Our foundation is named after Shri B. M. Patil – a humble and passionate visionary. He is greatly remembered today by the people of Vijayapur and will always remain in their hearts. The founder and president of SBMPF is the grandson of Shri B. M. Patil and is named after him.

Originally from the then Bijapur District, Shri B. M. Patil was popularly known as B. M. Saheb. He was one of the leading politicians of Karnataka. One of the distinguished INC leaders in North Karnataka, he was a worthy scion of the illustrious and affluent Patil family of the village of Toravi near Vijayapur. A science graduate from Lingaraj College, Belgaum, he entered public life as a young man by joining the Indian National Congress party with a vision to work for the all-round development and progress of the economically and educationally backward district of Vijayapur.

Shri B. M. Patil started his career with public service at the grassroots level and rose to become a notable minister in the Karnataka Government. He first served as an office-bearer of the Khadi Board, involving himself completely in all kinds of activities. This opened him to the sphere of co-operation at all levels. He later became an M.L.A and then a Minister for the State. Recognising his organising abilities and his selfless service to the society, the elderly and enlightened leaders of the day made him the General Secretary of the BLDE Association, a premier educational association in North Karnataka. His service to the cause of education through the BLDEA group of institutions deserves to be written in golden letters in the history of education in Karnataka. It is only fitting that the BLDEA has gratefully named its medical college as Shri B. M. Patil Medical College.

Basanagouda was born on 1st November, 1931 to Mallanagouda and Laxmibai of the aristocratic Patil family of Toravi, his mother being a daughter of the renowned family of Patils of Tikota. His parents died very early when he was just two years old. He was mainly brought up by his uncle Siddanagouda along with the love and care of his maternal uncles. He was raised in an atmosphere of culture and noble human values. At an early age, he developed leadership qualities. Shri B. M. Patil was the general secretary of the Lingaraj College Students’ Union while studying in the Senior year of B.Sc.

As a young man joining the Indian National Congress, Shri B. M. Patil, had a valuable political apprenticeship under veterans like Shri Channabasappa Ambali, Shri Murigeppa Sugandhi and Shri B. D. Jatti. Within a short period of time, he gained a lot of knowledge and experience on leading a public life and became a popular young leader; very soon he became a leading light in the co-operative sphere. He was elected as the Director of the D. C. C. Bank, Vijayapur and became a member of the Khadi Board. He was later elected as the Chairman of the Khadi Board and remained to serve as its backbone for decades.

Shri B. M. Patil strengthened and consolidated the Congress party in his constituency from the grassroots; he got recognised by the Delhi leaders because of his hard and honest work towards all sections of people in the district. In 1962, he got elected from the Tikota constituency to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka. Since then, he never looked back; he was elected as MLA six times and became an MLC once. As a people’s representative, he left no stone unturned in improving socio-economic and educational conditions of the poor, peasant workers and their families.
He became Minister for Civic Administration and Urban Development in 1967 in the ministry of Shri Veerendra Patil. During his period as a minister, he strove hard towards the development of towns and cities in the state in general and towards Vijayapur in particular. The Karnataka Government headed by Veerendra Patil did not last long because it was affected by what happened in the centre. The Congress Party split into two—the one called the Syndicate (the old Congress) comprising the old guard like Morarji Desai, Nijalingappa, Kamaraj Nadar, etc. and the other (Congress I) headed by Indira Gandhi. The Chief Minister, Shri Veerendra Patil remained with the old congress and Shri B. M. Patil along with his followers who believed in the progressive ideology and policies stood with Indira Gandhi and quit from the government. As a result the Government fell.

Shri B. M. Patil was not taken into the ministry that was formed after the assembly election under the leadership of Shri Veerendra Patil. Shri B. M. Patil was not upset at the unpleasant development which he took it in his stride as a challenge. To him, this was a blessing in disguise because he now could devote more time and energy to the task of addressing the agro-economic problems, health and sanitation issues and education of the villages of his constituency of Tikota and Vijayapur.

