​​​​​Minister's Profile​​

R. V. Deshpande

Minister for Higher Education

and Tourism Govt. of Karnataka

Room No. 314, 314-A, 3rd Floor,

Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore 560 001 Tel: 080 - 2225 0637

Bangalore 560 001

Email:  tourismminister@karnatakatourism.org

Every great statesman has a unique leadership style - the Minister of Higher Education and Tourism, Sri. Raghunath Vishwanathrao Deshpande has proved this time and again. Born in 1947 to Late. Vishwanathrao Deshpande and Late. Vimalabai Deshpande, he completed his B.A. (Hons.) from Karnataka University and earned a law degree from Shivaji University.

​Political Career:

Sri. Deshpande was the President of the Karnataka State Co-operative Agriculture & Rural Development Bank and Chairman of KSSIDC. He won the Assembly elections 7 times from Haliyal Constituency in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka. He has served as the Minister of State for Small Scale Industries, Agriculture Housing and Urban Development, Large and Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development and Co-operation. He was also the Leader of the Opposition of Karnataka State Legislative Assembly and the President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.


Highlights of the work done under his able leadership:

  • Launched the new eco-tourism project, Jungle Camps and Trails, for people to learn and appreciate the eco-systems
  • Karnataka Tourism participated in 55 domestic and 15 international events and won the Union Government’s Best Tourism Promotional Materials for the fourth time in a row
  • The advertising campaign, ‘New Worlds’ invites travellers to experience the State’s ‘Many Worlds’; this went on to become a huge hit
  • Strong presence across social media – Face book, Twitter and YouTube



  • Streamlined the Industrial Policy Novel Foreign Investment Policy & Information Technology Policy.
  • The development of industries, including high-tech industries like ITPL, which improved the economy of the State.
  • Encouraged multinational companies to invest in the industries in Karnataka, including core infrastructure sectors like Power, Steel, Transportation, etc.
  • Initiated various manufacturing industries for the growth of SSI sectors and collaborated with multinationals to aid in the competitiveness and compatibility in international markets.
  • These policies and programmes ascended Karnataka to second place in terms of investment approvals in the Industry & Infrastructure Schemes.
  • Toured extensively across the world to initiate programmes and policies of the State and accrue investment in various industrial sectors.