The name "Davangere" is derived from the "DAVANE" which means a rope in Kannada, used for tying the cattle and horses on the bank of a big lake. In the year 1811 the name of the small village with about five hundred houses has changed to DAVANGERE. It is said that Hyder Ali gave it as a Jahgir to a Maratha Chief named Appajiram who encouraged merchants to settle there. Important historical monuments of the district, the inscriptions and coins that belong to the Mauryan period are found in Jaglur taluk of this district. On 2nd March of 1934, Mahatma Gandhi visited Davangere and laid foundation stone for a high school. It was not just beginning for educational era in Davangere but a major mile stone. Today there are 3 Engineering, 3 Medical, 2 Dental, 1 Fine Arts, and other professional courses like ayurveda, commerce, science, arts, agriculture, pharmacy and polytechnic. Kuvempu University?s study center, PG Center and Engineering Collage are in Davangere.