The Bhandary Foundation evolved on 18 November 2002 from the vision of Mr. Manjunath Bhandary, an Engineering graduate and a post graduate in Political Science. He is a well known business man, agriculturist, philanthropist, social worker, and a political activist.

The Foundation is dedicated to the cause of social justice, social development through education, and up-lifting the less fortunate sections of the society. The Foundation, which believes in the holistic development of the individual, has been encouraging and promoting cultural and sports activities as well.

The Bhandary Foundation was envisioned by Mr. Bhandary while representing the Indian Government at the World HIV/AIDS Conference at Barcelona, Spain in July 2002, as one of the Indian Delegates along with Mr. Shatrughan Sinha, Hon’ble Minister for Health, and Mr. Oscar Fernandes, Hon’ble Minister for Labour, Government of India.

The conference was attended by the dignitaries of the world like Mr. Bill Clinton, Mr. Nelson Mandela, Mr. I. K. Gujral, and other prominent world leaders. In the conference, the leaders appealed to the delegates to fight against this disease, to create awareness about HIV/AIDS and drug abuse in the younger generation, and to work towards its prevention.

Inspired by this, Mr. Manjunath Bhandary founded the Bhandary Foundation and started the Sahyadri Institute of Health Sciences at Mangalore from where they could get more and more hands to work in the field of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse.