In India, technical education has evolved in a major way during the last 150 years. Engineering and technical education witnessed a robust growth since the early 1980s and has been faster than anywhere else in the world. India now has the second largest number of engineering students in the world. Post independence, there were only a handful of engineering colleges in Karnataka while the demand for engineers was rising. Realizing the need for more engineering colleges, His Holiness Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathir Rajendra Mahaswamigalu established Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering in 1963. With the establishment of this college, the Directorate of Technical Education was created at JSSMVP.
Technical Education efforts at JSSMVP are made through a six-tier education system:
- Industrial and Vocational Training for skilled workers and craftsmen (ITI level)
- Technician Education (Polytechnic Level)
- Degree Courses in Engineering and Technology
- Post Graduate courses and Research Programmes
- Entrepreneurship development
- Skill training
The Technical Education Directorate manages One Science and Technology University, four engineering colleges, three management institutes, four polytechnics, three Science and Technology Entrepreneurs’ Parks (STEP) and three Industrial Training Institutes. The non-formal educational initiatives of the directorate include Advanced Jewellery Design and Technology Centre, JSS Consultants, JSS Mysore Urban Haat – A support system for artisans to showcase their skills, at Mysuru, and JSS Rural Development and Self Employment Training Institute at Mariyala, Chamarajanagar. In all, around fifteen thousand students are studying in these institutions.