The Janata Shikshana Samiti a pioneer in Education,had its humble begining way back in 1944 with the JSS College started by K.E. Boards College. First principal- Dr. B. M. Sreekanthaih. Independently started with initiation of Late Sri. R. S. Hukkerikar Veteran Freedom Fighter and named as Janata Shikshan Samiti in the year 1952 and the college was named as J.S.S. College. Other institutions like Sakri Law College, Economic Research Population Research Centre, etc., were added to the cap of JSS. PUC Arts was granted permanent affiliation by the Government of Karnataka from the year 1968-69. Two years Pre-University Science course was started from the year 1971-72 and Commerce wing was added from 1976-77 with the permission of the Government of Karnataka. On account of the financial crises the administration of JSS was taken over by Poojya Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmashala on 18th October 1973 on the appeal from Poojya Sri Sri Vishweshteerth Swamiji of Pejavarmath, Udupi
J.S.S. COLLEGE is situated in a picturesque surroundings on the top of the Mailarlingana Gudda ( Hill), now called Vidyagiri, at a height of 2511 feet above the sea level, on the outskirts of Dharwad, on Poona-Bangalore Highway . It is ideally located for an all round development of the students fraternity. The temple Lord Mailarlinga on top of Vidyagiri hill gives one a great panoramic view of the surroundings of the Dharwad city.
Janata Shikshana Samiti has network of educational and Nation-Building Institutions on the Vidyagiri Campus, like Arts, Commerce and Science College, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Computer Applications, Post Graduate Courses in English, Computer Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications, Diploma College, Polytechnic Institute, Lower and Higher Secondary Schools of both state and central syllabi, Economics Research Institute and Law College at Hubli etc.
The Samiti has forty quarters on the campus for its employees. There are two Boys Hostels, two Ladies Hostels & a Working Women's Hostel. It has also a Bank Branch, Post-Office, well equipped Library housed in the spacious building. Spacious playground is available on the campus for the conduct of various types of games and sports. The open Air Theatre has provided extensive opportunities for cultural activities of varied dimensions.
After taking over the management of Janata Shikshana Samiti on 18 th October, 1973 by Pujya Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala from the pious hands of Pujya Vishweshteertha Sripadangalavaru of Pejavarmath, Udupi (South Kanara), the new management added two years Pre-University Course in Arts, Science and Commerce, Job Oriented Diploma Course, B.Com. Degree course, B.Sc. (Electronics), B.Sc & B.A.Courses with new additional subject combinations, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Computer Applications, M.Sc in Computer Science, B.Sc, with Bio-Technology, and B.Sc. with Micro-Biology etc., to the college in the years 1975, 1977, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2006 respectively.
The College is permanently affiliated to Karnatak University and teaches the course leading to B.A. degree with Kannada, Sanskrit, English, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, History Geography, Hindi and Education as optional subjects. It has a Commerce wing and at the Science side the college provides B.Sc. degree course with Chemistry, Physics, Botany, Zoology, Statistics, Electronics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Bio-Technology and Microbiology as optional subjects. The college has professional courses like, BBA, BCA and M.Sc. (computer Science)
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