Kalaburagi is 623 km north of the state capital of Bengaluru and 200 km from Hyderabad. Although initially part of Hyderabad State, the city is the administrative headquarters of the district. In Kannada kala means stones, buragi means land thus the name kalaburgi - land of stones.
Kalaburagi is a historic place being the origin of the social reformist movement of the great 12th century saint Basaweshwara and also the seat of the great Sufi saint Khwaja Bande Nawaz.
The university identifies itself with these universal symbols of humanism and harmony who were also responsible for the general trend of education in the sense of enlightenment and upliftment of the masses. These ideas have found expression through the famous and old symbol of the ‘Tree of Life’ which is the basic motif for the university logo. The figurine at the bottom, representing the scholar, is symbolic of life reaching in all its expansiveness and leading to knowledge and enlightenment.
Kalaburagi district is situated in northern Karnataka between 76°.04' and 77°.42 east longitude, and 17°.12' and 17°.46' north latitude, covering an area of 10,951 km². This district is bounded on the west by Vijayapur district and Solapur district of Maharashtra state, on the north by Bidar district and Osmanabad district of Maharashtra state, on the south by Yadgir district, and on the east by Ranga Reddy district of Telangana state.
Kalaburagi is warm and the temperatures shorting over 45 degree Celsius during the summer months of April-May. Rains start from June to October followed by a short and sometimes sharp winter.
The city of Kalaburagi is accessible by airways, railways and roadways. Nearest international airport to Kalaburagi is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, Hyderabad, at a distance of nearly 230 km. The city is well connected with all major cities of India like Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai through a number of regular trains and buses.
The Central Bus Stand, Kalaburagi is well connected to the university and nearby places by a network of state and interstate buses.