Staff Reporter

Several development programmes taken up to mark the celebrations

ANANTAPUR: The diamond jubilee celebrations of JNTU College of Engineering here would be held on March 31 on the college campus, principal of the college K. Soundararajan stated here on Wednesday.

The college established in 1946 has come a long way in giving a large number of engineering experts to the country and the State, he said.

About 50 seminars and different academic programmes were held by the college during the current academic year as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations. On the ongoing development works on the campus, the principal explained that a modern library was under construction with an estimated cost of Rs. 6 crores and it would have about 7 to 8 lakh books.

Auditorium

Similarly, an auditorium was also under construction. Staff quarters, buildings for canteen, bank and post office were also constructed recently.

There are seven hostels on the campus -- three for boys, two for girls and one for postgraduate students. The college was offering B.Tech in six streams and post graduation courses in 14 streams including MCA.

College history

Explaining the circumstances leading to the establishment of the college, Mr. Soundararajan stated that there was only one engineering college in the combined Madras State till 1946.

As part of infrastructure and technical education development vital for country's progress the Government had three more engineering colleges in the combined State at Coimbatore, Kakinada and Anantapur.

The first batch students had studied at Guindy college near Chennai for first two years as there was no place and were no buildings to run the college here.

After the 1948 summer vacation, the college was shifted into the vacated place and buildings, used by an army battalion during the Second World War here.

Buildings were constructed for the college in 1958. The college was affiliated to Madras University till 1956, when Sri Venkateshwara University was set up at Tirupati.

First in country

Its affiliation shifted to JNTU, the first technological university to be set up in the country, in 1972.

The university had granted autonomous status to the college in 2001. Five faculty members of the collage rose to become Vice-Chancellors of the JNTU so far including the present Vice-Chancellor K. Rajagopal.

Besides, it had also given several able administrators to the university in different capacities.

About 200 alumni of the college were also expected to participate in the celebrations.