Though Vijayawada grew as one of the major cities in Andhra Pradesh with accelerated trade, commerce, industry and political enlightenment, there were very few educational institutions of repute three decades ago. Hence the idea of establishing a premier educational complex had been incubating in the minds of the philanthropic elite of Vijayawada for a long time which materialized into concrete reality in 1975 through the synergy of 250 educated and visionary people drawn from different noble professions to establish the “Academy of General and Technical Education".
In the year 1975, away from the ceaseless bustle of the trading yards, the crisscross of trains through this junction to every part of the country and the majestic gush of the Krishna waters through the spillways of the Prakasam barriage, some best minds were in unison for a noble cause in Vijayawada. Each of them represented a zenith of achievement in the galaxy, as diverse as, medicine, engineering, accounting, jurisprudence, industry and business. They were all the sons of the soil. Each of them experienced the travails and hardships of traveling great distances and strange lands in pursuit of his education. With their native intelligence and commitment proved the emergent property, in the physical realm and the educational realm. They not only interacted but also integrated to provide new dimensions to the cause, phenomenal increase in the number of institutions, while looking for holistic education. They were in conclave to make beginning for providing the educational awareness to meet the needs of the region. Vijayawada, devoid of a single post-graduate or professional institution at that time, became the hub of educational needs of the state, Andhra Pradesh. It is but for the Academy, the transformation of Vijayawada from intellectual Sahara to a vibrant education centre like Nalanda. That was the background of birth of the ‘Academy of General and Technical Education’, which was rechristened later as ‘Siddhartha Academy of General and Technical Education’, The Academy all these years striving hard to outreach the young to get their education that not only make them qualified for the job, but also equip themselves to struggle for life, bring out a strength of character, a spirit of philosophy and the courage of a lion- i.e. wholesome development of a man. They believe the education is the one by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded and by which one can stand on one’s feet, which is the spirit of Swamy Vivekananda. Man making, life building and character assimilation ideas are imparted in all the institutions under their surveillance. Since its inception it has been making heroic attempts to promote quality educational institutions with excellent infrastructure to serve the cause of education as a veritable university. The Academy employs 1,200 dedicated teachers in various faculty positions and has a massive enrollment of 21050 students in the institutions sponsored by it.
The Academy in fulfillment of its mission started the following institutions in Vijayawada.
Institutions offering courses in Arts, Science and Commerce at Intermediate, Degree and Post Graduate levels.
Besides the educational institutions, the Academy has a few more feathers in its cap. The Academy founded ‘Siddhartha Kala Peetham’ in 1989 for the promotion of Indian arts and culture. Further ‘Siddhartha Foundation’, a charitable society with a corpus fund of Rs. 10 million, was also sponsored by the Academy to grant scholarships to the needy and deserving students irrespective of caste, creed, colour, race or religion.