VISAKHA GOVT. DEGREE COLLEGE for WOMEN

OLD JAIL ROAD, DABAGARDENS VISAKHAPATNAM 530 020, ANDHRA PRADESH

(ISO 90001: 2015, 5001: 2018, 4001: 2015, 45001:2018, 27001:2013 Certified College)

(ACCREDITED BY NAAC “B” GRADE INSTITUTION)

Affiliated to Andhra University

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About Visakha Govt Degree college for women

BRIEF HISTORY OF ESTABLISHMENT

Visakha Government Degree College for Women is located in Visakhapatnam city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Visakha Government Degree College for Women came into existence in the year 1975 with the name Visakha Women’s College Society.It is a mere coincidence that the college was started in the International Women’s year 1975.A college exclusively for women in this city became a reality in the year 1975 due to the constructive, relentless and conscious efforts of Sri.Singavarapu Surya Rao,a freedom fighter and an philanthropist. Understanding the need for an educational institution exclusively for women in one of the major cities of Andhra Pradesh, he left no stone unturned to fulfil the dreams of many girl students to get empowered through quality education.

Smt. Rama Kumari Devi, the Rani Saheba of Jeypore, Orissa was kind enough to give her summerresort palace on the Beach Road, popularly known as “Hawa Mahal” for the college on a nominal rent. Eminent educationalists and the philanthropic public who rendered their services to the college include Smt.D.Saraswathi Devi, Justice Smt.Jagan Mohini, Sri.Kancharla Rama Chandra Rao and Sri Unnava Rama Rao etc.The college provided education at affordable cost from Intermediate level to under graduation in Arts and Commerce to the poor and middle class girls.

In 1975 the college consisted of both Intermediate and Degree students and offered only commerce and Arts courses in English and Telugu media.It was only through the untiring efforts of the founder president,Sri.S.SuryaRao,the college was admitted into grant in aid as early as 1978.

In the year 1983, the composite college bifurcated into Visakha Degree College for Women and Visakha Junior College for Girls and upto 2005 till the constructiono few buildings,the two colleges had to run on shift system. In 2005 with the completion of the building the college is running onregular shift i.e. from 10AM to 5PM.From the year 1992, the college started functioning in the present premises, the erstwhile Borstal School campus belonging to the Central Prison.

DETAILS OF AFFILIATION

The Degree college was taken over by the Government of Andhra Pradesh vide G.O.Rt.No.2136Edn Dt.22-11-1992. The college was admitted into UGC assistance under 2F and 12B in 1999 vide Letter no.F.8-33/97 (CPP-I) dt.22-05-1999.

PROGRESS OF THE INSTITUTE SINCE ESTABLISHMENT

In 1975 the year of establishment, the college consisted of both Intermediate and Degree students and offered only commerce and Arts courses in English and Telugu media. In the year 1983, the composite college bifurcated into Visakha Degree College for Women and Visakha Junior College for Girls. Science courses were introduced in 1988-99. The applied sciences courses like B.Sc. Microbiology and B.Sc. Biotechnology (vocational) were introduced in the year 1998-99 keeping in view of the needs of changing employment market. The science laboratory complex with 9 laboratories was constructed during 2001-03 with the funds from the government Budget, MPALDS, UGC grant and donations from Visakha Port trust.

To further the cause of women’s education, the institution started PG courses such as M.Sc. Microbiology and M.A. Social Work in the year 2002-03. PG courses in M.A. English and M.A. Psychology were introduced from 2012-13. 3 UG courses i.e., B.A. H.E.P., B.Sc. M.P.C. and B.Sc. BZC and 4 P.G. courses M.A. Economics, M.A. Telugu, M.Com. Commerce and M.Sc. Mathematics are the latest additions to the institution’s curriculum.

Today the college is located in the heart of the city amidst heavy business establishment but the serenity inside the campus is incomparable. Efforts have been made for the replacement of the sheds with RCC structures as per the Master plan and a major part of it has been translated into reality by generating funds from MPLADS, Municipal corporation, the District Administration, the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the UGC and also philanthropic public.

The college has always been forefront in adapting new technologies for a more effective teaching learning experience . The college has been regularly taking measures to upgrade infrastructural facilities to meet the requirements of its increasing strength.

The campus today consists of an administrative block, separate laboratory block and classroom complex with 5 Digital & 3 Virtual classrooms, playground, open air stage, parking area, botanical gardens etc.