Dr. P.G. Halakatti, known as the ‘Vachana Pitamaha’, with other philanthropists of Bijapur founded a co-operative bank and BLDEA, with a primary objective of propagation of education. Thus, the Bijapur Lingayat Development Education Association (BLDEA) came into existence on 23rd October 1910. The Association made a humble beginning by accepting to run a High School, handed over by a German missionary, who was returning to Germany because of World War-I. Thus, the journey of imparting education commenced.
In the year 1942, a religious leader and a visionary Shri Shri Sanganabasaveshwar Maha Shivayogigalu of Banthanal, laid a firm foundation to BLDE Association by way of establishing various educational institutes. He played a major role in developing the BLDEA and established many Primary and Higher Secondary schools and colleges for higher education.
In the 1960s another great visionary, Shri B.M. Patil foresaw the potential and need of scaling up educational opportunities of the people of this region. With his strong vision and perseverance, he gave a new dimension to the functioning of the institutions under the BLDEA and established new institutions to impart professional education. The BLDEA established an Engineering College, Pharmacy College, Nursing College and a Medical College, along with a 1000 bed teaching hospital, a first of its kind in the country.
A new era began in the 1990’s, when the son of Sri B.M. Patil, Sri M. B. Patil, a young and dynamic leader, took over the reins of BLDEA. His primary objective was providing quality education with modern concepts of liberalization, globalization and tremendous expansion in various new courses. He conceived the need for establishing a University and strived to establish the BLDE (Deemed to be University), which came into existence on 29th February, 2008.
The BLDEA is propagating education in Bijapur and Bagalkot districts, which are recognized as socially, economically and educationally backward areas by then British Government and by present UGC, State Government and Central Government.
The BLDEA sponsors and runs 68 Institutions in both rural and urban areas of Bijapur (now Vijayapura) and Bagalkot Districts. It includes Primary schools, High Schools, Pre-University Colleges, Degree colleges of Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Management, Education Science, Fine arts, Pharmacy, Nursing, Nursery, Sericulture, Engineering & Polytechnic, Medical Sciences with Post graduate courses; and sponsors the BLDE (Deemed to be University) in detail.