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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 four 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.”

 

The Academy

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 barrage, 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 Vij ayawada 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.

 

1. Parvathaneni Brahmayya Siddhartha College ofArts & Science, Vijayawada (1975).

2. Parvathaneni Brahmayya Siddhartha Junior College ofArts & Science, Vijayawada (1975).

3. Veeramachaneni Paddayya Siddhartha Public School, Vijayawada (1977).

4. V.R. Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada (1977).

5- Siddhartha Medical College, Vij ayawada (1981)*

6. S .D.M. Siddhartha Mahila Junior Kalasala, Vijayawada (1982).

7. S.D.M. Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala, Vijayawada (1983).

8- Y.V. Rao Siddhartha College of Education, Vijayawada (1984).

9. S .V.D. Siddhartha Law College, Vijayawada (1987).

10. Post Graduate Centre of Parvathaneni Brahmayya Siddhartha College of Arts & Science (1986)

1 1. K.C.P. SiddharthaAdarsh Residential Public School, Vijayawada (1991)

12. K.V.S .R. Siddhartha College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vijayawada (1994)

13. P.V.P. Siddhartha Institute of Technology, Vijayawada (1998)

14. Siddhartha Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Vijayawada (2002)

15. Dr. Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Foundation, Vijayawada (2002)

16. Dr C.Sobhanadri  Siddhartha School of Nursing (2003)

17. Drs. Sudha&NageswaraRao Siddhartha Institute of Dental Sciences (2005)

18. AG. & S.G. Siddhartha Degree College, Vuyyuru

19. AG. & S.G. Siddhartha Junior College, Vuyyuru

*(Handed over to Government of AP on its request)

 

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.

 

The College

Siddhartha College, later renamed as, Parvathaneni Brahmayya Siddhartha College of Arts & Science, is the first institution to have been started by the Academy in 1975, with 200 students and 15 faculty members. The UGC and Acharya Nagarjuna University, the Parent University in the jurisdiction of which the college operates granted 'autonomy' to undergraduate courses in the year 1988. From the modest beginning, the college has emerged as one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the State, with a present strength of 2,798 students and 114 faculty members. UGC has recognized our college with potential abilities to attain high standards in teaching, research and extension activities leading to excellence. This facilitates the college to design, develop and deliver the chosen academic programmes. Students trained in this college will be outstanding in their abilities – curricular, extracurricular activities and ethical values. The holistic education imparted in this institution enhances the academic abilities along with character, making every student perfect. In its long journey of more than fourty years, a number of restructured, vocational and post-graduate courses were started and thousands of students graduated

in Arts, science, commerce and management. It is always believed-knowing oneself is the greatest skill in the path of perfection. Excellence does not mean perfection. It is only a cause in the perfection. Following this tenet, it is thought that introspection is a necessity and hence the college went for the re-accreditation by the NAAC, since the journey for perfection should go on farther and forever.

Ours is the first college in the jurisdiction of Acharya Nagarjuna University to get accreditation at 'A' level by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore. The college has been shifted to The Jurisdiction of Krishna University, Machilipatnam in the academic year 2009-‘10. University Grants Commission has conferred the status on our college “College with Potential for Excellence”. Recently the NAAC reaccredited our college at the level 'A' with 3.23 on 4 point scale. The college believes in the axiom 'Enter to learn, leave to serve' and live as 'Siddharthian‘. Our college is the centre of soft skills, study skills, memory skills, career clues and media matters.

The Post Graduate centre of the college has a total student strength of 708 and faculty strength of 32. The students of the PG. courses have the additional facilities of special instruction in language skills as well as soft skills leading to their better performance not only at the Universities' examinations but also at the interviews conducted for various academic and administrative

positions. The M.B.A., & M.C.A. are the outstanding departments helping students to achieve coveted ranks at the University examinations and also excellent placement opportunities in their lives. The courses have a special research cell recognized by the University where a number of teachers of our institution as well as other institutions pursue research leading to M.Phil. and

Ph.D. Degrees. Our faculty members are guiding research scholars leading to award of M.Phil. and Ph.D.

The faculty members of P.G. Centre are well qualified to take up quality education in continuous process for the welfare of the students. P.G. Centre is well equipped with physical infi'astructure, updated library, and quality of teaching learning process. The students are trained to meet the needs of the competitive world through various programmes such as life skills, soft skills, special

workshops, personality development programmes, seminars etc. All these aspects are of paramount

importance in providing the quality of education offered by our institution.

 

College Distinctions at A Glance

 

- The First Autonomous College in the jurisdiction of AcharyaNagarjuna University in 1988.

- First college accredited at the level 'A' by NAAC, Bangalore in the jurisdiction of Acharya Nagarjuna University in 2004.

- Recognized as “College with Potential for Excellence (CPE)-Phase-]I” by UGC, New Delhi.

- Reaccridited at the level ’A' by the NAAC in second cycle.

- Recognized as “Centre of Excellence” by Government ofAndhra Pradesh.

- College afl'iliation was shifted to Krishna University, Machilipatnam in the academic year 2009.

- Krishna University accredited “Research Centre” status to the departments of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Commerce and Business Administration of our college.

 

Our Vision

'Holistic education ’

We impart education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is

expanded and by which one can stand on one's own feet.

