Foundation Day

Foundation Day 2020

KLS IMER celebrated 30th foundation day, a flagship event, on 16th Sept. 2020, which coincides with the Birth Anniversary of Late Shri. RaosahebGogte, the patron of Karnatak law Society. Shri. ArvindGogte, Director, Gogte Infrastructure Corporation Ltd., and Shri. Sudheendra V. Ganachari, Member, GC, KLS IMER were the Guests on the occasion.

Shri. ArvindGogte and the dignitaries offered floral tributes to Late Shri. RaosahebGogte on this occasion. A video about the foundation day was presented by Prof. Sanjay Deshpande.

Mr. ArvindGogte in his address to the audience expressed his gratitude to KLS IMER for commemorating his father Late Shri. RaosahebGogte’s birthday as the founder’s day of the Institute. He appreciated the progress made by the Institute over the past 30 years and wished IMER a great future.

Shri. S. V. Ganachari, Member, GC, KLS IMER in his address narrated the significance of Foundation Day for KLS IMER and recognized the contributions made by Late Shri. RaosahebGogte and his family and congratulated the Institute on gaining autonomy.

A newsletter of KLS IMER Advisory Cell ‘CSR TIMES’ was released by the dignitaries on the occasion.

Dr.Atul Deshpande, Director, KLS IMER, welcomed the gathering and narrated the journey of KLS IMER. Prof.ShreekantNaik, proposed the vote of thanks. The Event was coordinated by Prof. S. G. Chiniwar, Prof.ShreekantNaik and Prof. Sanjay Deshpande.

The function, though a flagship event of the Institute, was celebrated on a very low key in view of the prevailing Covid situation. Around 40 guests and staff of the Institute were present on the occasion. All Covid norms as specified by the Government were adhered to during the function.


Foundation Day 2019
Entrepreneur Profile of Mr. Keith Machado, Joint Managing Director, Orione Hydraulics Pvt. Ltd., Belagavi.

The Foundation day of KLS IMER was celebrated on 16th Sept. 2019. At the outset Dr. Atul R. Deshpande, Director, KLS IMER delivered the welcome address followed by prestigious Gogte Lecture Series Talk by Mr. Niket Karajagi, Founder Director of Atyaasaa Consulting Private Limited, Pune on "Disruptions and Downturns: Meeting Twin challenges for SMEs and MSMEs" at KLS IMER Auditorium. Mr. Niket Karajagi spoke on the continuously changing scenarios in technology and business by emphasizing on importance of living in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertainty, Complex and Ambiguous) world. He spoke on the critical success factors to face VUCA World. The critical success factors are Knowledge is Power, Cash is King, Authenticity of Businesses, Technology is scalability, Design Thinking and Neo classical model. He suggested SMEs and MSMEs to look into the changing needs of the customer and market as an opportunity. The session was followed by a Q & A session. The Gogte Lecture Series of Talks was instituted by late Shri. Raosaheb B.M. Gogte, industrialist, philanthropist and KLS patron in 1977, on the occasion of his 61st birthday.

Industrialist Mr. Keith Machado, Joint Managing Director, Orione Hydraulics Pvt. Ltd., a successful entrepreneur from Belagavi, was felicitated with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2019 on the occasion by Chief guest Mr. Niket Karajagi and President of the function Mr. Rajendra Belgaumkar, KLS IMER GC Chairman. A video profile showing the journey of Orione Hydraulics Pvt. Ltd. was presented and Mr. Keith Machado addressed his acceptance remarks. Mr. Rajendra Belgaumkar in his presidential remarks urged the management students to imbibe life lessons from successful entrepreneurs like Mr. Keith Machado. The felicitation was witnessed by eminent personalities, business leaders, entrepreneurs, industrialists, TiE Hubli members, rotarians and academicians. Dr. S. G. Chiniwar gave the vote of thanks to conclude the event.

Industrialist Mr. Keith Machado, Joint Managing Director, Orione Hydraulics Pvt. Ltd. being felicitated with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.


