College Profile

The Beginning

It was in 1980 when the confabulations among nine members precipitated into forming an educational society, which was Christened after the name of “Swamy” Sri Sankaranandagiri and finally it emerged as Sri Sankaranandagiri Swamy Educational Society. This Educational society at its inception level charioted by the following four members on the governing body with the other five as its executive members.

Former Founder Committee

Governing Body Members

Chairman

Sri D.A. Nettappa

Secretary

Sri Dr. R.V. Naidu

Correspondent

Sri K.C. Narayana

Treasurer

Sri M. Thimmaiah

Executive Members

Sri V.N. Chowdary
Sri T. Rangaiah
Sri R. Venkataiah
Sri K. Gangappa
Sri Dr. T. Narayana

Present Committee

# Member Designation
1

Sri T. Rangaiah

Chaiman
2

Sri K. Rangaiah

Vice-Chaiman
3

Sri K.C. Narayana

Correspondent
4

Dr. B. Venkatesulu

Secretary
5

Smt. B. Aswarthamma

Treasurer
6

Sri T.V. Rangaiah Naidu

Executive Member
7

Sri D. Adeppa

Executive Member
8

Sri M. Pullaiah

Executive Member
9

Sri K. Hari Kumar

Executive Member
10

Sri D.A. Murali Krishna

Executive Member
11

Sri T. Venkateswara Rao

Executive Member
12

Dr. R. Venkatesh Babu

Executive Member
13

Sri M.C. Balaiah

Executive Member
14

Sri D. Madhu Mohan

Executive Member
15

Sri K. Gowtham

Executive Member

At the outset

This educational society envisaged an easy and affordable access of collegiate education to every rank and file in and around the vicinity of Guntakal town. Leaving no room for delay, the society initiated an action plan to give shape to their long cherished objective of education for all.


It made a humble beginning with junior college established in 1982 with just 72 student strength in the first year. Subsequently, the society mooted the idea of a Degree College for enabling these students to continue their studies and prosecute their Degrees. Hence the establishment of a degree college in 1984 under the same educational society. As a result of this action plan, nearly 100 educated youth got employment in both the colleges both in Teaching and Non-Teaching departments. The unflinching efforts of the management and the unabated endevours of its staff culminated into a big success of the action plan.

Though this was a maiden period, the management Organised Astavadhanam with Sri Medasani Mohan to the satisfaction of the public and conducted District Sports and Games meet in 1985-86 encouraging not only its students but also students of other colleges. The Department of Telugu also arranged a talk on “Whether Telugu could be made a classical Language” with Smt. Prabhavathi, Avadhani and Retired Principal of Rly. Jr. College, Guntakal as a Guest speaker. It was attended by the staff from other Departments in the college. All its activities gradually came to such a pause that the student enrollment in both the colleges shot up and it had to go for a permanent Physical infrastructure. For this purpose the Society acquired land at two different places for the construction of Pucca Buildings for both the colleges.

At the request of the correspondent and with the growing popularity of the collges with its activities and results, funds from District M.P’s Under M.P.L.A.Ds were generously given for the completion of college buildings which were already under way with the Management Funds. Besides the formal courses with which the colleges were started, the management, which constantly was vigilant to the needs and demands of the day, introduced new courses in science and commerce. It introduced Bio-Technology, Bio-Chemistry, Electronics and Computer Science in the science stream and computer science in commerce stream and B.B.M in Management courses.

Literary Seminars, by the Department of English were conducted in two different years with Prof. K. Venkata Reddy from S.K. University, as a resource person: one on “Shakespear’s – Hamlet” and another on “R.K. Narayan’s Novels”. It was again at initiative, there was an intramural debate among the staff of the Departments of English from both the colleges with Mr. K. Sreenivasulu, State President G.J.L.A and Lecturer in English in the neighboring S.K.P. Govt. Jr. College as a moderator for the subject “The new challenges in Language teaching – the role of English Master”. At the end there was a consensus among the participant teachers that “Student centred class room is the answer”.

Seminaras were also conducted by the science and Art Departments with Prof. P. Pullaiah, Prof. Narayana and Prof. Basha Mohiddin all from S.K. University, Anantapur, were the speakers and this multidisciplinary seminar was inaugurated by Prof. P.R. Naidu, The then Vice-Chancellor of S.K. University.

Our students won the cash award of Rs.1.5 Lakh in “Janmabhoomi” programme and one student from our Degree College, Miss N. Meenakshi won the state First award in Elecution completion conducted at Hyderabad in connection with the “Janmabhoomi” Programme. Apart from the routine curricular activity, Majority of teaching staff have undertaken minor research projects and successfully completed them. One of us has even served as Guide for M.Phil Degrees through correspondence mode. The colleges have come to limelight not only with their academic activity but also with the active participation of some of the staff in public activity like addressing public meetings on social issues organized by political parties, student unions, voluntary organizations, Non-Government organizations and a host of others.