Our Mission

Our mission is to teach, to serve, and to engage in scholarship. We teach our students to be critical thinkers and lifelong learners. We prepare professionals who improve student learning, promote diversity, make informed decisions, engage in collaborative endeavors, maintain professional and ethical standards, and become change agents in their workplaces. We engage in scholarly work that informs the profession and we serve the educational community by providing applied scholarship.

 

Our Goals

In fulfillment of its mission the college seeks:

- To respond to the educational needs of the region by starting the relevant graduate, Post-graduate and Certificate programmes in arts, science and commerce.

- To transmit and share knowledge by effective teaching, focusing on learning as well.

- To develop critical abilities among the students in the process of learning.

- To promote high levels of diverse achievements of the students by providing appropriate co-curricular and extra-curricular support.

- To prepare the students to lead productive, responsible and creative lives by applying the acquired knowledge, for the benefit of the society as a whole.

- To serve the neighbourhood society.

- The mission and the goals of the college guide the framing of curriculum and the syllabi and the delivery of academic pro grammes.

 

Our Monogram

 

The Monogram adopted by the Siddhartha institutions represents Buddha's 'Vyakhamudra' with half opened lotus signifying preaching of wisdom and enlightenment of Mind and Soul through learning and truth. The college Motto, “Atma Deepo Bhava” aptly signifies the same.

 

Our Motto

 

Atma Deepo Bhava (Be a light onto yourself)

 

It was Buddha‘s last day in this mortal world. Ananda was his cousin and also the closest disciple. He was crying and weeping. Ananda was not yet Enlightened. He was saying Buddha, "You are a spiritual Guru and a beacon to me and all us on this journey of enlightenment. Now you are leaving us all. What will happen to us? What will happen to me? Who will show us the right way and right path? Who will take me and guide me on this spiritual journey? The whole world and life

was an utter darkness to us and you came in our life as our light and delight. Who will show us this light now?" Buddha just opened his eyes and said, "Appo Deepo Bhava". He said, "Just be a light unto yourself. Nobody can give this light to you". All Buddha's have just pointed towards this light. We all have to move towards this divine light that i hidden in each one of us.

OurSpirit

Dhammam Saranam Gachhami.

Dhamma, is the ultimate truth or ultimate reality. Dhamma is impersonal; we don't in any way try to

personify it to make it any kind of personal deity. When we chant in Pali the verse on Dhamma, we say it is 'sanditthiko akaliko ehipassiko opanayiko paccattam veditabbo vinnuhi‘. As Dhamma has no personal attributes, we can't even say it is good or bad or anything that has any superlative or comparative quality; it is beyond the dualistic conceptions of mind.

Our Watch word

Incessu (Latin) =Progression or gait

Transits constantly exert a pressure upon our permanent and essential identity, symbolized by our

birth-chart. The pressures may cause pleasure, happiness, exaltation - or pain, misery, and depression. Some may strengthen basic factors in our nature; others may tend to disintegrate our personality. But, they are that which every day and year after year challenges us. What is it in us which will accept these challenges and make of them opportunities for becoming more and more that which we potentially are? This is our "intelligence." This conversion of challenges into opportunities is progression.

Our Mascot

The red panda; Other names: lesser panda, red bear cat and red cat-bear

(Scientific name: Ailurusfidgens),

It is a small arboreal mammal native to the eastern Himalayas that has been classified as vulnerable by IUCN. Red panda teaches us that - even if we are happiest on our own, or wish for space to ourselves - sometimes we must take a little time to see to the needs of others, if only to make sure that we can get adequate rest. By helping the community, friends, family, or even strangers; you better care for yourself.

Our Colors

Safion, Yellow, Green

Saffron: Saffron denotes courage and selflessness. It signifies renunciation and the absolution of the ego. It is meant to remind us to conduct ourselves to work without seeking material gains, but rather for the good of the society.

Yellow: It's the colour of happiness, and optimism, of  enlightenment and creativity, sunshine and spring.

Green: The green represents faith, fertility and prosperity. It is considered to be a festive and stabilizing color that represents life and happiness. It demonstrates the value placed on the earth as the ground upon which all life is dependent. It reminds us to preserve nature.

AUTONOMY

In accordance with the New Education Policy 1986, UGC granted autonomy to the college in the year 1988 and the college has been working in that pattern since the academic year 1988-' 89. While the college remains affiliated to Krishna University for conferment of degrees, it exercises autonomy in framing courses of study, admission of students, methods of instruction, testing and evaluation. Students passing the examinations conducted by the college are awarded degrees by Krishna University.

CAMPUS

The college has well furnished class rooms, well equipped laboratories, full-fledged Botany & Zoology museums, an excellent library and reading room, English Language laboratory, a very big Indoor Stadium, multi-gym, e-class room, seminar hall, and a play field. It has a good tradition of academic discipline and, above all, the full coordination of philanthropic group of members of the Management. Enjoying full academic autonomy since 1988, it has experienced and competent faculty. The academic programmes are continually updated. Keeping its tradition of up graduation of programmes according to the changing needs, the college introduced 'Choice Based Credit System' from the academic year 2005-06 and also a good number of Foundation Courses and Interdisciplinary courses.