In January 2017 the Cabinet had decided to set up an Institute of Excellence to commemorate the Intellectual legacy of Dr. B R Ambedkar.The Bengaluru Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics is registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act of 1960 (Act No. 17 of 1960).Hon. President Pranab Mukherjee on 14th April 2017 laid the foundation stone for the Dr B.R. Ambedkar School of Economics in the Bengaluru University campus on the 126th birth anniversary of the architect of the Indian Constitution. Dr. Anup K. Pujari (IAS retired) is the special officer of the School thus established. The Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economics, modeled on the London School of Economics, will begin classes from the upcoming academic year (2017-18) at the Jnana Bharathi campus of Bangalore University. The Cabinet had allocated 43 acres of land for the purpose. The Karnataka government has sanctioned Rs 150 crore for setting up the school's first phase, with an administrative block, student hostels, auditorium, three seminar halls and quarters for the faculty. The state government intends to run the School as an autonomous institution of international standard.Bengaluru has several institutions of higher learning which are among the

best in the country in their respective fields. Special mention must be made of IISc, IIM, NLSIU, ISRO, JNCASR, NCBC, etc. However, an institution in the discipline of economics & allied subjects was the need of the hour. This lacuna is being sought to be addressed with the establishment of Bengaluru Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics.Accordingly, the Government of Karnataka constituted a committee of experts under the chairmanship of Shri. S. V. Ranganath, Vice Chairman, KSHEC & former Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka. Based on the recommendation of this committee, the Government of Karnataka & Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri. Siddaramaiah approved the establishment of this institution at a total cost of Rs 350 crores, Rs 275 crores from government funding and Rs 75 crores from corporate sources & released Rs 107 crores in the financial year 2016-17. The Government of Karnataka has allotted 43.45 acres of land In the Jnana Bharathi Campus of Bangalore University for the establishment of the institute. Read More