Kote is a technocrat with 35+ years of experience in strategic planning, project management, embedded systems design engineering and electronic designs. He holds a B. Tech degree in Electronics and Communications from Mysore University, where he secured the first rank, and subsequently completed his M. Tech degree in Industrial Electronics.
A recipient of the Kirloskar Memorial Award for being an outstanding student, he is also a fellow member of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of India and has completed the professional level of the examination conducted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral studies in Power systems under Visvesvaraya Technological University. He is currently associated with a reputed college of engineering in Bengaluru as a professor.