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 by the visakha Women’s College Society. It is a mere coincidence that the college was started in the International Women’s year 1975 and it was due to the constructive and conscious efforts of Sri.Singavarapu Surya Rao freedom fighter, philanthropist to fulfill the crying need for an educational institution exclusively for women in Visakhapatnam. As president of Visakha Women’s College Society, late Sri. Singavarapu Surya Rao had struggled hard for promoting the cause of women’s education and making the public realize its importance.
Smt. Rama Kumari Devi, the Rani Saheba of Jeypore, Orissa was kind enough to give her summer resort 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.
It was only through the untiring efforts of the founder president, Sri.S.Surya Rao, the college was admitted into grant in aid as early as 1978.
In 1975 the college consisted of both Intermediate and Degree students and offered only commerce and Arts courses in English and Telugu media. The college was admitted into grant in aid in 1978. In the year 1983, the composite college bifurcated into Visakha Degree College for Women and Visakha Junior College for Girls and up to 2005 till the construction of new buildings the two colleges had to run on shift system. In 2005 with the completion of the building the college is running on regular shift i.e. form 10 AM to 5. PM.
In 1992 the college started functioning in the present premises, the erstwhile Borstal School campus belonging to the Central Prison. 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.
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.
Every effort was made and no stone was left unturned to develop and better equip the college. 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.