Golden Valley Institute of Technology (GVIT) was started in the year 1986 at KGF by Dr. T. Thimmaiah Ph.D (London), IAS (Retd), as the founder president under the aegis of Golden Valley Educational Trust, with the sole purpose of imparting quality technical education to all and especially downtrodden people of this backward region. This trust also runs KGF First Grade College, KGF PU College & KGF Law College. He was the Chairman of the Southern Regional Council for Technical Education for six years and was instrumental in granting permission to start new polytechnics and engineering colleges in the Southern States. He was the Vice President of ISTE for two terms. He was the Director of School of Mines, KGF.