Andhra Loyola College
|Andhra Loyola College|
Andhra Loyola College Entrance Bridge
Service of God through Service of Country
|Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
|Principal||Fr. G. A. P. Kishore SJ|
Andhra Loyola College was established in 1954 and is managed by the Loyola College Society, Vijayawada. The Jesuits, who manage the institution, are members of an international religious order of Catholic Priests and Brothers known as "The Society of Jesus", founded by the Soldier turned Saint, Ignatius of Loyola, with the aim of serving God and humanity. The Society of Jesus, otherwise known as ‘ the Jesuit Order', carries out its mission chiefly through its educational institutions. Andhra Loyola Engineering College was inaugurated in the year 2008 by late Dr YSR Reddy, who was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh at the time.
After Independence, the demand for higher education greatly increased, and many young men of Vijayawada and the surrounding towns and villages set out for Tamil Nadu in search of quality education. Grieved by their plight, the Catholic Bishops of Andhra Pradesh, in particular, Bishop Ignatius Mummadi of Guntur Diocese, requested the Jesuits, members of the Society of Jesus, who had already made outstanding contributions to education in India, to establish a college in Vijayawada. In response, a committed band of Jesuits, headed by Fr Karnam Deviah, SJ, came to Vijayawada from the then Madurai Jesuit Province in Tamil Nadu. Thanks to the generous financial support of local philanthropists, Andhra Loyola College was established on a 110-acre land in the year 1953 (classes commenced on July 22, 1954) with Rev Fr Theo Mathias, SJ, (who later became a professor at Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur) as its first Principal. The college was affiliated to Andhra University till December 1976 and to Nagarjuna University thereafter. It is now affiliated to Krishna University.
Andhra Loyola College is managed and administered by the members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a Catholic religious order, which has rendered signal service in the fields of education and service to humanity for over 450 years. The college was founded in December 1953 at the request of the Catholic bishops of Andhra Pradesh and began its academic sessions in July 1954. The college offers Intermediate (+2), Degree, and Postgraduate courses as well as conducts research programmes in collaboration with several reputable universities.
In 1988, the college was accorded the status of Autonomy for the Degree-level programmes by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in recognition of its excellent contribution to the cause of higher education. The degrees for both UG and PG programmes are awarded by Krishna University to which the college is affiliated.
In 2004, the college won the prestigious ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ (CPE) status from the UGC.
In September 2008, the college was re-accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, with Grade A (CGPA 3.65 out of 4.00).
In its 58-year-long history of operating socially relevant academic programmes in an environment at once disciplined and eco-friendly, given its vast and verdant campus, the college has remained steadfastly committed to its mission of producing men and women of both academic excellence and human excellence. That a large number of the alumni of the college have distinguished themselves by their signal contribution to their own professions as well as society (details under ‘Alumni’) does indeed vouch for the excellence the college has achieved.
As an Autonomous College, Andhra Loyola College has adopted the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) for the degree courses. Instructional methods include conventional lectures, IT-based sessions, classroom interactions, guest lectures, seminars, symposia, and field study. The College has adopted the semester system. It is affiliated college to Krishna University, admissions take place on the basis of the ranks obtained in KRU-CET for M.Sc.Courses and the ranks obtained in I-CET for MBA & MCA Courses.
The College has 16 research guides from Telugu, Hindi, English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, History, Botany and Political Science Departments who are recognized as Research Supervisors by Acharya Nagarjuna University and various other universities such as JNTU. Research scholars may enrol through the respective universities and pursue their research in the college.
- Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Ex-Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
- Ramalinga Raju, Ex-Chairman, Satyam Computer Services Limited, presently Mahendra Group
- T.R. Prasad, Former Cabinet Secretary, Govt of India, Member 12th Finance Commission.
- Jayaprakash Narayan (Lok Satta), President Of Lok Satta Party and Ex.IAS officer.
The college is situated on a 96-acre campus. There are two main blocks, namely, North Block and South Block, each with 60,000 sq. ft. of floor space. The undergraduate classrooms and all the science laboratories are located in these blocks. There is a separate Intermediate Block and separate Postgraduate Block with a floor space of 10,000 sq. ft. A separate building for the Computer Centre with a floor space of 5,000 sq. ft. is provided. A New Building has been added to the existing premises.
Loyola is having worlds 6th largest digital library and it has Computer Centre (FIT Lab) is well equipped with state-of-the-art computers. It is located in a spacious building of 5,000 sq. ft. floor space. There are around 120 systems connected through LAN, and 25 licensed software packages are available. The Computer Centre is open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. So sufficient hands-on computer-hours are provided to the students.And it has thousands of books, journal,etc. in the Library.
- "Origin & History". Andhra Loyola College.
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