As it was the serious concern of the management to imbibe the ideas of Dr. B.r. Ambedkar among the students and general public, it found Ambedkar birth centenary celebrations as a fitting occasion and organized a seminar of a national character on “”Dr. Ambedkar’s thought on Public Policy” with D.L. Narayana professor of Economics and Principal of S.V. University as the Chief Guest.

Another such extra mural event was, the visit of a team of professors from S.V. University, Tirupati, headed by Dr. R. Seshadri Naidu, Director, Academic staff college, S.V.University. They held a meeting of the staff and students and explained the new trends and challengers in higher education in India.

Celebrating the day of a particular importance with a talk by eminent Academics from outside the college was a regular activity. Accordingly, a symposium was organized on the Aids day with Prof. R. Chandra Sekhar Reddy, N.S.S. Co-ordinator S.K.University and Prof. Subhash Chand, N.S.S. Liason Officer, A.P. State as the guest speakers.

Nevertheless, the teaching staff of the college have constantly been working in the field of Research also. Dr. Ramakrishna Naidu, then Reader in the department of English served as a research guide for the award of M.Phil to Mr. U. Narasanna of P.V. College, Bellary from Madhurai Kamaraj University on “Feminism in the short stories of Sashi Desh Pande”. In continuation of his pursuit for research he could also serve as a Research guide to Smt. Vakkala Uma, for the award of her M.Phil on “The Fiction of Nayantara Sahgal – A study” from Madhurai Kamaraj University. This was his second M.Phil work given to his former student.

The department of Economics, on its part arranged a talk on “Economic Challenges and Global Reforms” with Prof. Dasaratha Ramaiah of S.K. University, Anantapur, as a resource person and another of the same kind was arranged on “New Economic Policies in India” with Prof. Satyanarayana of S.K. University, Anantapur as a Guest Speaker. Both the meetings were held on the same day on Sunday. A few lecturers from the neighboring colleges and the general public with a taste for contemporary economic issues also attended. There was a question – answer hour at the end, which highlighted the issues in a vivid and lucid manner.

It was at a time, when ‘Commerce’ as a degree was felt to be in low profile because of Information Technology ruling the roost in job market, the Dept. of Commerce mooted the idea of organizing a talk on the prospects of commerce. Mr. A. Suresh, chartered Accountant, Chennai was invited to the college and they gave a lecture on “Commerce – A multi Dimensional Subject”. He threw light on various ways in which commerce both as a subject and degree is useful in the contemporary society. The department of Commerce followed the department of Economics in arranging an extra mural lecture on “Globalization, Liberalization and Privatization” with K.S. Prakash Rao, from ICFAI, Hyderabad as a speaker. It was a presentation of the 21st Century.

Similarly, the department of Life Sciences under the tutelage of Mr. M. Sreenivasulu of Botany, organized a seminar on “Nano-Technology A Boon” in the premises of the college. This was held as an intramural activity with the assistance of his counter-parts in allied departments. Students also participated in this closed door activity along with the staff.

A mega event of this kind was the workshop by the department of Chemistry Govt. Degree College for Men, Anantapur. It was attended by nearly twenty students accompanied by two of its lecturers: Mr. S. Khajavalli and Mr. P. Gopal. All went to Anantapur in our college bus and it was considered to be a brain freshener to students because of the experts’ clarification on many of the problems shrouded around chemistry, in the backdrop of Computer Science taking over chemistry at graduate level.

The department of Physics continued to have interaction with their counterparts in Jr. College and organized a lecture session on “Semi Conductors and their Applications” Dr. D. Seshappa and N. Shankar of the departments to active part in it. In the sequence of events, a team of our students guided by Dr. D. Seshappa, Department of Physics attended the “National Physics Meet”-2006, at Sri Ramakrishna Degree College, Nandyal and they won the second prize in the ‘Physics Quiz Competition’. This was the result of the interest and continuous instruction of the staff members of the department. As a proof of academic excellence, the department of physics produced the students who brought the college to lime light by getting the university 1st rank successively for 3 years. This achievement of the department and its spirit cascaded down to other colleges in S.K. University area.

It was shot in the arm for the entire gamut of students on our campus, when two of our students Mr. Praveen Kumar, B.Com and Mr. Venkataiah, B.A, were declared president Medal awardees in Scouts and Guides.

