Dr. H.B. Neelgund in charge Principal, Kittel Arts College, Dharwad joined the Academy on deputation in February 2016. He has written 9 books and published 19 articles in reputed Journals. His focus is on spirituality and spiritual leaders of India. His contribution to Rural Development, Panchayat System, Rain Harvesting, Pure Drinking Water programmes is appreciated by the Govt. of Karnataka. His contribution to creating ponds in Morab village with the help of Gram Panchayat is a model to Karnataka State. On this basis many ponds are created in Dharwad District. He is interested in transforming villagers’ mindset to promote their well being, self sufficiency, self employment and simple living on the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.