Acharya Nagarjuna University, a state university was established by Act 43 of 1976 of A.P. State Legislature and Governed by Act 4 of 1991 covering 6 Universities of the State, has been constantly striving towards achieving progress and expansion during its existence for over three decades, in terms of introducing new courses in the University Colleges, affiliated colleges and professional colleges. University has been renamed Acharya Nagarjuna University through the A.P. Universities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2004, promulgated by the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Spread over 300 acres of land on the National High Way (NH-5) between Vijayawada and Guntur of Andhra Pradesh, the University is one of the front ranking and fastest expanding Universities in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The university was inaugurated on 11th September, 1976 by the then President of India, Sri Fakruddin Ali Ahmed and celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2001. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarded B grade to Acharya Nagarjuna University.
It is named after Acharya Nagarjuna – one of the most brilliant preceptors and philosophers, whose depth of thought, clarity of perception and spiritual insight were such that even after centuries, he is a source of inspiration to a vast number of people in many countries. The University is fortunate to be situated on the very soil where he was born and lived, a soil made more sacred by the aspiration for light and a state of wholesomeness by generations of students.
With campus student strength of over 5000, the University offers instruction for higher learning in 50 PG programs and guidance for the award of M. Phil and PhD in 48 disciplines spread over six campus colleges College of Arts, Commerce & Law, College of Science, College of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, College of Engineering & Technology, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and College of Architecture and Planning and an off campus University PG Campus at Ongole. It also offers 153 UG programs in 412 affiliated colleges in the regions of Guntur and Prakasam Districts. It has a Centre for Distance Education offering 87 UG & PG programs. Characterized by its heterogeneous students and faculty hailing from different parts of the state and the country, the University provides most hospitable environment for pursuing Higher Learning and Research. Its aim is to remain connected academically at the forefront of all higher educational institutions.
The University provides an excellent infrastructure and on-Campus facilities such as University Library with over one lakh books & 350 journals; Computer Centre; University Scientific Instrumentation Centre; Central Research Laboratory with Ultra modern Equipment; Well- equipped Departmental Laboratories; Career Guidance and Placement Cell; Health Centre; Sports Facilities with Indoor & Outdoor Stadia and Multipurpose Gym; Sports Hostel; Separate hostels for Boys, Girls, Research Scholars and International Students; Pariksha Bhavan (Examinations Building); Computers to all faculty members; WiFi connectivity to all Departments; Canteen, Student Centre & Fast-food Centre; Faculty Club; Dr. H.H. Deichman & Dr. S.John David Auditorium cum Seminar Hall; Post Office; Telecom Centre; State Bank of India; Andhra Bank; Energy Park; Silver Jubilee Park; Fish ponds; Water harvesting structures.
The salient features of the University are:
• Recognised by University Grants Commission (UGC), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Ministry of HRD, and Government of India.
• It is an autonomous State University.
• Funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Government of Andhra Pradesh
• Accredited by NAAC in 2003 and 2010.
• It is an Affiliating University with over 412 P.G.,U.G and professional colleges.