The department of Physical Education also has its share in the growing poplularity of the college. The college was represented at all times in most of the sports events. The college won Shuttle Badminton in inter collegiate tournament held at Silver Jubilee Degree College, Kurnool and two of them were even selected for Inter University tournament held at V.I.T. Bangalore. One Mr.Vinay Kumar was selected for Shuttle Badminton at Inter University level held at Annamalai University, Chidambaram. Another boy, Mr. Kishore Ram Narayan Choudary participated in tennis at inter university tournament held at Mysore.

The sincere efforts of the management and more particularly of the Principal came to fruition with the introduction of B.B.M. and Bio-Chemistry courses in 2006. As it was the maiden year with only seventeen students enrolled for BBM, a special session was arranged with Mr. Bramhaiah. Department of MBA, SDGS College Hindupur to expose the students to various Global avenues at hand for management students. As a result and perhaps with the hard efforts of the Principal and Staff, the department has now become a ‘Proverbial mountain from a mole hill’.

Again, at the behest of the Chairman of the college committee, and in the interest of staff and students, a large meeting was organized in the campus on two days with ‘Swamy Bhoomananda Saraswathi of Sri Bhooma Vidya Centre, Mumbai as guest speaker on “Lead India – Vision 2020” and another on “Human values and discipline” the next day. Large number of others in the town also attended this meeting.

To speak of its philosophy of philanthrophy, large number of instances may be brought to record but a few of them find place here. In 1993 Earth Quake in Lathus in Maharastra, the colleges swung into action collecting donations from public and sent Rs.50,000/- to the victims.

In 1996, when there were floods in Andhra Pradesh causing loss of lives and property, the colleges stood in readiness for collecting public funds and sent Rs.50,000/- to Chief Minister Relief’s Fund.

In another such crisis, when Gujarat was a Victim of Earth Quake in 2001, staff and students took to streets for Bitchatana and collected donations from people and sent Rs.1,00,000/- to Gujarat Government.

The N.S.S. Units of the colleges did not remain ornamental, but discharged their services, in true spirit by engaging their students in various programmes of public utility both in urban and rural areas. A massive 2 k.m. road laying project from Gooty road to Gollaladoddi Village was taken up with the Voluntary participation of villagers. It was inaugurated by the then Minister Sri Jayaram. Another such programme was held in Pullaguttapalle village and both these activities are ‘feather in the cap’. The college is not short of N.S.S. activities but has a plethora of services rendered to the society in the hour of need. One such event was the distribution of homeo tablets to the chicken guinea patients when there was a rapid spread of it in the town. N.S.S. students volunteered themselves in pulse polio immunization programme. As a part of State Govt. Flag ship programme ‘Vanam-Manam’ our college has planted 1000 saplings on 07-09-2017 in our college land with the Minister Sri Kaluva Sreenivasulu as a guest. The college has adopted Kasapuram village to make it Free from Open Defecation as a part of ODF activity. The college actively participated in “Janmabhoomi Mauru programme” of the State Govt. Programme. AIDS day, National Youth Day, International Woman’s Day were celebrated on our campus with speakers from among the staff highlighting the importance of these days. Though it is ritual and routine every year, it is intended to put across the message in its true spirit.

The staff and students profusely participated in several blood donation camps organized by various civic bodies and one such programme at Government Hospital in Guntakal was a record-break by the huge turnout of students and staff for blood donation.

When ragging was rampant in the portals of Education Institutions, and innocent students were loosing their lives, it was at the direction of the supreme court, there was legal literacy programme in college and universities with local magistrate taking the responsibility of creating awareness on the stringent punishment for ragging. From our side, the management took special interest in conducting this “Legal literacy programme” on our campus. It was attended by several legal personalities and addressed by Jr. Civil Judge G. Sudarshan on various ways in which ragging is viewed as a serious offence. It was also a special drive against the evil practice of voyeurism. To keep constant vigil and watch on students on the campus we have installed 13 CC cameras in the campus and have also conducted anti ragging meetings to give awareness to the students on such laws.

It, is with all these curricular, Co-curricular and extracurricular programmes designed and done in all these years with conviction and commitment for realizing the goals set for it in its vision, that have brought the colleges to what they are today with 1200 strength in Junior College and 1000 in Degree college with nearly the staff strength of 125; a really memorable achievement that goes into the annals of the history of Aided Colleges in Andhra Pradesh.

Reading is an integral part of studies and more, so it is inextricable from the study curriculum. It takes place in the libraries at leisure hours of students. It was felt that visual media was hijacking the students from print media and reading appeared fast dwindling. At this point of thoughtful time, the department of library Sciences which was also equally concerned about the fall of readership of Newspapers, Magazines, Journals and books of general and academic interest, invited Sri Kamaiah, retired professor of Library and Information Sciences S.K. University, Anantapur. He addressed the students and the staff of the colleges and pointed out the lack of seriousness of the purpose on the part of students. He impressed upon “The Need for a Good Library” and implored the students to cultivate the habit of visiting the library once in a day during their leisure hour. This visit of prof. Kamaiah helped the students in realizing the importance of a library and the need for reading of Books and Newspapers.

