Acharya Nagarjuna University has completed three decades of its existence. It was inaugurated on 11th September, 1976 by the former President of India, Sri Fakruddin Ali Ahmed. There have been many problems, difficulties and teething problems in its onward march. In the course of the last 30 years, the University has successfully overcome most of the initial problems and is moving forward with determination, enthusiasm and hope. From the corridors of a local polytechnic college in Nallapadu to the imposing buildings in Nagarjuna nagar, the road was very long. Sacrifice, service and commitment marked the growth of Acharya Nagarjuna University.
Acharya Nagarjuna University, an affiliating University established in 1976, started with only 10 post-graduate courses in the University College. Since then, it has achieved tremendous progress through quantitative expansion and qualitative improvements on various academic fronts. This has been possible by the efforts of its dedicated faculty, an efficient team of supporting staff and high quality student input. The Acharya Nagarjuna University at present offers post-graduate education in 47 courses (39 on the University campus, 4 at University PG Campus at Nuzvid and 5 at University PG Campus at Ongole) besides Post-graduate courses in affiliated colleges.
University has got over 450 affiliated colleges in Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam Districts. Details of the colleges
Acharya Nagajuna University since then has grown into a large University with 39 Academic Departments, including several self-financed courses, which started operating since 1992. Its jurisdiction was extended to three districts now having over 450 affiliated colleges offering Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate, Engineering, Education, Law, Pharmacy and Oriental Languages courses. Now it has 39 Post-graduate teaching-cum-research courses on the campus, while 71 affiliated colleges offered P.G. courses. The University runs two P.G. centers-one at Ongole (a fully self-financed center) and another at Nuzvid (aided).
The University has been continuously achieving progress during these 30 years, in terms of introducing new subjects in the University College. For instance, two new P.G. courses, in Hindi, and Tourism & Travel management were introduced last year. New courses were started from the academic year: B.P. Ed. and M.P. Ed in the department of Physical Education, while M.B.A. in Health Administration, M. Ed in the department of Education and M.Sc. in Medical Technology are jointly awarded by A.N.U. and N.T.R. University of Health Sciences. Five year Integrated M.B.A., Programme in International Finance is started. This University has also pioneered the introduction of self-financed courses in the country, which is in conformity with the thinking of the national education policy makers such as the University Grants Commission. The University is making concerted efforts towards resource mobilization on different fronts.
Acharya Nagarjuna, the profounder of the Madhyamika Buddhism is one of the greatest philosophers India has ever produced. The Buddhists of China, Japan and Tibet river him to be the Second Buddha, who once again set in the motion the wheel of Dharma. He endowed with metaphysical profundity and logical acumen has reaffirmed the basic ideas of Buddhism, apart from providing reinterpretation, clarification and amplification of new concepts of Buddhism. He focused on the fundamental problems of human existence, human aspiration and human actions. He found solutions to them through intuition and reflective thought. He applied and practiced these solutions and his doctrine and experience become a norm to motivate rational and sensitive minds of different generation in different countries with varied cultural environment. Hanayama Shinsho recognizing Nagarjuna’s contribution has opined that ‘he may well be called the progenitor of Mahayana thought’.
The Madhyamika-karika testifies to the historicity to their author Nagarjuna, the great Buddhist philosopher, who extolled the path of Prajnaparamita. He wrote the Karika in order to expound the basic teaching of the Prajnaparamita-sutras. The recent archaeological discoveries at Amaravati corroborate to certain extent the broad facts about Nagarjuna’s life on which his traditional biographies agree. He was born in a Brahmin family in Andhradesa at Vedali. Based on the Chinese author Tao-an (A.D.568) and Kumarjivas’ account and his date for Buddha’ nirvana and other material of a Japanese Scholar Hakaju concluded that Nagarjuna lived about 113-213 A.D. The fact being his friendship with a Satavahana King Gautamiputra Satakarni (130-150 A.D.) and his having spent the latter part of his career in the monastery built for him by this king at Bhramaragiri (Sriparvata). The Manjuasrimulakalpa and Tibetan sources contend that Nagarjuna had the Amaravati stupa renovated, enclosed and ornamented with the assistance of this King. Dhanyakataka and Sriparvata were the Centers of his activity. Rajatarangini of 11 th century treats him as a contemporary of Kanishka.

