The J.S.S. Banashankari Arts, Commerce and Shantikumar Gubbi Science College, started with a meager strength of forty students during 1944. Late Shri R. S. Hukkerikar, the veteran freedom fighter, constructive worker and educationist as its founder. The college originally started as an intermediate college but science wing was added in the year 1949. An excellent environment for learning with modern facilities made our college one of the best institutions in this part of North Karnataka. The institute works under guidance of great visionaries: H.H. Sri 1008 Vishweshwarateertha Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt, Udupi and Pujya Padma Vibhushan Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade of Shri. Kshetra Dharmasthala, Dharmasthala, South Canara & Prof. N. Vajrakumar,, now Dr. N. Vajrakumar a honorary doctorate degree awarded from Karnatak University, Dharwad during convocation of 2009 for the pioneering work of building the institution and promulgating academic career to the students fraternity by establishing educational colleges in twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad.
J.S.S. COLLEGE is situated in a picturesque surroundings on the top of the Mailarlingana Gudda ( Hill), now called Vidyagiri, at a height of 2511 feet above the sea level, on the outskirts of Dharwad, on Poona-Bangalore Highway . It is ideally located for an all round development of the students fraternity. The temple Lord Mailarlinga on top of Vidyagiri hill gives one a great panoramic view of the surroundings of the Dharwad city.
Janata Shikshana Samiti has network of educational and Nation-Building Institutions on the Vidyagiri Campus, like Arts, Commerce and Science College, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Computer Applications, Post Graduate Courses in English, Computer Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications, Diploma College, Polytechnic Institute, Lower and Higher Secondary Schools of both state and central syllabi, Economics Research Institute and Law College at Hubli etc.
Janata Shikshana Samiti has now bifurcated the degree college running Arts, Commerce and Science Courses which are permanently affiliated to Karnatak University, Dharwad and coming under the UGC norms with financial aids from the state and UGC, for the college awarded at ‘A’ grade by NAAC as an independent degree college separated from Pre-University Courses and Course which are governed totally form the management. Pre-Universtiy College and JSS’S Sri Dharmasthal Manunatheshwar UG and PG Institutions are run by two different Principals under the Janata Shikshana Samiti, Dharwad management.
The Samiti has forty quarters on the campus for its employees. There are two Boys Hostels, two Ladies Hostels & a Working Women's Hostel. It has also a Bank Branch, Post-Office, well equipped Library housed in the spacious building. Spacious playground is available on the campus for the conduct of various types of games and sports. The open Air Theatre has provided extensive opportunities for cultural activities of varied dimensions.
The J.S.S. Banashankari Arts, Commerce and Shantikumar Gubbi Science College , established in 1944 originally by the Karnataka Education Board with a meagre strength of forty students. It was taken over by Late Shri. R. S. Hukkerikar, the veteran freedom fighter, constructive worker and educationist, in 1952. The college originally started its journey as an intermediate college with Arts wing but later on Science wing was added in the year 1949. The Commerce wing came into its existence during 1977.
The college with an alarming increase in students strength for Arts courses,, bifurcated into two separate colleges. Th Banashankari Arts College and Shantikumar Gubbi Science College in 1966 because of the donor Shatikumar Gubbi to start the Science Wing with separate existence. However the two colleges were once again merged and amalgamated in June, 1975 after change in the management administration.
After taking over the management of Janata Shikshana Samiti on 18 th October, 1973 by Pujya Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala from the pious hands of Pujya Vishweshteertha Sripadangalavaru of Pejavarmath, Udupi (South Kanara), the new management added two years Pre-University Course in Arts, Science and Commerce, Job Oriented Diploma Course, B.Com. Degree course, B.Sc. (Electronics), B.Sc & B.A.Courses with new additional subject combinations, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Computer Applications, M.Sc in Computer Science, B.Sc, with Bio-Technology, and B.Sc. with Micro-Biology etc., to the college in the years 1975, 1977, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2006 respectively.
The College is permanently affiliated to Karnatak University and teaches the course leading to B.A. degree with Kannada, Sanskrit, English, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, History Geography, Hindi and Education as optional subjects. It has a Commerce wing and at the Science side the college provides B.Sc. degree course with Chemistry, Physics, Botany, Zoology, Statistics, Electronics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Bio-Technology and Microbiology as optional subjects. The college has professional courses like, BBA, BCA and M.Sc. (computer Science)
The college had the good fortune of possessing a galaxy of eminent educationists as Principals. The includes such illustrious names as Prof. B. M. Shrikanthaiah, the poet and freedom fighter, Prof. G. B. Jathar the economist, Dr. Karmchanda Wade, Dr. R. Y. Dharwadkar, the writer and educationist, Dr. V. G. Kulkarni a great orator and Scientist, Prof. N. Vajrakumar who represents the J.S.S. Institutions on Governing Body as our Secretary. He has been ably conducting the affairs of the Samiti with zeal and dedication. Prof. V. G. Gokhale, Dr. S. N. Ashtaputre, Dr. D. V. Sanjeev Rao, Dr. H. A. Jahagirdar Prof. Usha Anandarayanavar and Dr. Ajith Prasad served as Principals. Dr. S.N. Hegde is the present principal of the college.
To assist poor students the institution carried out several experiments including earn while you learn programme, besides having a very well equipped library, the college has two NCC battalions, two units of NSS and a Student Welfare Unit. The students of the college are awarded with various types of Scholarships including studentship, fee concession from government, various concessions under government schemes and several other prizes instituted by the college and benevolent donors. The management of Janata Shikshana Samiti has been kind enough to institute 57 Scholarships to encourage meritorious students and Sportsmen. The college, which celebrated Golden Jubilee recently, stands for the promotion and preservation of academic and cultural excellence. The university and PU Board Examination results, year after year, have placed this college in a prominent position J.S.S. College was accredited with ′A′ grade by the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) in 2004 again it has been reaccredited with ′A′ grade by the NAAC in 2010.