Andhra University – Wikipedia

Public university in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Andhra University (IAST: Āndhra Vișvakalāpariṣhat) is a public university located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. It was established in 1926.[1][2]


H.H. Maharajah Sri Vikram Dev Varma Bahadur, the founding father of Andhra University

King Vikram Deo Verma, the Maharaja of Jeypore was one of the biggest donors of the university. He donated lands and two million rupees for the establishment of the university which was set to be shifted elsewhere by the education authorities due to lack of funding.[3] Furthermore, he provided ₹1 lakh annually to the university, an approximate figure of ₹17 lakhs between 1930s – 1940s.a[4][5] The liberal king was conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree from the university. The Jeypore College of Technology and Science in Andhra University was founded by Maharajah Vikram Deo.[6]

University emblem[edit]

The university emblem was designed by Sri Kowta Rammohan Sastri with the guidance of Cattamanchi Ramalinga Reddy. The rising sun represents the university itself and the radiating light rays representing its faculties of study. The lotus is the seat of Goddess Lakshmi (prosperity) and Saraswati (knowledge). The swastika is the symbol of benediction. An ocean is the vast region of knowledge. The two serpents represent the seekers and custodians of wisdom.[7]

Andhra University, Visakhapatnam

Faculties and departments[edit]


Andhra University was ranked 1001+ in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020[11] and 351–400 in Asia.[12] The QS World University Rankings of 2020 ranked it 351–400 in Asia.[10] It was ranked 36th in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2020[13] and 19th among universities.[14] NIRF also ranked the Andhra University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences 34th in India in the pharmacy ranking.[18]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India
  • Satya N. Atluri, Mechanical Engineering (1959-1963), recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award for 2013 in science & engineering
  • Kambhampati Hari Babu, electronics and communications engineering, member of the 16th Lok Sabha[19]
  • G. M. C. Balayogi, 12th Speaker of Lok Sabha
  • Neeli Bendapudi, 18th president of the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, US, president elect of Penn State University
  • Jasti Chelameswar, judge of Supreme Court
  • B. M. Choudary, inorganic chemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • Undurti Narasimha Das, immunologist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • Kunchithapadam Gopalan, geochronologist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • Chennupati Jagadish, applied physics 1977–1980, Companion of the Order of Australia
  • Pilli Alfred James, public administrator
  • S. Rao Kosaraju, Computer Science (1959–1964), founder of the Kosaraju’s algorithm, which finds the strongly connected components of a directed graph
  • Kolluru Sree Krishna, geophysicist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • Ipsita Pati, Philanthropist and Bollywood Actress.
  • K. Padmanabhaiah, former secretary, Ministry of home affairs, Government of India
  • N. S. Raghavan, Electrical Engineering 1959–1964, co-founder of Infosys
  • Anumolu Ramakrishna, former Deputy Managing Director of Larsen & Toubro and Padma Bhushan recipient
  • B. L. S. Prakasa Rao, statistician, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate and National Science Foundation Fellow[20]
  • Barry Ramachandra Rao, space physicist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • C. R. Rao, statistician, National Medal of Science laureate[21]
  • G. S. R. Subba Rao, natural product chemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao, Mechanical Engineering, founder and Chairman of the GMR Group, an infrastructure enterprise
  • Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao, plant breeder, popularly known as the “father of hybrid sorghum”, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar recipient
  • B. S. Daya Sagar, geoengineering (1988–1994), only Asian recipient of Georges Matheron Lectureship Award from International Association for Mathematical Geosciences
  • B. L. K. Somayajulu, geochemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • Adusumilli Srikrishna, organic chemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • Trivikram Srinivas, MSc (Nuclear Physics), film director
  • Raghu Rama Krishna Raju, Member of Parliament in 17th Lok Sabha[22]
  • Duvvuri Subbarao, economist and former Reserve Bank of India Governor[23]
  • Varanasi Subramanyam, Indian Maoist politician
  • P. Susheela, An Indian playback singer associated with the South Indian Cinema
  • Srinivasan Varadarajan, chemist and Padma Bhushan awardee

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