Dr. A V Baliga College of Arts and Science, Kumta, formerly known as Kanara College was the first institution for higher education in Uttara Kannada district when it was established seven decades ago. Thanks to the toil and sweat of the founding fathers of the institution, Shri. N T Hegde, Shri. L S Kamat and Shri. M R Diwekar that this temple of higher education saw the light of day on 20th June 1949. It was a dream-come true for the founders when Dr. A V Baliga, a noble philanthropist who was a successful doctor in Bombay strengthened their hand with substantial financial aid.