Bapuji Educational Association and Davangere city are so identical that the Bapuji Educational Association and Davangerehave almost become synonyms.Many great families,donors and lovers of Davangere along with Sri.Shamanur Shvashankarappa, the present Hon.Secretary of the Bapuji Educational Association are worth noted in this regard.