The University is an offshoot of the erstwhile Postgraduate Centre of Sri Venkateswara University started in 1968. Subsequently in 1976, the S. V. U. Postgraduate Centre attained autonomous status. The University was established in 1981. Its Vice-Chancellor for the first two terms was M. Abel (1981-87). In 1987, with a capital outlay of Rs. 1.2 crores, Sri Krishnadevaraya Institute of Management was started with funding from the UGC. In 1988, the University which was originally a unitary, residential institution, became a full-fledged affiliating University. Yet another landmark in the history of the University is that the Postgraduate Centre at Kurnool under the jurisdiction of Sri Venkateswara University was made over to Sri Krishnadevaraya University in 1993. Thus the University has an academic history of 33 years. Sri Krishnadevaraya University College of Engineering & Technology was started in 2006 with self-finance.
Situated in rural environs in an extensive campus of over 500 acres (2.0 km2) of land, the University has ample scope for development. It includes a University Science Instrumentation Centre, a Computer Centre, a Health Centre, a Gymnasium, an Outdoor Stadium, an Auditorium and adequate space to accommodate departments of studies, laboratories, hostels, and housing for the staff.
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Sri Krishnadevaraya University College of Engineering And Technology
Sri Krishnadevaraya University College of Engineering And Technology was founded in 2006 to mark the silver jubilee celebrations of Sri Krishnadevaraya University. It was established to cater to the needs of the technical education of the young generation of the region. It started with 4 engineering branches Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering and Biotechnology. Electrical and Electronics Engineering was added from the academic year 2009-10.