Andhra Loyola College
|Andhra Loyola College|
Andhra Loyola College Entrance Bridge
Service of God through Service of Country
|Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
|Established||9 December 1953|
|Principal||Fr. G.A.P. Kishore SJ|
Andhra Loyola College was established on 9 December 1953 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), an international religious order of Catholic priests and brothers founded by Ignatius of Loyola, who run over 200 colleges and universities worldwide. By 2008 the College had faclties in Science, Arts, and Commerce offering 17 undergrad and 8 postgraduate programs.
As an Autonomous College, Andhra Loyola College has adopted the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) for degree courses, and the semester system. Instructional methods include lectures and classroom instruction, IT-based sessions, guest lectures, seminars, symposia, and field study. Loyola College is affiliated with Krishna University. The competitive admissions policy uses the KRU-CET for M.Sc. courses and I-CET for MBA & MCA courses.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council in its 2008 review and report on the College mentioned its institutional strengths as
- autonomous status, identified as potential Centre for Excellence by UGC;
- dedicated management, committed faculty and active and disciplined students;
- good infrastructure for teaching, research, extra-curricular and extension activities;
- placement training facility through government-sponsored JKC.
The chief weakness noted was
- limited research activity in many departments.
This latter has since been addressed. The college now 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 other universities such as JNTU. Research scholars may enrol through the respective universities and pursue their research at Loyola College.
The college is situated on 98 acres of land. There are 52 classrooms and 22 labs. Facilities include a language lab, visual communication studio, 2 libraries, 302 computers with LAN connectivity, ICT lab, E-learning centre, seminar halls, guest rooms, 4 boys hostels, an auditorium with capacity for 2500, and Fine Arts Centre Kaladarshini. Loyola Computer Centre (FIT Lab) has about 120 systems connected through LAN, and 25 licensed software packages available. Sports facilities include two concrete basketball courts, three indoor shuttle badminton courts, and separate football stadium, multi-gym, cricket field, and tennis courts.
The college has two main blocks – North Block and South Block – each with 60,000 sq. ft. of floor space. The undergraduate classrooms and all science laboratories are located in these blocks. There is a separate Intermediate Block and separate Postgraduate Block, and Computer Centre building. Andhra Loyola Engineering College was inaugurated at Loyola in 2008 with the late Dr. YSR Reddy, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, in attendance.
The 2 libraries contain 83,000 volumes and subscriptions to 110 Indian journals and 12 foreign journals; also 20 computers with internet facility and 3 for library work. Interlibrary loan facilities through DELNET and American Library (New Delhi) are also available.
- 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.
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