The Institute has been named after Shri. Shivappa Gurubasappa Balekundri (born May 5, 1922), who was a Civil Engineer and an irrigation expert. He was the chief engineer and architect of Malaprabha, Ghataprabha, Alamatti and Narayanapur dams of the south, north and eastern regions of Karnataka State. He is best remembered today as Second Visvesvaraya.The Karnataka government has honoured him by instituting an award for engineering excellence in his name. A statue was also erected in 2006 at Alamatti in his honour and a road has been named after him in the state capital Bengaluru. The Institute has five academic departments with well qualified faculty. It is a campus with a serene, scholastic atmosphere consisting of well- planned buildings with spacious classrooms, sophisticated equipment, state of the art laboratories, and internet and wi-fi facilities.
To impart technical education with spiritual values and emerge as one of the nations leading institutions in the field of technical education and research.
Strive to encourage ideas, talents and value systems.
Guide students to be successful in their endeavour with moral and ethical values.
Build relation with Industries and National Laboratories to support in the field of Engineering and Technology.
Inculcate a thirst for knowledge in students and help them to achieve Academic Excellence and Placement.
Train and develop the faculty to achieve Professional, Organisational objectives, and excel in Research and Development.
Use expertise, Resources and modern technology available for the research and development by establishing research centers.