Shri B. M. Patil was truly a gentleman. He was loved by people of all classes and sections and communities. He was everyone’s friend and nobody’s foe because he loved everyone around him. All through his long public career, he remained untainted by corruption and narrow ‘isms’ like casteism and communalism; maintained a high moral probity and pristine purity of personal life which was as immaculate as the Khadi he wore.

Shri B. M. Patil strongly believed in the dicta service-before-self, charity to all and malice to none. He utilised his political power and influence for the good and welfare of the whole society. That was the reason why he was friends with even his political opponents.

Shri B. M. Patil acted as a bridge between Hindus and Muslims. He believed in inter-community relationship, peace and harmony. He solved a number of problems of the Muslim community. Vijayapur has fostered, developed and sheltered noble traditions and arts and literary compositions. Vijayapur is one of the very few places that are known for the happy synthesis of different cultures and traditions. As Sikandar-Shah of the 17th century, the last ruler of the Bijapur Sultanate, was known as a friend of Hindus, so Shri B. M. Patil was known for his tolerance and sympathy towards the members of other faiths.

The people of Vijayapur remain forever indebted to Shri B. M. Patil for the welfare measures he undertook and accomplished for them. He was the man behind the development of a fully-equipped seven-hundred bedded hospital with all the necessary facilities, the water barrage near Kolhar for water supply from the Krishna River, the underground sewage pipe line and the famous Sainik School.

Shri B. M. Patil had high hopes and dreams for the all-round progress and development of Vijayapur District. He strongly believed that education alone could be a mighty instrument to uplift people socially, economically and culturally. As the General Secretary of the BLDE Association, he chose to start institutions of all kinds of education, especially professional and technical colleges.
Shri B. M. Patil was a politician with a difference.

Shri B. M. Patil succeeded in harnessing the spiritual power of religious heads and saints like the Swamiji of Banthanal, Swamiji of Babaleswar and Vedant Kesari Mallikarjun Swamiji who had the temporal power of the political class of the time for the development of education. He ably carried forward the lamp of knowledge and education lit by Shri P. G. Halkatti and the like-minded enlightened band of progressive thinkers.

Shri B. M. Patil worked for the expansion and diversification of the BLDEA’s sphere of knowledge-dissemination by starting more than 25 schools and colleges. These institutes were not merely of traditional education but of professional and technical character. This shows how he was not simply an idealist but a down-to-earth realist too.

Shri B. M. Patil showed his grit in getting the government permission for starting the BLDE Association’s Medical College at Vijayapur.

When the Association’s application was turned down by the Government of Karnataka headed by Shri Ramakrishan Hegde of Janata Party and a Bangalore based institution was permitted to open a medical college at Vijayapur instead, the righteous indignation of Shri B. M. Patil (normally a quiet and balanced person) surged at the injustice. He took it up as a challenge and put up a legal fight. He went to the Karnataka High Court, then to the Supreme Court and won the case and started the college, fulfilling all the conditions laid down by the government in the stipulated time.

Shri B. M. Patil lived a happy domestic life with his wife Smt. Kamalabai and six children – two sons and four daughters. His elder son Shri M. B. Patil (Mallangouda B. Patil) is currently an MLA and a charismatic political leader for the Indian National Congress party. It is the good fortune of the BLDE Association that he is its President and striving towards taking it to greater heights.

Shri B. M. Patil was a man of regularity, discipline and punctuality. He never missed doing his yoga, morning meditation and evening walk. He was a lover of books and works of fine arts. He read books of literature, philosophy and history and particularly enjoyed reading biography and autobiography.

Shri B. M. Patil later fell ill in his late 50s and was shifted to Bengaluru for treatment. All efforts failed and he breathed his last on July 27, 1990. Today, his final resting place stands in the centre of the BLDEAs campus, speaking forever of the gratitude and love he had of the people.