EX  VICE-CHANCELLOR

S.NO
NAME
FROM
TO
1
Prof. V. Balaiah
19-08-1976
19-08-1979
2
Prof. B. Sarveswara Rao
20-08-1979
08-02-1981
3
 Dr.B. Swami
09-02-1981
09-08-1981
4
 Dr.D. Bhaskara Reddy
10-08-1981
30-11-1982
5
Dr.K. Raja Ram Mohana Rao
30-11-1982
30-05-1986
6
Prof.G.J.V.Jagannadha Raju
30-05-1986
15-08-1988
7
Prof.D.Ramakotaiah
15-08-1988
15-08-1991
8
Sri K.Penchalaiah I/c.,
15-08-1991
20-12-1991
9
Prof.Y.C. Simhadri
20-12-1991
23-01-1995
10
Prof.S.V.J. Lakshman
23-01-1995
16-11-1997
11
 Sri P.Ramakanth Reddy I/c.,
 16-11-1997
23-09-1998
12
Prof.C.V.Raghavulu
24-09-1998
11-10-2001
13
Prof.D.Vijayanarayana Reddy
12-10-2001
30-11-2001
14
Prof.Chandrakanth Kokate FAC
01-12-2001
28-04-2002
15
Prof.L. Venugopal Reddy
29-04-2002
05-05-2005
16
Prof.V. Balamohanadas
06-05-2005
03-05-2008
17
Prof. Y.R. Haragopal Reddy
14-08-2008
19-06-2011
18
 Prof. K.V. Rao
20-06-2011
18-04-2015
19
Prof.K .R.S. Sambasiva Rao
19-04-2015
11-08-2015
20
Mrs. B.Udaya Lakshmi
12-08-2015
03-12-2015
21
Prof. V.S.S. Kumar
04-12-2015
13-01-2016
22
Prof. A. Rajendra Prasad
 14-01-2016
 

EX – REGISTRAR

S.NO
NAME
FROM
TO
1
Sri Kilaru Srimannarayana
15-11-1976
14-11-1978
2
Sri P.Srinivasa Murthy
15-11-1978
03-07-1979
3
Sri D.Murali Krishna, I.A.S.,
04-07-1979
04-08-1980
4
Prof.T.Donappa
05-08-1980
05-08-1981
5
Prof.K.Anjanappa
06-08-1981
12-12-1984
6
Sri V.S.R. Murthy
13-12-1984
 11-01-1985
7
Prof.D.Dakshina Murthy
11-01-1985
03-12-1986
8
Prof.S.V.Krishna Rao
 03-12-1986
26-04-1990
9
Prof.C.Subbarayudu
26-04-1990
05-10-1991
10
Prof.V.L.Narasimham
05-10-1991
05-06-1993
11
Prof.P.Muralidharudu
 05-6-1993
05-04-1994
12
Prof.P.N.Rao
05-04-1994
25-06-1994
13
Prof.Shaik Ismail
25-06-1994
01-06-1995
14
Prof.S.V.Krishna Rao
01-06-1995
06-02-1996
15
Prof. Shaik Ismail
01-03-1996
31-05-1996
16
Prof.Lam Prakasa Rao
31-05-1997
16-11-1997
17
Sri R.Sambasiva Rao
16-11-1997
31-07-1999
18
Prof.N. Rangaiah
31-07-1999
10-10-2001
19
Prof.Y.Venkateswara Reddy
10-10-2001
11-01-2002
20
Prof.V. Luther Das
11-01-2002
31-12-2005
21
Prof.K.V.Rao
 01-01-2006
13-08-2008
22
Prof. M.V. N. Sharma
 14-08-2008
08-11-2011
23
Prof. G. Prasad
09-11-2011
30-06-2012
24
Prof. R.R.L. Kantam
01-07-2012
31-12-2013
25
Prof. Rajashekar .P
01-01-2014
19-03-2016
26
Prof. K. John paul
19-03-2016