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About KLES and JNMC

The KLE Society has its headquarters at Belgaum (Karnataka). The roots of this society can be traced back to year 1916 when seven selfless dedicated teachers (fondly known as Saptarishis) and three patrons (Founders) identified the immense need to create a strong educational base in the neglected areas of North Karnataka & South Maharashtra, and thus KLE Society was born. Set upon a rare philosophy & fundamental principles of imparting quality education to the needy and the poor, the society has grown tremendously in last nine decades. The early years ensured basic literacy to the sons of the soil; the next phase was devoted for nurturing higher education, both professional & conventional. The present leadership under Dr. Prabhakar Kore MP (Rajya Sabha), adopted the plan and strategy in consonance with changing times. Modern approaches are adopted and scientific methods have been employed. The result is that a small kingdom of 38 educational institutions in 1984 has expanded into an empire of 239 institutions, in education and health care, breathing in and out, quality and excellence of international standards. The growth and development of this educational organization is mainly attributed to the philanthropic contributions of thousands of donors. Prominent among them are Smt. Sudha Murthy, our alumna and Chairman Infosys, Bangalore, Dr. Gururaj Deshpande, Founder President of Sycomor Networks, Boston, USA and Smt. Jayashree Deshpande.
KLE Society which is now 98 years old has been recognized by many as World – Class – Educational - Organization in building a new India by creating “Urban amenities in Rural areas”. 
The major contribution of the KLE Society in Education has been the establishment of the J N Medical College. The extreme shortage of medical facilities in the region, promoted the KLE Society to establish he Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College at Belgaum in 1963. The College stands testimony to the high professional standards aimed for and achieved by the KLE Society. The sprawling 100 acres campus has excellent infrastructure, with state-of-the art museums, laboratories, equipments, as well as other facilities that collectively provide a professional environment.
The high standards maintained by the College have attracted students from all over the world. Several collaborations with ICMR, WHO, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA, University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA, for teaching and research, have vastly enhanced the reputation of the College. Under the aegis of NICHD and the NIH (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, USA) an academic collaboration was established to develop “Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research”. This collaboration was the first of its kind in the history of NICHD. JNMC from India, has the unique distinction of being selected as one of the original ten sites in the network. Under the aegis of the Global Network project, various research protocols have been developed, the results of which have global impact on the health of women and children. This commendable work has attracted many dignitaries to visit the Research Unit. The US Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius visited the JNMC on 15th January 2012 and congratulated Dr. Prabhakar Kore and his team for their outstanding achievements in Women’s and Children’s Health Research. She personally visited the institute and made it a point to visit the villages to see the impact of the research of Global Network on the health of Women and Children.


The great visionary efforts of Dr. Prabhakar Kore MP, Chairman, KLE Society, (ever since 1985 and uninterruptedly till now), has been pivotal in deciding to march ahead into the new millennium as a University. Taking into account the yeoman services rendered by the KLE society in each and every field of education and also honoring its efforts, the Ministry of Human resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, on the recommendation of the University Grant Commission (UGC), KLE University was granted the deemed to be University status on 13th April 2006. KLE UNIVERSITY IS ONE OF THE FEW HEALTH SCIENCE UNIVERSITIES TO HAVE THE DISTICTION OF BEING GRADED AT THE “A” LEVEL BY NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (NAAC) in the year 2010. Looking at the high standards of KLE University the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) – Task force has placed KLE University, Belgaum in Category ‘A’ on 19th October, 2012. The J N Medical College, now a constituent college of KLE University, is geared to reach a new level of performance and set global standards. The College has been adjudged one among the top thirty medical schools in the country as per a National Survey done in year 2013. 

