Karnataka Lingayat Education Society (Kannada: ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಲಿಂಗಾಯತ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ) was founded in 1916 by seven educated youth with the objective of bringing education to the Kannada speaking region of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency and what is today the North Karnataka region.
Ever since its establishment in the year 1916, the dynamism of change has been an integral part of the KLE Society. The results are obviously seen in the visibly transformed educational landscape of Karnataka and Maharashtra where the KLE Society stands as a testimony to the commitment to serve, uplift and infuse a new life among the rural populace.
The outstanding contribution made by the illustrious founders Sri. Chachadi Veerabhadrappa Gundappa Naik, ruler of the Chachadi province, Sri. Atal Rudragouda, District Deputy Collector of the British Government and Sri. Vaijappa Anigol Rao Bahadur, were supplemented by seven outstanding individuals whose collective foresight and combined philanthropy made Belgaum, in Karnataka, the base for a lifetime achievement.