North Karnataka during pre-independence period was educationally and economically a backward region. Yet, there was a great thirst for
education among the people. This educationally backward region experienced a scientific renaissance of the mind and the spirit with the
inception of the Science college in Belagavi by Karnataka Lingayat Education Society, in 1935.
Initially, the Science course was introduced in the, then, already existing Lingaraj Arts College. It was progressing by leaps and bounds;
and subsequently,in 1941, it was named as Raja LakhamaGouda Science Institute, after the name of the munificent Sardar Raja LakhamaGouda
Basavaprabhu Sirdesai of Wantamuri, who had generously donated to the institute.
The degree course in Science was inaugurated in 1944, by Sir. C. V. Raman, the Nobel Laureate.
It had the honor of imparting instructions in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry at Post-Graduate level from 1948 to 1957.