The background of origination of Adichunchanagiri institute of Technology, Chikkamagaluru, is itself distinctive in nature. Our Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust Founder Chairman Paramapoojya Jagadguru Padmabhushana Sri Sri Sri Dr Balagangadharanatha Mahaswamiji, 71st Pontiff of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Mutt, an ancient (2000 years old) spiritual institution of Karnataka. PoojyaMahaSwamiji believed that Gyana (Knowledge) and Karma (Dutifulness) which are the salvation paths of human beings. Based on this philosophy, instead of building only the temples, PoojyaMahaswamiji opened affordable educational institutes across the state specifically in rural parts.AIT is one such institute started in rural area of Chikkamagaluru, with the inclusion and support of local community aimed to provide quality engineering education to the poor and deprived sections of the society.At Present Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust running more than 475 educational institutes as mahagyanayagna included Primary, Secondary, Higher Secondary, Pre-university, UG-PG, Engineering, Medical (Modern medicine, Ayurvedic), Skill oriented courses, Research institutes, Hospitals and ancient Vedic and spiritual courses, across the nation and also having global presence in recent past and more than 1,25,000 students are being benefited through these temples of learning. Sri SriSriMahaswamiji social consciousness is also led the Trust to start Blind residential schools, Orphanages, Cow shelters, Cultural & Folk lore festivals, Protection & encouragement of rural traditions, customs, rituals etc. As a founder of KaranatakaVanasamvardhana Trust ® Sri SriMahaswamiji contributed for plantation of more than 5 crore saplings across the state. Akshara (Education), Anna (Food) and Aarogya (Health) dasoha (Service) is routine and regular service of the Sri AdichunchanagiriMahasamsthana Mutt. For the contributions of PoojyaMahaSwamiji, The Govt of India honoured him with third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan in the year 2010. The Successor of Sri SriSriDr.BalagangadharanathaMahaswamiji and 72nd Pontiff of SriAdichunchanagiriMahasamsthana Mutt, Sri SriSriNirmalandanathaMahaswamiji – is a gold medalist in M.Tech from IIT-Chennai, leading the trust from the front to continue the rich legacy founded by his predecessor. In continuation of the values propounded by the Mutt, Sri SriSriMahaswamiji constituted BGS VidyaNidhi ( A fund to honor the toppers of SSC & PUC), Jyan-Vigyana-TanthragyanaMela (an annual exhibition of Knowledge, Science &Technology) to stress the integration of Science and technology with spirituality among young students of the state. The award Vignatham also constituted to honor the achievers in various fields. ChunchandriKalothsava is another such event, where students from AST institution can participate and showcase their talents in Indian Arts & culture, and be awarded.
The basement of AIT is stood on the value system propounded and guided by our great saints. AIT is proudly claims that, we also part of contributing and continuing the rich philosophy of our founders towards service of human kind – especially in the field of Technical education.Some of the highlighted contributions of our institute towards society,keep us very much distinctivewith other players in the industry.