P.E.S. College of Engineering, Mandya is one of the pioneer Engineering Colleges in India. Presently it is affiliated to the Visvesvaraya Technological University and is recognized by the All India Council of Technical Education, New Delhi. Previously it is affiliated to the University of Mysore. It is an institution functioning under the grant-in-aid scheme of Government of Karnataka. The College was established in the year 1962 by People's Education Society currently known as People's Education Trust (R), with the help of philanthropic farmers of Mandya District. The sole objective of the college was to promote Technical Education among the students of Rural Areas. The Society was founded by late Sri K.V. Shankaregowda, former Education Minister of Government of Karnataka. He was a person with a missionary zeal and long cherished ambition to promote and disseminate knowledge, serving generally the cause of Education.
The College campus is located in South Western part of Mandya City, along the Bangalore-Mysore Highway, on an elevated and sprawling plot of 62 acres of land. Mandya City is the district head Quarters and is 100 kms from Bangalore and 45 kms from Mysore. Mandya is well connected by a Highway and a broad gauge railway line. Mandya District is predominantly an agricultural area. The lush green fields of Sugar Cane and Paddy is a pleasing sight to all those who pass by. Mandya is also bounded by scenic splendors like Gaganachukki, Barachukki water falls at Shivanasamudram, Brindavan Gardens at KRS and Historical place of interest in Srirangapatna.