About Us

About the College

SDM College, Ujire is an autonomous college under Mangalore University. Founded in 1966, the college offers Bachelors and Masters Programmes in a serene campus at the foothills of the Western Ghats in Karnataka (India). The college is accredited by NAAC with A++ Grade on a Seven Point Scale in the Fourth Cycle. The college is a recognized centre for research programmes of Mangalore University, Tumkur University and Kannada University, Hampi. Managed by SDM Educational Society, it is headed by the visionary, Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala.

Our Emblem

The lotus at the base of the emblem indicates the blossoming of one’s personality while the lighted lamp at the centre symbolizes the burning desire for ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Truth’. The three layers encircling the lamp stand for the essentials of the process of education i.e. ‘Perception’ ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Conduct’ (perception growing into true knowledge and knowledge leading to refined conduct). This is envisioned through the motto of the institution, Samyagdarshana Jnana Charitryani: inculcation of a spirit of inquiry essential for acquiring knowledge that leads to true awareness and moulding of character

SDME Society

Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Educational [SDME] Society, Ujire® was established with the primary objective of making education accessible and affordable to the rural youth. With the hallmarked vision: Putting Value into Education, at present, it manages 56 educational institutions from Kindergarten to Doctoral Studies in the state of Karnataka in India. These institutions offer quality education in the fields of General, Law, Technical, Medical and Management Studies. These institutions ensure quality through updated skill sets and value based education.

Our President

The Dharmaadhikari of Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala, Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade is a multi-faceted personality who combines in him many roles. Being the head of a religious institution that draws millions, he is the dispenser of justice. The tradition of Chaturvida Daanaparampara (Four types of Charity: Annadana – Free Food, Vidya Daana – Free Education, Aushada Daana – Free Medicine and Healthcare and Abhaya Daana – Succor) finds greater meaning under his able administration of Shri Kshethra. As the president of SDM Educational Society, he is the guiding spirit and driving force behind the institution’s run. The Society under his guidance, runs more than 50 educational institutions – Kindergarten to the Doctoral studies – in the fields like Technical, Medical, Management Law and General Higher Education – across the state of Karnataka in India. He established Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP), which has transformed the hapless rural people into empowered individuals. Rural Development and Self Employment Training Institutes (RUDSETI) established nationwide by him have brought smiles on the faces of countless unemployed youth. Shri Dharmasthala Siri Gramodyoga Samsthe (SIRI), yet another social welfare organisation established by Dr Heggade, has provided a means of honourable existence to many rural people, especially women. Many awards and recognitions came in search of him for his untiring contributions to the welfare of the society. To name a few, he is the recipient of Ashden International Gold Award, London, which is also considered as the Green Oscar and Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India.

Our Principal

Dr Kumara Hegde B A, Associate Professor, is the Principal of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College(Autonomous), Ujire. He obtained his Post Graduation in Botany from Mysore University in 1987 with a Rank. He received Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Karnataka State Open University Mysore and MPhil in Ecological Studies from Alagappa University. He earned his  PhD from Kuvempu University for his research titled Ecological Studies of River Nethravathy with a Special Reference to Pollutant Bioremediation. Since 1988, he has been teaching Botany to graduate students. He was appointed Head of the Department and later Dean of the Science Faculty of the College. 


Dr Kumara Hegde has completed a research project funded by UGC on studying the Physicochemical Parameters of River Nethravathy. He has published six research articles in reputed National and International Journals and presented research findings in National Seminars. As a coordinator, he has played a pivotal role in availing financial assistance under the STAR COLLEGE SCHEME from the Department of Bio-Technology [DBT]. He has participated in 36 National and international Seminars and Conferences, presenting papers, delivering lectures and as an active participant.

He was the President of the Mangalore University  Association of Botany Teachers, VANASHREE. He has served as a member of the Board of Studies in Botany at  Mysore, Gulbarga and Mangalore Universities and various Autonomous institutions. He has served as the Vice President and General Secretary of the AMUCT.
He is an all-rounder, actively associated with cultural, sports and games, literary, social service and conservation-related activities. He was the President of JCI UJIRE. As an individual development trainer, he has conducted hundreds of personality development training programs to benefit youth. He has been conferred the Best NSS Programme Officer State Award and Indira Gandhi National Award for his valuable service in nation-building activities.

