Mangaluru Education


In the coastal region of the western part of India is situated the harbor town of Mangaluru, a beautiful scenic city with lush green surroundings. Narrow winding streets, lofty coconut trees, quaint gable-roofed houses, beautiful beaches, temples, mosques and churches, the heady fragrance of the Mangaluru Mallige, the aroma of spicy coconut curries, all this and more makes Mangaluru a city of vivid contrasts.

Dakshina Kannada has always been considered one of the most sought-after education destinations, especially Mangaluru which provides quality education in higher and professional courses. Mangaluru is widely referred to as the “Cradle of Education” in Karnataka with a robust and formidable network of advanced collegiate institutions.

In addition to an impressive variety of higher education opportunities, Mangaluru also offers an exceptional selection of pre-collegiate schools. Being a part of the state of Karnataka, with well developed educational system, this city has a widely developed network of schools and colleges. They have been imparting quality knowledge since the last few decades.

Pre Independence, the British colonial government did not support industrialization in the region, and local capital remained invested mostly in land and money lending, which led to the later development of banking in the region. With the arrival of European missionaries in the early 19th century, the region saw the development of educational institutions and a modern industrial base, modeled on European industries.

Mangaluru, indeed a vibrant educational hub with a difference, is one of the fastest growing cities in country and an important city in Karnataka having accessibility through road, railway, air, and sea transport. The scenario of the educational system at Mangaluru can be analyzed from its good literacy rate as well as the growing potential in the educational arena. Mangaluru is bound in the east by the Western Ghats and in the west by the Arabian Sea.

The Educational Hub: Mangaluru has housed diverse educational courses ranging from health, Management, Hospitality, technical and many more. Mangaluru is a much preferred destination for higher education particularly professional courses in the world map. It hosts many Engineering Colleges, Medical Colleges and a number of other institutes. Students from all over the world flock to Mangaluru in pursuit of quality education.

Due to newly established industries in the city and a blossoming middle class, Mangaluru has emerged as one of India’s educational powerhouses. Mangaluru boasts a slew of higher education institutions that offer degrees in a variety of fields including engineering, medicine, dentistry, business management, and more. The schools of Mangaluru are affiliated to either of the following three boards for secondary and higher secondary board examinations:

  • Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board
  • Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi
  • Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi

The colleges and universities of Mangaluru are recognized by:

  • University Grants Commission
  • AICTE, New Delhi
  • Karnataka State Government
  • Visvesvaraya Technological University
  • Rajeev Gandhi University of Health Sciences

One of the more highly regarded educational outfits, the National Institute of Technology (Karnataka) in Surathkal, is located near Mangaluru. Established in 1980, Mangalore University is home to some of the most talented students in India and attracts students from across the country. There are also plenty of Engineering, Medical, Dental, Physiotherapy and other colleges offering specializations in various branches.  Moreover, thousands of students from all over the state, neighboring states and middle east come to Mangaluru after their 10th standard to pursue their Pre University education in Mangaluru as there are many colleges with quality residential facilities. The pre-collegiate medium of instruction in schools is predominantly English and Kannada, and medium of instruction in educational institutions after matriculation in colleges is English.

As someone rightly said, career is all about taking the right decision at the right time. A career can be either be choice or by chance. The former means, better job satisfaction. Colleges in Karnataka, particularly Mangaluru, are drawing interest due to the following reasons:

Mandatory regulations from bodies such as the MCI, UGC, AICTE, DCI, etc make the colleges sufficient with physical infrastructure. It indicates the faculty requirements as well. Mangaluru, with its strong intellectual capital base, provides the right balance of faculty with quality of teachers and of teaching. This leads to a great learning experience for the students.

With an increase in the number of colleges, the demarcation of good and average comes from the quality of the faculty and entry level quality of the students. Also, preference is given to those professional colleges which attract many companies, especially the MNC’s for campus recruitments. Accordingly, the student has the option of opting for a college in accordance with his intellect and capacity to absorb. Effective learning happens with multicultural exposure, peer learning and peer pressure to excel. The positive vibration in the class makes learning more effective and meaningful. Here is a list of few important educational institutions in Mangaluru.


  • Lourdes Central School
  • Cambridge School
  • Mount Carmel School
  • St’ Aloysius School
  • Manipal School
  • Sharada Vidyalaya
  • St’ Agnes School
  • Canara School

PU Colleges

  • Vikas PU College
  • Expert PU College
  • Mahesh PU College
  • St’ Aloysius PU College
  • St’ Agnes PU College
  • Alvas PU College
  • Canara PU College

Engineering Colleges

  • NMAMIT, Nitte
  • Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management
  • Mangalore Institute of Technology and Engineering
  • St’ Josephs Engineering College
  • Alvas Institute of Technology
  • Beary’s Institute of Technology

Medical Colleges

  • Kasturba Medical College
  • Father Mullers Medical College
  • S.Hegde Medical College
  • Yenepoya Medical College
  • AJ Institute of Medical Sciences

Dental Colleges

  • AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences
  • Manipal College of Dental Sciences
  • AJ Institute of Dental Sciences

Other Professional Courses

  • SDM Law College
  • St’ Aloysius Degree College
  • School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya
  • Indira Nursing College
  • Alvas Ayurvedic Medical College
  • Karnataka Polytechnic college
  • MV Shetty Speech and Hearing College

Overall, Mangaluru is the right choice for the prospective students seeking for quality education. Also, you can feel free to contact me if you have any queries regarding education and other related topics.

Ananth Prabhu G.
B.E, MBA, MTech, DCL, PhD
Advisor- Vikas Pre University College