Mangalore University has grown impressively since its inception with 190 affiliated colleges including two constituent colleges, one at Mangalore and another at Madikeri, taken over by the University from Government of Karnataka in 1992. The University has established the PG Centre, Cauvery campus at Madikeri, which offers Postgraduate courses in Microbiology and Biochemistry.
Mangalore University campus at Mangalagangothri, located about 20 km to the south-east of the historic coastal town of Mangalore, sets the tone for the educational endeavors of the three districts under the jurisdiction of the University. It is a picturesque campus that sprawls over 333 acres, overlooking the confluence of the river Nethravathi with the Arabian Sea on the one side, and the cloud-capped Western Ghats on the other. It grew out of a modest post-graduate centre of the University of Mysore to become the focal point of an independent University in 1980. The campus, which once housed a mere three postgraduate departments, now has twenty-five postgraduate departments, supported by modern infrastructure and experienced faculty.
The University has established several endowment chairs with the objective of enabling studies on the development achieved in areas such as bank management, yoga, ayurveda, Kanakadasa studies, Sanskrit literature, literary criticism, Christianity, rural development, ecology and environment, Tulu language, literature, culture and visual/fine arts. Dr. Ambedkar Study Centre, Kanakadasa Adhyayana Peetha, Yakshagana Study Centre and Ambigara Chowdayya Peetha work towards an in-depth study of philosophy and its relevance to the present time. The endowment chairs of the University have helped to strengthen the University’s links with society.