KLE University’s J N Medical College is known to be an academic hub in this part of the country. The courses offered are Under-graduate course in medicine, 20 Post-graduate courses and post-doctoral courses in various super specialties such as Cardiology, Cardio Thoracic Surgery, Neurology, Neuro-surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Urology & Plastic Surgery. The college also has the distinction of offering Fellowship courses and Certificate courses in various specialties. The KLE University is one of the few Health Sciences universities offering Ph.D courses. Such achievements would not have been possible without the efforts of excellent academic faculty. Three of our faculty have the distinction of receiving the coveted, B C. Roy National Award for Eminent Medical Teacher and the Hari Om Ashram Alembic Award. KLE Hospital is a house hold name in North Karnataka, Goa and South Maharashtra. It is one of the largest teaching hospital having 2400 beds in private sector. J N Medical College has a distinction of providing world class clinical facilities to all cadres of patients with high tech facilities and 1240 beds being free. KLES Hospital was inaugurated in 1996 by the then Prime Minister Shri. P V Narasimha Rao & KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Charitable Hospital was inaugurated in the year 2007 by then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Late Shri. Y S Rajashekar Reddy and Governor of Maharashtra Shri S M Krishna. 
1240 beds in the charitable complex are completely free, providing free beds, free medicines, free investigation, operation, deliveries and meals. This hospital has modern amenities with 12 Major Operation Theatres providing laparoscopic surgeries, cataract surgeries and free endoscopies. Free deliveries including caesarian section deliveries with free neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care services are provided to the needy and vulnerable population in this part of Karnataka. This 1240 bedded free hospital is the principal teaching hospital of all Health Sciences Institutions including Medical, Dental, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Para Medical Courses. This hospital has rendered free services in the last five years to 22,53,036 outpatients & 1,95,955 inpatients, conducted 14,632 deliveries, and performed 72,932 total surgeries, with 6814 cataract surgeries (with insertion of IOLs). This speaks of the services to the poor and needy. The 1000 bedded high tech hospital which is run on a non profit basis has eighteen Super Specialty Departments like Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Nephrology, Urology, Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Gastroenterology, Diabetes, ARC, Respiratory Medicine, Acute Trauma Care and Emergency Services Burns ward, Neonatology, Perinatology, Geriatrics etc. So far this section of KLE’s Hospital has treated around 40,000 patients per year . 
KLE’s Heart Foundation deserves a special mention. On an average 1,500 Surgeries are performed per year with . 6,000 interventional cardiac procedures per year. Various Government Schemes and Insurance Schemes are attached to this hospital such as Yeshashwini & Vajapayee Scheme Arogya Bhagya, Bala Sanjeevini and Janani Suraksha yogana District Blindness Control scheme. Many scheme patients from Goa state and Maharashtra Cooperative Sugar Factories, ECHS, ESI etc.. are operated at subsidized rates. The hospital is recognized by many state governments for reimbursement & defense department “Gift of life”& “Smile train” NGO from USA sponsor congenital heart diseases surgeries and cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. Hospital is offering medical facilities to over 55 Corporate Companies from Karnataka, Goa & Maharashtra., Under these schemes on an average 10,000 patients are benefited. Recently, the KLE Heart Foundation has pioneered the path of heart transplantation in North Karnataka successfully. 
KLE Hospital and J N Medical College have not failed in their social responsibilities to cater to the health care needs of the public in this part of Karnataka 
KLE’s Hospital has Telemedicine & Tele health or Health Education facilities to deliver lecture and render health care at the door stops of rural patients. The KLE Hospital regularly conducts Health check up camps in association with Government. Vajpayee Arogya Schemes, free cataract operation under District Blindness Control Programme and free tubectomies under Family Welfare scheme, in addition to school health check camps. Apart from this J N Medical College has three Primary Health Care Centres and Three Urban Health Centres attached to it, one of them was recognized as a model PHC by the Government of Karnataka. Absolutely free services including doctors, medications and all facilities required to run the centres are being provided by the College. This prestigious institute has had the privilege of having the presence of distinguished leaders as Guests on various auspicious occasions. The Hon’ble Former Presidents of India, H. E. the Late Shri Gyani Zail Singh, the Former Vice President the Late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, the former Prime Ministers Late Shri Rajeev Gandhi, & Late Shri. P V Narasimha Rao, have honored us by being the Chief Guests on several occasions. Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, inaugurated the renovated Pathology Museum, KLE University’s J N Medical College, Belgaum on 17th March, 2012. He applauded the contribution of the KLE University in health education and health care services and research conducted for Women and Child Health. Shri. S M Krishna, Minister of Foreign Affairs inaugurated the KLES DR. Prabhakar Kore Charitable Hospital and lauded the contributions of KLE Society. In fact for the Silver Jubilee celebration of KLE Society’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Shri Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minter of India was the Chief Guest. Various celebrities and eminent sports personalities such as Shri Anil. Kumble, Shri Syed Kirmani, Shri Suneel Joshi, Shri Prakash Padukone, Shri Leander Paes, Ms. Shiny Wilson, Smt. Anjali Desai (Reputed National Gold Champions ) have honored us by their presence on several occasions. We are proud to mention that Shri Suneel Joshi is an Alumnus of KLE Society. Shri Nath Pai a renowned barrister and social activitist of India is a distinguished alumnus of KLE Society.