Our Vision

  • Empowerment through competency building with ethical foundation

Our Mission

  • Providing infrastructural facilities to meet the contemporary needs
  • Inculcating the spirit of inquiry
  • Adopting learner centered approach
  • Empowering teaching, learning and evaluation through effective use of ICT
  • Practicing fair and just methods of assessment and evaluation
  • Enhancing growth opportunities for employability
  • Sustaining transparency in institutional governance
  • Fostering value practices and social responsibility
  • Focusing on continuous improvement through comprehensive feedback

Core Values

  • Not to take success for granted and not to be complacent
  • Not to rest on laurels
  • Not to slow down or give up
  • To add values to the work and try to be creative
  • To keep the learning curve moving vertically

Institutional Ethos

Institutional Best Practices are evolved based on the values upon which the institution is built. The college was established with the motto of Samyak Darshana Jnana Charitryani, meaning embolden Right perspective-Right conduct. Hence, the best practices of the college are aligned with the inculcation of these values among the learners through various initiatives and activities. Carbon neutral campus, energy conservation and use of alternative energy, green cover and botanical gardens, water conservation, management of hazardous waste, reduction in the use of plastic products, rain water harvesting, organic waste management, use of solar energy are some of the best practices in the campus. In addition to these, the college introduced innovations in curricular and co-curricular activities, social responsibility series, optimum utilization of the library facilities, and promotion of research culture in the campus through various initiatives.

Statutory Committees of the College

Grievances Redressal

Students’ Grievances Redressal Cell makes all necessary arrangements for receiving representations / complaints/ grievances from students relating to general administration, examination and evaluation and any other problems relating to the functioning of a student in the college.

Students’ Grievances Redressal Cell Meeting Minutes

Women Grievance Redressal Cell & Internal Complaints Committee

The Committee has been constituted to maintain the safety and security of female students and women for redressal of grievances in the campus. It provides a platform for listening to complaints and ensure healthy atmosphere in and around the college.

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Anti-Ragging Committee of the college ensures the implementation of ‘Zero Tolerance’ for ragging of any kind. It works under statutory polices framed by the UGC. Ragging is a cognizable offence and those who indulge in it or encourage it will be handed over to the appropriate legal authorities as per: G O. Ed 122 URC-96 dated 16-01-1997


Vision: Ragging free campus for higher education
Mission : To prevent ragging in any of its form – Physical , mental or emotional.

Objectives :

  1. To create a cordial, harmonious learning environment.
  2. No scope for senior – junior attitude.
  3. To see the campus or hostels as places of mutual trust and cordial relationship among the students.
  4. Constant vigilance/observation of student communities.


  1. To create an awareness among the students regarding the legal consequences of ragging.
  2. To create an awareness about the importance of education and future.
  3. Holding the meeting of committee.

Methodology :

  • Display of flexus, banners and legal matters regarding the menace of ragging in the notice boards.
  • The detail of Anti-ragging committee of the college is displayed in the college notice board for the information of the student.
Dr.B.A. Kumara Hegde, Principal Chairman
Mr. Shashishekhara N. Kakathkar, Vice Principal Member
Dr. Shalip Kumari Registrar(Administration) Member
Dr. Vishwanatha P. Dean, PG Studies Member
Ms. K.P. Nanda Kumari Registrar(Evaluation) Member
Dr.,  Shridhar N. Bhatta Arts Dean Member
Dr. Savitha Kumari., Science Dean Member
Ms. Shakunthala, commerce Dean Member
Mr. Nataraj H.K Co-ordinator
Dr. Naveen Kumar, Member, Discipline Committee Member
Mr. Sheena Naik H (Parent) Member
Mr. Chidvilas A.S III B.Com Student Representative
Mr. Y.S Preetham I B.Com Student Representative
Ms. Roopa A.S II MA Student Representative
Anti-Ragging Committee Meeting Minutes

UGC Guidelines

Governing Body of the College


Academic Council


Board of Studies


SC / ST Cell

The SC/ST Cell of the college was established with the purpose to empower the SC/ST students in the college. The college takes special interest in facilitating financial support to students from these communities from government agencies and other sources.

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