Academic excellence with a pursuit of knowledge for better future prospects was top on the agenda of the management. The results of the previous academic years and the overall performance of the students in various fields raised the image of the college in the public and consequently academic enrollment has gone much higher than expectations. In such an environment the colleges were alerted to keep pace with the public opinion in the ensuing years of change and challenge.

Since outsourcing has generated more job opportunities for graduate students due to globalization, and since our students got jobs in various companies in the previous years, it augured well with the management that the college started (Jawahar Knowledge Centre) J.K.C unit for giving training to the students. This J.K.C. Unit of our college with Dr. Rama Krishna Naidu, A. Satya Babu and K. Venkateshwarlu as mentor offered training to fifty seven of our final year students. Fifty one of these attended the campus recruitment drive at Govt. Degree College of men, Anantapur, conducted by Infosys Company. It was almost a state record with twenty five students of our college getting selected to Infosys company.

Being aware of the growing demand for the jobs from its own college and from others, the management could get to its campus, ‘The Standard Chartered Bank’ Ltd of Bangalore for conducting recruitment drive to those in the Final year Degree. Amazingly, Thirteen of our students found place among the Twenty seven candidates selected from out of one hundred and eighty two students attended from across the districts of Anantapur and Kurnool.

In the same year, a few intelligent and interested students having received short term guidance from among the staff, appeared for the recruitment drive held at J.N.T.U Campus Anantapur, conducted by “Satyam Technologies Ltd.” Out of the nine appeared from our college, four students got selected and this was seen as a bolt from blue. In the recent months we invited Blue Ocean Mobile manufacturing company to our college campus for a recruitment drive where 123 Girl students were selected for the company.

Parents being considered important stake holders in streamlining the system of education and the institution we conducted ‘Parent’s Meet’ on 24-12-2017 for which nearly 120 parents were attended. Another of the same kind was organized on 19-08-2018 where more than 160 parents attended some of them shared their views with us. Similarly looking at the way the old students can help their Alma mater, by engaging themselves both in academic and financial matters, an alumni meet was held on 10-02-2018 for which more than 400 former students attended and contributed nearly 9 lakh rupees for the development of the college.

Since the students from surrounding villages come to the college with poor financial background and some of the poor students of the town also being poor we have opened a poor student welfare fund account in the bank and collected the donations from the Philanthropic people for helping such students. In this connection we distributed college uniform to more than 100 poor students last year and 160 students this year.

Women empowerment cell was started in the college and it contributed a lot in trying to remove the gender disparity by conducting seminars on women issues. All women staff in the college were felicitated by the principal on International Women’s Day for their active involvement in carrying out women’s programmes. Women empowerment cell was awarded a cash prize of nearly 28000/- by National Commission for Women, New Delhi with which we would like conduct a National workshop exclusively on women issues.

As the vision of honourable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu is Skill Andhra Pradesh for which AP Skill Development Corporation was established, we have also started Skill Development Centre through which we have already dispatched 50 unemployed youth by giving them training on GST and Tally courses. It is reported that some of them are already employed. In the recent past more than 100 students were motivated to take Wheebox online Test so as to facilitate them to get training on Amazon Web Services in the coming days. For Telugu medium students and for non computer students Google IT course was given for a week. Apart from these we have initiated ESP programme (Employable Skills Programme) to nearly 80 Telugu medium students of our college and offering them spoken English, Computer literacy and General studies in two hours every day for 100 days.

Since Tally became buzzword in the employment market today, nearly 80 students are taking Tally course from the Tally Corporation India, Bangalore for both the knowledge and certificate, the management of the college is so generous that it has extended financial help to such students to the tune of more than 50000/- in the form of Fees.

As internet is imperative for every educational institution, we have laid optic fiber cable from BSNL for 20 Mbps speed with which we are organizing for our students ICT classes and MANA TV programmes. Similarly Library is provided with INFLIBNET and we are trying for Library automation.

Changes and challenges both in the curricular and non-curricular areas were faced with adequate preparedness and the management on its part did everything possible to run the colleges on a par with the premier colleges in the state not only in maintaining academic excellence but also in making the college a happy hunting ground for students.

It is in the light of these activities held in the premises of the college that really drew the attention of the general public students and parents, that the college Management, including the Principal and the staff re-dedicated to the cause of their profession upholding the ethics and principles that has pushed colleges into the list of premier institutions in Andhra Pradesh and this is the motto of which the colleges were started in 1982 and 1984.