Foundation Day 2018
Entrepreneur Profile of Shri. Sachin Sabnis, MD, Belgaum Ferro cast (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Industrialist Shri. Sachin Sabnis, MD, Belgaum Ferro cast (India) Pvt. Ltd., a successful entrepreneur from Belagavi, was felicitated with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Chief Guest, Prof. G. Raghuram, Director, IIM, Bangalore and KLS President, Shri. Anant Mandgi, on the occasion of the 28th Foundation Day of KLS IMER on 16th Sept 2018. This day coincides with the date of birth of KLS Patron and Industrialist, Late Shri. Raosaheb B. M. Gogte.

The felicitation was witnessed by eminent personalities, business leaders, entrepreneurs, industrialists, TiE members, Rotarians and academicians. Prof Raghuram . spoke about the importance of logistics to tier 2 cities like Belagavi and how it could transform them in future. Shri. Anant Mandgi in his presidential remarks spoke about KLS’ Platinum jubilee celebration in Belagavi and its role in building brand Belagavi.

The Foundation Day event was preceded by the Gogte Lecture Series Talk delivered by Prof. G. Raghuram, and followed by SWAR SAMWAD - Flavors of Classical Music by Mr. Pranav Kulkarni & Mrs. Aparna Kulkarni of Pune.


Foundation Day 2017
Entrepreneur Profile of Shri. Mahesh Bhirangi, MD & CEO, Pragati Engineering Belgaum Pvt. Ltd.

The 27th Foundation Day Ceremony of the Institute was celebrated on Saturday the 16th Sept. 2017 at 4.00 pm at KLS IMER. This event is one of the flagship event of our Institute, which is witnessed by eminent personalities across the industry, academia and students during which we identify a successful local entrepreneur and felicitate him/her in order to foster entrepreneurship in the region. The foundation day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of late Shri. Raosaheb B.M. Gogte, Patron of Karnatak Law Society commemorating his contributions to education sector in general and Karnatak Law Society in particular.

Shri. M.R.Kulkarni, Chairman, Karnatak Law Society, was the president of the function. Shri. Suhas Gopinath, Founder CEO, Globals Inc., Bangalore and awardee of Incredible Europe (Austria) and Karnataka State's Rajyotsava Award was the Chief Guest. Shri Suhas Gopinath was recognized as the world's youngest CEO by various media such as BBC, Limca books of records and Times of India. Shri. Rajendra Belgaumkar, Chairman, Governing Council, KLS IMER was the Guest of Honor. Dr. S.G. Chiniwar, Director, KLS IMER welcomed the Guests.

Shri. Mahesh Bhirangi, MD & CEO, Pragati Engineering Belgaum Pvt. Ltd., a successful local entrepreneur was felicitated on this special occasion. The video and print profile of Shri. Mahesh Bhirangi was prepared, and screened by our faculty.

Chief Guest Shri Suhas Gopinath shared his entrepreneurial journey. He started at an early age of 14, managed a cyber cafe and built websites for U.S. companies. He gave tips to management students of KLS IMER and urged them to Innovate, build ecosystem of entrepreneurs and create employment.

Responding to the felicitation Shri. Mahesh Bhirangi, MD & CEO, Pragati Engineering Belagavi, Pvt. Ltd. emphasized on value systems being the strongest foundation of any organization and urged the students to have right skill sets and inculcate ethical behavior.

Shri M.R.Kulkarni, Chairman Board of Management, Karnatak Law Society gave the presidential remarks. He acknowledged the speakers determination towards their businesses. The key to success of every business lies in determination, dedication and hard work.

Business leaders, entrepreneurs, industrialists, TiE members, Rotarians and academicians attended this flagship event aimed at "promoting and fostering Entrepreneurship through building required eco system and converting Belagavi into an entrepreneurial hub". Dr. Purushottam Bung, Professor, KLS IMER proposed vote of thanks.

Sound & Light show on 'From Venugram to Smart City' - The story of Belagavi was conducted immediately after the function.