Dharmasthala, the holiest of holy places, situated in Karnataka’s coastal district of Dakshina Kannada, has always held a divine attraction that draws pilgrims from far and wide. All offerings to the temple are channelized into Annadaana (mass meals), Vidyadaana (free/subsidized education), Abhayadana (countering the fear) and Nyayadaana (justice based on truth and facts).
As the abode of Dharma, Dharmasthala showers its beneficence without making distinctions of caste, creed and status. With a philosophy based on the brotherhood of men, there is no place for religious intolerance here. Charity here centers round the mitigation of human suffering and fight against social evil and inequality. The head of this unique institution, the Heggade of Dharmasthala is duty bound to provide help to the needy and the deserving.
Dharmasthala has emerged as the fountainhead of a new educational movement, which has been responsible for spreading value based education in the state.
SDM Educational Society
Started in the year 1966, by Late D. Rathnavarma Heggade, the SDM Educational Society came into existence with the prime objective of creating educational institutions, unique in their ability to put education on a higher plane. Under the dynamic leadership of the present president, Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, the Society has created educational models that blend modernity with traditional values. Today, the SDM Educational Society has under its umbrella over 30 educational institutions that impart education from primary schooling to the upper reaches of professional education and even vocational training.
The Vision Leader
The Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala, Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade is a multi-faceted personality who combines in him many roles. Being the head of a religious institution that draws millions, he is the dispenser of justice whose word is law. As the president of the Society, he is the guiding spirit and driving force behind the institution.
His vision of an educational model that blends the best of tradition and modernity has proved to be the most appropriate one for our culture and times.
SDM College of Medical Sciences & Hospital
Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Medical Sciences is the first modern medicine Medical College established under the aegis of the SDM Educational Society. Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade has many maiden ventures to his credit, which have become legendary achievements under his gamut of social reforms. His visionary conceptualisation of an ideal Medical College has taken shape at Dharwad.
The first batch of one hundred students commenced their I MBBS course in September 2004. Under the stewardship of Medical Director Dr.Niranjan Kumar and Dean Dr. Y. S. Rai, the students have been cared for in an ideal atmosphere. Located 6 kms from Dharwad on the Pune-Bangalore road in a spacious 52-acre land of serene surroundings, the SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital complex can boast of an ideal atmosphere for best medical education. No attempt has been spared in providing the best infrastructure facilities needed for an ideal professional in the making. Spacious location away from the noise of buzzing cities, pollution free environment and comfortable natural ambient temperature range of this part of Karnataka state can be an ideal dream of many parents drawn from various locations of India and abroad.
Hostels for boys and girls in the vicinity of the hospital and college, suitable timings for library, well tailored timings for classes and studies, facilities for outdoor and indoor games, museum facilities, outlets for extra curricular activities which are allowed at an austere level, all enable the student to take on the burden of the medical curriculum in a balanced manner.
The campus restricts to a fully vegetarian menu and offers freedom from the need to keep motorcycles/cars thereby obviating the anxieties of parents.
Above all, the cream of medical professionals are chosen as the teaching staff. Individual mentoring of the students by the teacher guides, the Associate Deans and the Student Welfare Officer ensures personal care of every student of SDM Medical College.
In a nutshell, it can be said that the SDM College of Medical Sciences & Hospital offers a clean and wholesome atmosphere where the parents from far off places can feel confident about their ward’s care and education.
The SDM Educational Society, under the dynamic leadership of Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, has established a 500-bedded multi-specialty teaching hospital with state-of-the-art infrastructure.
The SDM Hospital offers the most comprehensive primary and specialty care in the region. Our medical professionals are leaders in their field and are board-certified. This expert health care team and our state-of-the-art facilities combine to provide residents in and around Dharwad with advanced medical care.
The SDM Medical Hospital is functioning with 24-hour Accident & Emergency Services, Outpatient clinics, Inpatient Care Wards, Operative Services, Diagnostic Laboratories, Radio-Diagnosis, Dialysis Unit, Pharmaceutical Services and other support services.
As a teaching hospital, SDM College of Medical Sciences & Hospital is affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore for undergraduate medical education. Recent addition of “D. VEERENDRA HEGGADE KALAKSHETHRA” is an architectural marvel built on the lines of Terracota structures of West Bengal. It is an air-conditioned auditorium of 1200 capacity with modern seating and other facilities and state-of-the-art audiovisual facility and attached kitchen and dining facility.
Another recent addition is a HOTEL CUM GUEST HOUSE adjacent to the new auditorium. It is managed by experts in hospitality industry the KAMATH YATHRI NIVAS, which provides board and lodge in a congenial ambience at reasonable cost. This is an added facility which the students/ visitors/ parents/ guardians can make us of.
In the campus, there are the other speciality services like SDM Narayana Hrudayalaya, College of Physiotherapy, College & School of Nursing and paramedical board courses like technician training etc. to complete necessary training for health services.
Institutions Managed By SDME Society
1. SDM Arts, Commerce & Science College, Ujire
2. SDM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, Ujire
3. SDM Law College, Mangalore
4. SDM College of Business Management, Mangalore
5. SDM College of Ayurveda, Udupi
6. SDM College of Ayurveda, Hassan
7. SDM Institute of Management Development, Mysore
8. MMK & SDM Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, Mysore
9. SDM College of Dental Sciences & Hospital, Dharwad
10. SDM College of Engineering & Technology, Dharwad
11. SDM College of Physiotherapy, Dharwad
12. SDM College of Medical Sciences & Hospital, Dharwad
13. SDM Industrial Training Institute, Samse
14. SDM Industrial Training Institute, Venur
15. SDM College of PGDBM Course, Mangalore
16. SDM Ayurveda Hospital, Udupi
17. SDM Ayurveda Hospital, Hassan
18. SDM High School, Dharmasthala
19. SDM High School, Ujire
20. SDM High School, Belal
21. SDM High School, Perinje
22. SDM Higher Primary School, Dharmasthala
23. SDM Higher Primary School, Ujire
24. SDM Higher Primary School, Puduvettu
25. SDM Higher Primary School, Byndoor
26. SDM English Medium High School, Dharmasthala
27. SDM English Medium High School, Ujire
28. RUDSET Institutes
29. Middle level training centre, Ujire