The inspiring saga of Besant Institutions began in 1918 when Dr. Annie Besant, the renowned social reformer, laid the foundation stone for Besant Primary School at Kodialbail in Mangalore. The school, which was initially managed by the Theosophical Society of India has played host to illustrious personalities like Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and the Governor General of India Chakravarti Rajagopalachari.

Women’s National Education Society (WNES) took over the school administration from the Theosophical Society in 1943. Since then the institution has recorded continuous growth under the leadership of its visionary administrators like the late Manel Srinivas Nayak, late B. Damodar Prabhu, late Manel Krishna Nayak and the late Prof. P. P. Gomathi.

Their far sighted initiatives resulted in the establishment of a string of institutions, namely Besant Higher Primary School (Kannada Medium), National High School (Kannada Medium), Besant English School, Besant National Pre-University College, Besant Women’s College and Besant Evening College.

In 1999, WNES spread out its wings to launch its most prestigious academic venture. The MSNM Besant Institute of PG Management Studies was established on a new campus situated at Bondel, in the outskirts of Mangalore. This is today the flagship institution of WNES, being widely recognised as a frontrunner in modern management education.