JSS Mahavidyapeetha is a socio-cultural institution that has pioneered the concept of education as a tool for social change. While the focus has been on providing opportunities for formal education, there is strong parallel thrust on values, ethics and the meeting of societal obligations. This is an institution that adopts a multipronged approach to ensure a better quality of life. Through its over 350 varied institutions, it not only provides learning to around 50000 students but also touches the lives of millions through a cascading effect. From a humble beginning less than six decades ago, today JSS Mahavidyapeetha has grown into a social force that transcends boundaries and cultures. Institutions in its fold go beyond education to old age homes, co-operatives, rural development institutions, orphanages, vocational training, publications and even cultural revival and protection of our heritage. Every activity that the JSS Mahavidyapeetha undertakes is aimed at the furtherance of its objective of a brighter and more fruitful future for society at large. The present Pontiff H.H Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, the 24th spiritual Head of Suttur Math and President of JSS Mahavidyapeetha has been the torch bearer of its tradition of providing educational excellence. Under the guidance of His Holiness, JSS Mahavidyapeetha has taken a lead in spreading literacy and learning, providing health care and nurturing rural development for the economic upliftment of society. In the process, an institution unmatched in commitment and dedication to the cause of learning and development has been created.
JSS College of Arts, Commerce & Science, Ooty road, Mysore, started in 1964, is the first degree college of JSS Mahavidyapeetha. The college is Autonomous under University of Mysore and is re-accredited by NAAC with “A” grade. It is recognized by UGC as “College with Potential for Excellence” and also the college is recognized by DBT, Govt. of India, New Delhi, under “Star College Scheme”. Department of IT and BT, Govt. of Karnataka, has sanctioned “Biotechnology Finishing School”. The College is situated on a sprawling 7 acres plot with a spacious building and a women's hostel in a picturesque surrounding at the foot of Chamundi Hill. Because of its multifaceted growth, the college has won encomiums from all corners. The year 2015-16 is the year of celebration of Golden Jubilee of the college.