In 1982, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) of Karnataka Province extended its mission from coastal Karnataka to North Karnataka identifying Mundgod Taluka of Uttara Kannada district as the base for launching its service among the Siddi, Gawli, Golla, Vaddar, Lamani, Koravar and Other Backward Communities. They have been actively carrying out pastoral, educational, social and healthcare ministries. Focus of the mission is “service of faith and promotion of justice through dialogue with the religions and culture.” The mission’s key focus is on formal and non-formal education, village conscientisation, health and social empowerment, besides taking care of the spiritual needs of the people.
The North Karnataka Jesuits Educational and Charitable Society (NKJE&CS), was established in 1992 in Mundgod by the Karnataka Jesuit Province. It is registered as a society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960, vide registration no: DR/SR/44/92-93 dated 08-10-1992. The Provincial Superior of the Karnataka Jesuit Province is the ex-officio member and President of the Society. Since then, NKJE&CS has been working with the most marginalized communities of Mundgod, Hangal and Manvi, located in the remote areas of Uttara Kannada, Haveri and Raichur districts of Karnataka.
NKJE& CS has been primarily implementing its Vision and Mission through its Social and Educational institutions.
Loyola Vikasa Kendra (LVK) is a Social Action Wing of NKJE &CS which is one of the leading Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) established in 1986 for the integral development of the communities focussing both educational and social empowerment. Currently it has two centres at Hangal and Mundgod Taluks running various programs in 80 villages.
NKJE&CS has been engaged in the field of Education for the past 30 years by imparting education to children from various communities primarily through establishing a group of educational institutions in Mundgod and Manvi Talukas of Uttara Kannada and Raichur Districts respectively. It includes Loyola Higher Primary School, Loyola High School, Loyola Kendriya Vidyalaya (CBSE) and Loyola Composite Pre-University College (PUC) at Mundgod. St. Xavieir’s School (CBSE), Loyola School and Loyola PUC at Manvi.