The National College, Basavanagudi is one of the 17 institutions managed by The National Education Society (NES) of Karnataka, established in 1917 by Dr. Annie Besant and other Nationalist leaders. The NES has completed 100 years in educating the socio-economic weaker sections and college is still remains true to those ideas. Padmabhushan Dr. H. Narasimhaiah had been a mentor. He was a bachelor and a Staunch Gandhian. He entered our institutions in 1936, as a student of the National High School, Basavanagudi. Later on, he became the President of the National Education Society of Karnataka for more than 25 years until his last breath in 2005. It was under his tutelage the developments of our institutions flourished. The Brand Name – National College is due to his untiring efforts as the Principal of the National College, He also occupied very important positions like the Vice-Chancellor of the Bangalore university, Nominated MLC of Government of Karnataka and the Chairman of Kannada Development Authority.
Dr. H Narasimhaiah, was against commercialising education and believed in giving education to every student without any social discrimination. Right from the beginning the college is against Capitation Fee. The majority of students come from socio-economic weaker sections and from rural background. Our mission is to provide the Value-based higher education to the students at a reasonable cost. The College offers undergraduate courses in BA, B.Sc. B.C.A and B.Com.
The College also offers Post -graduate Courses like MA in Kannada, English, Economics, Sociology, M. Com and M.Sc. in Computer Science.
The College has academic Autonomy conferred by the UGC since 2006 and NAAC has conferred ‘B++’ Grade to the College.
Thousands of Scientists, Media persons, Sports persons and other luminaries in different walks of life were produced by the College and to mention a few: Dr. A.S. Kiran Kumar, former Chairman, ISRO, Legendary Cricketer Sri. Anil Kumble, the present BBMP Commissioner Sri. Manjunath Prasad, Advocate General of Karnataka Sri. Uday Holla, Ryder Professor and one of the Directors of Florida International University Dr. S.S. Iyengar, Vice Admiral Sri Sunder Raj, Veteran Journalists such as late Smt. Gowri Lankesh, Sri, Chidananda Rajaghatta, innumerable Cinema, Small screen and Theatre Artistes such as late Vishnuvardhan, Arvind Ramesh, Kishore, Rangayana Raghu, Srinivas G. Kappanna,and many more.

The College has a necessity in upgrading the teaching methodology. The institution is restructuring and improvising the education of all the streams. The college is educating students with minimal fee. In improvising the education the college will need economic aid. The fund will help students in getting better education and led to get a good job and it reflects on their standard of living. In order made our students to cope up with the modern trends in the competitive world, the College has been striving to improve its pedagogy. With the sustained support the institution will help students in developing vital skills and compete.