Dr. Manje Gowda is the Chairman of Vidya Soudha Public School. . Hailing from a small rural village near Hassan, he has achieved excellence in both education and industry over a career spanning more than 35 years. A rank holder in Engineering, he did his Masters and Doctorate from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Masters of Business Administration from University of Bangalore.He has a wide ranging experience both in Public and Private sectors with meritorious achievements and professional successes. He began his career in PWD,Government of Karnataka and worked in KSFC, a Government of Karnataka undertaking, engaged in corporate funding.He took voluntary retirement from a senior position in KSFC to explore other opportunities in the provate sector. He has worked with various privarely held and public companies. He is currently on the board of BWSSB. Dr. Manje Gowda is also engaged in several voluntary organizations and social activities.
Some of his past and current positions are:
Chairman – Vidya Soudha Group of Institutions – A group of educational institutions across Karnataka engaged is providing world class education for students in primary and secondary levels.
Managing Trustee – Sri ManjunathaSeva Trust and SDM Charitable Trust – non-profit organizations engaged in providing education and vocational training.
General Manager (Retired) of Karnataka State Finance Corporation – (KSFC) - KSFC is one of the fast track term lending financial institutions in the country with assistance to over 1,68,152 units amounting to nearly Rs 13,136 crore over the last 55 years in the State of Karnataka.
Past President, Bengaluru Management Association (BMA), Bengaluru: As the President (2012-13), he took up several key initiatives of national importance, responsible to get a prime land to BMA for setting up of Management Development Centre (MDC), started the implementation of MDC project at Bengaluru, at an estimated cost of over Rs.10.00 crores. He continues to be an active member of BMA.
Director on the board of Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB)
Vice President, Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA), Bengaluru: Vice President of the premier institution for the development of sporting activities both at State and National level.
President, Karnataka Amateur Boxing association (KABA), Bengaluru:President of the association for the term 2011-2015. A sports body promoting the cause of boxing activities in the State. Many events both at State level and National Level have been conducted successfully. Has taken initiative to recognize boxers all over the State and promote them to participate in events conducted at National level and State level Boxing Championships.
Chairman, Export Promotion Council For EOUs & SEZs (EPCES), Regional Governing Council, Cochin: - EPCES - a Government of India Organization that oversees the promotion of exports through EOU’s and SEZ’s. An important assignment in terms of advising GOI on export policies.
Director on the Board of Altron Hotels (P) Ltd, Bengaluru - A company engaged in the hospitality sector establishing a five star hotel project in Bengaluru.
Director on the Board of Vishak Engineers (P) Ltd., Bengaluru - A company engaged in construction activities.
Dr. ManjeGowda has visited various western countries as a delegate of Indo – European Business Development Centre. The countries visited are USA, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium etc. Visited several industries in these countries and participated in seminars/meetings with local chambers of commerce, industrialists, associations etc. Visited China and Hong Kong as a delegate representing EPCES, A Government of India Organization. This visit included meetings with local Chambers of Commerce, Industry visits/interactions, visit to SEZs etc. Visited Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, USA and many other countries on business assignments.