Karnataka Council for Technological Upgradation has commenced functioning since 1996. It is registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960. KCTU is a joint venture of Central Government, State Government and Industry Associations. This is first of its kind in the country and it has been set up to fulfill the long felt needs of technological inputs to the SME's of Karnataka and to highlight on investment opportunities. It functions as a nodal agency for technology transfer and as a facilitator. It will provide a network of information agencies in India and abroad with easily available information search loops and services. The Council functions under the Chairmanship of Commissioner for Industrial Development and Director of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Karnataka.