Andhra Loyola College is a Jesuit College in Vijayawada,
the second biggest city in Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Loyola College (Autonomous), Vijayawada, is a Catholic Christian Higher Educational Institution founded and being administered by the Society of Jesus, whose members are popularly known as the Jesuits all over the world.

Madras Presidency of the British India consisted of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam speaking areas. However, over the years the Telugu people felt the need to have their neglected interests met in their own land-Andhra - and got Andhra University established in 1926 with Sir Cattamanchi Ramalinga Reddy (Sir C R Reddy) as the founding Vice Chancellor. Subsequently, the Telugu people started agitating for a separate State called Andhra for themselves during the British era itself to preserve their own identity and have their needs adequately met. The genesis of the College dates back to this time.

Towards the end of October 1943 Sir C R Reddy, felicitating Bishop Ignatius Mummadi after his Episcopal Consecration as the new and second Catholic Bishop of Guntur, suggested to him to strive for the establishment of a Jesuit College in the centrally located Vijayawada area, like Loyola College, Madras (Chennai), as if to make amends for his decision to shift the establishment of Andhra University from the originally intended location of Vijayawada area to Visakhapatnam (as a single piece of required vast area of land for a University could not be acquired in the fertile Vijayawada area within the stipulated time).

Sir C R Reddy made this suggestion to Bishop Ignatius because until then the Telugu Students had been going to the Jesuit Colleges in the Tamil speaking area of the Madras State for quality education.

Ever since Bishop Mummadi pursued his relentless efforts for almost ten long years, along with the other Catholic Bishops of Andhra, in general, and Bishops Domenico Grassi and his successor Ambrose De Battista of Vijayawada, in particular, for a Jesuit College in Vijayawada area.

Bishop Ignatius Mummadi since then started his relentless ef- forts for the same writing to the Jesuit Vice Provincial Superior in Madurai, but to no avail. Hence, he made it a point to meet the very Rev Fr John Baptist Janssens, SJ, the then Superior General of the Society of Jesus in Rome during his “Ad Limina” visit in 1948. The Bishop introduced him self as a descendent of the Jesuit Carnatic Mission and pleaded with the Jesuit Superior General convincingly for starting a Jesuit College in Vijayawada area of the then Madras State in Independent India. Hence, the Jesuit General mandated the Jesuit Vice Provincial Superior of Madurai to oblige the sincere request of the Bishop in course of time, but at the earliest possible.

Accordingly, Rev Fr K Devaiah, SJ, a Telugu Jesuit from Guntur area, who was working as the Headmaster of St Mary’s High School, Dindigul, Tamilnadu, was tasked in April 1952 to select a suitable site for a Jesuit College in Vijayawada area. Fr. Devaiah reached Guntur on 1st August 1952 and met Bishop Ignatius. Both of them and many local leaders applied themselves to the task of selecting a suitable area and acquiring sufficient land for the needs of a Jesuit College.

There were many requests and delegations from the people of Bapatla,Vetapalam, Nambur, Muktyala, Gannavaram, Vijayawada etc., to start the College in their respective places offering the required land and money.

After considering various proposals for the College site, Rev Fr Humbert Pinto, SJ, the then Jesuit Vice Provincial of Tamil Nadu, favored setting up the College in Vijayawada and communicated the same to Fr. Devaiah on 2nd January 1953. Accordingly, the process for acquiring 100 acres of land in Vijayawada began immediately with the help of local leaders, who formed themselves into the Vijayawada Loyola College Sahaya Sangham.

The Loyola College Society, Guntur Vijayawada, was registered in Guntur on 30th June 1953 and the purchased 100 acres of land was registered in its name in course of time.

