The Visakha Government Degree College for Women, was established in the year 1975 by the ‘Visakha Women’s College Society’. It is no mere coincidence that the college was started in the International Women’s Year 1975 but it was a dream realized by the committed and consolidated efforts of Sri. Singarapu Surya Rao to fulfill the crying need for an educational institution exclusively for women in Visakhapatnam.
Late Sri Surya Rao, the Founder of Visakha Women’s College Society was not only an educationist but also a freedom fighter, philanthropist and a visionary. He mobilized support and co-operation from many a person.
Smt. Rama Kumari Devi, the Rani Saheba of Jeypore gave her summer resort place on the Beach Road, popularly known as HAWA MAHAL for the college on a nominal rent. The college provided education at an affordable cost from Intermediate level to Under Graduate level to the poor and middle class girls.
Eminent educationalists and the philanthropic public who rendered their services to the college include Smt. D. Saraswathi Devi, Justice Smt. JaganMohini, Sri. S. GopalaSastry and Sri.Kancharla Rama Chandra Rao.
It was only through the untiring efforts of the Founder President, Sri. Singarapu Surya Rao, the college was admitted into grant in aid as early as 1978. In the year 1983 the college was bifurcated into Visakha Govt. Degree College for Women and Visakha Junior College for girls. As the HawaMahal became unsuitable, the college was shifted to the present premises, the erstwhile Borstal School campus belonging to Central Prison as it was taken over by the Govt. of A.P vide G.O Rt. No. 2136 Edn Dt. 22-11-1992.
As the only Govt. Women’s College in the district, Visakha Govt. Degree College for Women is catering to the needs of many girl students in their pursuit for higher learning. A large majority of the students come from weaker sections who cannot afford to study in private colleges paying higher fees. As a result, there is a great demand for seats in all the courses.