Shri Mallana Gouda Patil or M.B. Patil, currently the Minister for Water Resources, Govt. of Karnataka, was born on 7th October 1964. He is the elder son of Late Shree B. M. Patil, renowned educationalist, politician and statesman.

Shri M .B. Patil holds a degree in Bachelor of Engineering from Vachana Pitamaha P.G.Halakatti College of engineering. His leadership qualities were evident since school life. He held various youth leadership positions in his student life. He also possessed skills in architecture and public works.