Canara High School Association was founded by Sri Ammembal Subba Rao Pai with the sole purpose of imparting the youth of Dakshina Kannada with modern education blended with ancient cultural values. He was a great social reformer and philanthropist with a rare combination of the ideal and practical. He also founded the (now nationalised) Canara Bank. Canara High School started by him in 1891 has grown into a dozen educational institutions, imparting quality education to over 7000 young boys and girls of this part of Karnataka from Nursery level to graduation.
Canara Engineering College is the new millenium project of CHS Association, for which careful planning and preparation was going on right from 1991-92, the centenary year of CHS Association.