Sri C M Trivedi, the First Governor of Andhra State, which was newly formed on 1st October 1953, as the first ever linguistic state in independent India, after the supreme self-sacrifice of Amarajeevi Potti Sriramulu, laid the Foundation stone for the College on 9th December 1953 at 5.00 pm in the presence of Archbishops Mark Gopu of Hyderabad, Thomas Pothacamury of Bangalore, Bishop lgnatius of Guntur, Bishop Ambrose De Battista of Vijayawada, the Office Bearers and Members of Vijayawada Loyola College Society, and over 6000 enthusiastic well wishers and people in a festive atmosphere.

At the request of the local leaders, who had been working shoul- der to shoulder with the Jesuit pioneers for the realization of this Jesuit College Rev Fr Douglas Gordon, SJ, the new Jesuit Provincial Superior, (and the second Principal of the College) had agreed to name the College as Andhra Loyola College, in the jubilant context of creation of a separate Andhra State for the Telugu people of Coastal and Rayalaseema Regions.

Thus, Andhra Loyola College was literally the long cherished dream of so many Telugu people coming true.

The building work began in January 1954 under the supervision of the Italian Missionary Architect Brother Giani David, PIME. The first Academic session of the College began on 22nd July 1954, after two postponements due to heavy monsoon rains, with 394 in Intermediate students two Maths - Physics - Chemistry sections and 154 in two History groups - with 24 Teaching Staff Members including four Jesuits Fathers.

The College was admitted to Grant- in- Aid on 18.11.1955. (Gleaned from the first issue of the College Magazine published in March 1956).

It was first affiliated to Andhra University till December 1976 and to Acharya Nagarjuna University till 2010. Thereafter it is affiliated to Krishna University.

It was granted the Autonomous status for the UG Programmes on 24-10-1987 in recognition of its excellent contribution to the cause of education and began functioning as an Autonomous College from the Academic Year 1988 - 1989.

The College owes a great debt of gratitude to His Holiness Pope Pius XIII, whose donation of Rs.4,00,000/- made the construction of the College possible in a big way (Page No. 56 of ALC Maga- zine 1959), its numerous local Benefactors, who formed then selves as the Vijayawada Loyola College Sahaya Sangham with Sri Gogeneni Venkata Subbaiah Naidu (whose surname the first hostel bears) as President, and Sri Katragada Raghuramaiah as Secretary and Treasurer;( these local Benefactors contributed for purchasing the required 100 acres of land at an average cost of Rs. 5,000/- per acre - Page No.33 of ALC Magazine 1956), Well-wishers, Staff and Alumni/ae, who have been sparing no effort to further its cause.

Our Vision

To impart Higher Education with integral formation involving academic excellence, social commitment and value based leadership.

Our Mission

It is to form its students as “men and women for others” and mould them as global citizens with Competence, Conscience and Compassionate Commitment, with preferential option for the marginalized students.


  • to promote an integrated formation in and through academic, co-curricular and spiritual programmes
  • to make the learners do their very best and to always strive for personal excellence in all aspects of life: intellectual, emotional, moral and physical, culminating in their holistic formation, and
  • to conduct value-based programmes that enhance social commitment among faculty and students.


  • Creating an ambience for imparting Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm - the way of learning and teaching that enables every student to assimilate and understand experiences, reflect on them, evaluate them and again learn from the experiences
  • Imparting knowledge and developing the skills that nurture a deep sense of right and Ignatian values among the students
  • Helping the students to foster healthy relationships to understand diverse forms of faith and culture and celebrating them to promote communal harmony
  • Inculcating in the students a sense of inner freedom, to enhance their competencies leading to innovations in new ways of understanding social problems and solving them in creative ways

The college has been administered by renowned Jesuit educationists like Fr TA Mathias, Fr D Gordon, Fr J Kuriakose, and Fr G Francis. The following Jesuit fathers are at the helm now:

Rev Fr Dr P R John, S.J. -- Rector

Rev Fr Dr M Sagaya Raj, S.J. -- Correspondent

Rev. Fr. Dr.G.A.P Kishore, S.J. -- Principal

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