The Vokkaligara Sangha was founded in 1906 to promote the social, cultural and educational aspirations of the agricultural community of the erstwhile Mysore State. For 60 years, the Sangha has been running a hostel called Vokkaligara Hoste, which provides hostel facilities for all for students from rural areas studying in Bangalore. Many distinguished officers, educationists and political leaders of Karnataka hailing from rural areas made use of this hostel facility during their educational career.
The Sangha's primary focus has been on education. It runs the following institutions:
- Visveswarapuram College of Science
- Visveswarapuram College of Arts and Commerce
- Visveswarapuram College of Law
- Visveswarapuram Evening College of Arts, Commerce and Law
- Bangalore Institute of Technology
- V.V Puram Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Rural Middle School and High School at Sreegandhadakaval
- Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences
- Vokkaligara Sangha Dental College
- Kempegowda Institute of Nursing
- Kempegowda Institute of Physiotherapy
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