Vivekananda Vidyavardhaka Sangha Puttur® (VVSP: Formerly known as Puttur Education Society) was founded on the 23rd of December 1915. For over nine decades, Vidyavardhaka Sangha has been the forerunner in the field of education in the coastal region of Karnataka. It is committed to impart quality education by maintaining high standards of discipline, sense of duty and moral values among its students, and to inculcate faith and pride in Indian culture and tradition.
The former Puttur Education Society was founded by great visionaries like Molahalli Shiva Rao, Baindoor Rama Rao, Dharmastala Chandayya Hegde, Rao Bahaddur Raghunatha Rao, and a host of others who succeeded in establishing the first Secondary School in 1916 in Puttur-which is now well known as Govt. Pre-University College, Kombettu, Puttur. The invaluable contributions of stalwarts like Baindoor Prabhakar Rao- the leading light of the co-operative movement in South Kanara, Jnanapeeta award winner Dr. Kota Shivarama Karanth, and Sri K. Rama Bhat, Ex-MLA - a leading lawyer and also a social activist, raised the Society to greater heights.
The establishment of Vivekananda College of Arts, Science and Commerce in the year 1965 was a milestone in the history of the VVSP. The first step of channelising technical education into Puttur was in the form of establishing Vivekananda Polytechnic in the year 1986, followed by the establishment of Vivekananda College of Engineering & Technology in 2001. In 2007, Vivekananda School of Business Management (MBA) was started. Today, VVSP is running more than 48 educational institutes which range from Kindergartens to High Schools, from conventional Degree Colleges to Teacher Training Programmes and from Law to Technical Institutes. Named after the great Saint Swami Vivekananda, the Sangha is striving hard to inculcate in the students a sense of patriotism and pride in the great heritage of this country. The VVSP also provides free mid-day meals to the economically poor students; most of them who come from backward areas of the district.
All the institutes established by the VVSP, irrespective of its nature and size, have become centres of excellence. Vivekananda Vidyavardhaka Sangha aims at moulding the character and inculcating high sense of discipline among its students and staff.
The functioning of the VVSP is totally transparent and democratic in nature. Each institute is managed by a Governing Council comprising of representatives elected from amongst its members at various levels of the management.
Vivekananda College of Engineering & Technology (VCET), Puttur, one of the reputed engineering colleges in the coastal region of Karnataka, was established in the year 2001 by Vivekananda Vidyavardhaka Sangha Puttur (R) with the vision of providing quality technical education to the rural parts of coastal Karnataka. Today the Institute has been identified as a centre for excellence in imparting engineering education to aspiring students from all over the country and is bringing out best academic performance from the students.
VCET campus is spread over 25 acres of land. All the modern facilities required for quality education is provided with in the campus. A support system for effective academic delivery is what makes difference to the Institute. VCET has the best IT infrastructure for academic, administrative and support systems. To name a few: Leased line for Internet connectivity for 24 hours, with 230 Mbps speed, WiFi connectivity, Campus Network, Group Office – mail server, Library Automation System, Computerised accounting system, SMS service and many more.