In 1986 a group of philanthropists interested in the cause of medical education and social services with an intention to develop the backward area of Kolar district, registered the Sri Devaraj Urs Educational Trust, headed by Sri.R.L.Jalappa, Member of Parliament and champion of co-operative movement.
The trust started Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Tamaka, Kolar in the year 1986. Through this college the trust has sought to make a significant contribution to medical education research and health care to rural population which was the primary need of not only this region but also the entire country. The college is situated in Tamaka 5 Km from Kolar town abutting National Highway No.4 (between Bangalore and Chennai).
The trust in its stride for attainment of its vision, mission and objectives obtained for its medical college ISO 9001-2000 Certification and Accreditation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC, INDIA) in the year 2006. Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College is one of the few colleges in India to have achieved this remarkable feat.
The University Grants Commission of India after being satisfied about the infrastructure and teaching facilities recommended to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India to confer deemed to be university status to the medical college. Accordingly, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India conferred deemed to be University status to the medical college in May 2007. At present The University has Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College as its constituent college. Additional institutions in other disciplines are in the process of induction i.e. Sri Devaraj Urs College of Nursing, Tamaka, Kolar and R.L.Jalappa Institute of Technology, Doddabalapur.