Dr. M.S. Ramaiah, a visionary, educationist, industrialist and philanthropist founded "Gokula Education Foundation (GEF)" in the year 1962 and under the aegis of this foundation was born "M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT)" in the same year. Dr. M.S. Ramaiah, a successful entrepreneur by the end of the first decade after independence, realized that the socio-political and economic edifice of this country must be built on the solid base of education. At that time, the opportunities for professional education, be it in Engineering field or in Medical field, were too limited to fulfill the aspirations of the large number of bright and talented students of this country. It was in this context that Dr. M.S. Ramaiah established the GEF and under its aegis MSRIT, a pioneering effort in the area of private, self-financed technical education system. His vision, ideals and goals, which were implicit in the functioning of GEF, are reflected in the articulation of the mission of GEF. Today eighteen institutions, including MSRIT, are successfully running under the umbrella of GEF.