BENGALURU:The University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering was the fifth engineering college in the country. Founded by engineer, statesman and Dewan of Mysore M Visvesvaraya in 1913 as School of Mechanical Engineering, it was later converted into a full-fledged Government Engineering College in 1917, affiliated to the University of Mysore.
After the Bangalore University was formed in 1964, UVCE became one of its constituent colleges. Located near K R Circle, arms of the V-shaped main building also have air-conditioned seminar halls, a placement cell and the principal’s office.The college boasts of well-known alumni such as theatre and film artiste Prakash Belawadi, actor H G Dattatreya, scientist and former head of Defence Research and Development Organisation Dr Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre and actor-director Ramesh Aravind.
Initially, the college offered only Civil and Mechanical Engineering courses. In 1924, the Electrical Engineering department was introduced.
The University of Mysore became the first in the country to offer a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Later, in 1967, the Department of Architecture was established.
V Hanumantha Rao Naidu, the then Chief Architect of Karnataka, is said to have played a vital role in the development of this department.
Renowned architect K N Iengar was the first faculty member to be appointed for the architecture department.
Pushpa Dravid, cricketer Rahul Dravid’s mother, used to teach arts in the college. Now, the college has about six departments.
The current principal of the college, Dr Venugopal K R, became the first person at the University level from India to bag the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Educator Award, 2016.