Introduction The East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh is considered the rice bowl of the state. The Capital of this district is Kakinada. Kakinada is a well-planned city and one of the smart cities in India. This city is considered to be the best educational hub in Coastal Andhra. There are many Engineering colleges, degree colleges, and PG centres in this city. There is a medical college. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Kakinada is one of the reputed technological universities in this state.
Among the degree colleges and PG colleges, PR Government college is the oldest college in the state. This college is accorded autonomous status and has UGC recognition. The college is affiliated with Aadi Kavi Nannanya University, Rajahmundry. The college is accredited with an A Grade by NAAC. Getting a seat in this college is considered to be a prestige and many stalwarts studied in this college. The college is an ISO-certified institute. The details of the college are presented in this article.
History of the college: Pithapur Rajah's College, Kakinada is one of the old educational institutes in India. This college is popularly known as P.R. College . This institute was established in August 1884. The founder was Sri Rajah Rao Venkata Mahipathi, Gangadhara Rama Rao, Bahadur of Pithapuram. . The institute was a middle school in the beginning and later on became a college and then PG courses were also added.
Infrastructure: The college is having two campuses. On one campus the chemistry and botany laboratories were established. This campus is called the Science campus. The second campus is for Physics and Zoology laboratories. Arts and commerce departments are also situated on this campus only. The administrative wing, main library, NCC centre, and other connected facilities are on this campus. The principal's office is also on this campus only.
Library: The main library is situated in a well-furnished building with all facilities. There are about 68.000 books. The library is having a journal section and a reference section There is a digital library also which is having 15 modems and 70 computer systems. In addition to this, all departments are having their department libraries.
Instrumentation center: The college is having a good, centralized instrumentation center to carry out productive and competent research. There are all required instruments for carrying out research in various science and arts subjects.
Classrooms: The classrooms of this college are spacious. They are all well-furnished and are very well ventilated. LCD and OHP facility is also there in some of the classrooms.
Laboratories: The college is having full-fledged laboratories. The laboratories are designed precisely to suit all the requirements, and all required modern facilities are made available. There are separate research laboratories. They are equipped with all scientific instruments that are necessary for the practical work of the students.
There is a computer lab with more than 250 systems. This is a centralized facility and all students at the college will be given access, department-wise, as per the time slot provided to the departments. Each department is having internet facility and the facility is extended to all the faculty of the college.
Hostels:There are no hostels for the students at this college on campus. But students from reserved categories will be provided hostel facilities in the government social welfare hostels.
In addition to the above, the college is having other facilities like a canteen, sports and physical education centre, the students centre, and an open-air auditorium. There is a placement cell in this college and some of the local industries will conduct campus interviews for their requirement and recruit people from this college.
Courses offered by the college: The college is offering many important combinations of subjects in arts, commerce, and science subjects. There are some Post Graduation courses also offered in this college.
The following are the courses available in this institute-
Post Graduate courses:
Faculty: The college is having well-qualified teaching faculty. There are some doctorates also in the faculty. Some of them are authorized as research guides and they guide students working for their PhDs in the Research Center that is having recognition by the university as an authorized research center.
Research facilities: Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Botany, Zoology, Commerce, Economics, and Physics are recognised as research centres, and students will be working for their PhDs. There are all the required facilities for carrying out their research. These departments are having tie-ups with some of the best industries that are situated in this part of the state, and they have given some projects and the faculty are working on these projects.
Admissions: The admissions in this college will be as per the procedures laid down by the state government from time to time. The admissions to undergraduate courses will be based on the marks obtained by the candidate in the qualifying examination. Admissions to PG courses will be based on the rank obtained in the written test conducted by the nominated university in the state. Reservations are applicable as per the rules and regulations of the state government.
Alumni: The alumni association of this college (P.R. Government College (Autonomous) Old Students' Association) is registered with a Regd. No. 501/2002. The association is very active and participates in the development of the institute.
This association carries out many welfare schemes for the students like midday meals, endowment prizes, the institution of gold medals for topers, etc.
The author of this article is also a member of this association and feels proud to be a student at this college.
Merits and Demerits: Some of the merits and demerits of this college are as mentioned below.
Contact: Address: Pithapur Rajah's Government College (Autonomous), Opp. Mc Laurin High School, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, KAKINADA-533001.
An exhaustive and detailed article on P R Govt college by the author and students would definitely be benefited by this information. In the article it is mentioned that the college is affiliated with Aadi Kavi Nannanya University, Rajamundary.
I wanted to include this information in the college page in ISC format as the name of University is not mentioned there. But I am not sure as it is also mentioned below the college information in ISC format that it is an autonomous college and is not affiliated to any university.
I request the author to check in the college page in ISC format for this college and correct it if there is any mismatch. It is a small thing but would remove that ambiguity.
Thank You, Umesh, for your comments on my article.
The college was originally affiliated with Andhra University. But later on, it was changed to Aadikavi Nannayya University. I will go through the college page and see if any correction is required. But the affiliation mentioned in this article is correct and I got it confirmed with my close associates who are in the administration of the college.
Dr Rao I have submitted the correction in the college page in line with your article. If you have time you can cross check it once it is approved.
Already I too did the correction yesterday afternoon. It is waiting for the approval of the concerned editor. I don't know among us who did it first.