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Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Srikakulam
Founded by Budumuru Navajeevan Kumar↑
Talukas Etcherla
 • Total 82,051
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 532410
Telephone code 08942
Etcherla is a village , Mandal Hq , AssemblyConstituency of A.P.

Etcherla is a village and a Mandal in Srikakulam district with a long coastline in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.[1]

Postgraduate Center of Andhra University and an engineering college are located near Etcherla.


The Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Post Graduate Centre [2] was started in 1977-1978 with a policy of extending higher education facilities in the backward regions. The center was shifted from Srikakulam to the presented campus on 29 September 1986 in the old palace at Etcherla. In the beginning two disciplines viz., Economics and Rural development are instituted at Postgraduate level. Presently there are about 14 different courses offered here. The center is at present catering to the needs of 600 P.G. Students and Research Scholars working for their M.Phil and Ph.D. and is supported by 40 faculty members and 70 non Teaching members. This Postgraduate Center became the largest PG Center in the entire state of Andhra Pradesh.

The PG centre is located in a spacious campus extending 29 acres (120,000 m2) of land. It is at present blessed with an administrative block accommodating special officers chamber, individual teachers rooms and students union room, three blocks to accommodate class rooms, library, reading room and a hostel for boys.

Dr.B.R.Ambedkar University Srikakulam was established in 2008.

Growth as educational hub[edit]

Ercherla is growing as the educational hub of Srikakulam District with many government and private educational institutions like Engineering and other institutions have their colleges here.

Assembly constituency[edit]

Etcherla is an assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh, changed from reserved (Scheduled Castes) to general since 2008. There are 1,45,554 registered voters in this constituency in 1999 elections.

List of Elected Members:[3]

Etcherla Assembly candidates details :
Year Winner Candidate Party Votes Runner Candidate Party Votes Margin (Majority)
2009 Meesala neelakantham naidu INC Nayana suryanarayana reddy TDP 52,987 5,689
  • 1967 - N.A.Naidu.[4]
  • 1972 - Ballada Hariyappadu.[5]
  • 1978 - Kothapalli Narasayya
  • 1983, 1985, 1989, 1994 and 1999 - Kavali Pratibha Bharathi
  • 2004 - Kondru Murali Mohan

Villages and panchayats[edit]

There are 28 village panchayats in Etcherla mandal.[6]

  • A.A.Valas
  • Ajjaram
  • Allinagaram
  • Badevanipeta
  • Bhagiradhi Puram
  • Bontala Koduru
  • Budagatla Palem
  • Chilakapalem
  • D.Matchelesam
  • Dharmavaram
  • Kesavarao Peta
  • Kongaram
  • Kotha Peta
  • Koyyam
  • Kuppili
  • Kusalapuram
  • Muddada
  • Ponnada
  • Pudivalasa
  • S.M.Puram
  • S.S.R.Puram
  • Thamminaidu Peta
  • Thotapalem

Important villages in Etcherla Mandal

  • Oleti Atchenna Agraharam
  • Duppala Valasa