Per latest reports, Karnataka has a literacy rate of over 78% and the state boasts of national-level
institutions in almost every discipline such as health, management, science and technology, law,
social science, education, linguistics as well as an IIM, IISc, IIIT, TIFR, National Law School,
NIMHANS, ISEC, RIE Mysore, Regional Institute of English and many more. There are over 480
degree colleges affiliated to any of the state universities.
The formation of quality workforce
rests with one central university, 24 public universities, 15 deemed universities, 10 private
universities. There are 207 engineering colleges, 61 medical colleges, 48 dental colleges, 280
management institutions as well as Polytechnics, Pharmacy, Yoga, Fashion Designs, Homeopathy
colleges and over 60 international schools.
In 1998, the engineering colleges in the state were
brought under the umbrella of Visvesvaraya Technological University headquartered at Belgaum,
whereas the medical colleges are run under the jurisdiction of the Rajiv Gandhi University of
Health Sciences., Bengaluru. A listing of all the accredited Universities is shown on the back cover.