About Andhra Loyola College (ALC), Vijayawada

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh)   Estd : 1953 Approved by : NAAC Type : Private

About Andhra Loyola College

  • Andhra Loyola College is managed and administered by the members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a Catholic religious order, which has rendered signal service in the fields of education and service to humanity for over 450 years.

  • The college was founded in December 1953 at the request of the Catholic bishops of Andhra Pradesh and began its academic sessions in July 1954.

  • The college offers Intermediate (+2), Degree, and Postgraduate courses as well as conducts research programmes in collaboration with several reputable universities.

  • After Independence, the demand for higher education greatly increased, and many young men of Vijayawada and the surrounding towns and villages set out for Tamil Nadu in search of quality education.

  • Grieved by their plight, the Catholic Bishops of Andhra Pradesh, in particular, Bishop Ignatius Mummadi of Guntur Diocese, requested the Jesuits, members of the Society of Jesus, who had already made outstanding contributions to education in India, to establish a college in Vijayawada.

  • In response, a committed band of Jesuits, headed by Fr Karnam Deviah, SJ, came to Vijayawada from the then Madurai Jesuit Province in Tamil Nadu.

  • Thanks to the generous financial support of local philanthropists, Andhra Loyola College was established on a 110-acre land in the year 1953 (classes commenced on July 22, 1954) with Rev Fr Theo Mathias, SJ, (who later became a professor at Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur) as its first Principal.

  • The college was affiliated to Andhra University till December 1976 and to Nagarjuna University thereafter. It is now affiliated to Krishna University.

  •  Throughout these 58 years, Andhra Loyola College has unfailingly occupied a premier position in higher education, producing men and women of “competence, conscience, and compassionate commitment”, which is the goal of Jesuit education.

  • The alumni of the college occupy high positions in different fields in India and abroad, and they hold fast to this vision.

  • In 1988, the college won the autonomous status by virtue of its excellent contribution to education, and it has used this freedom, throughout the quarter century of its autonomy, to experiment and innovate, introducing more practical combination of courses as well as job-oriented ones to meet the needs of the immediate society.

  • The college offers intermediate, degree, and post-graduate programmes, and its undergraduate curriculum is so broad-based and holistic that it has, in addition to the mainstream academic programmes, six other dimensions:

  • Streaming for the purpose of General English instruction with accent on communication skills on the first two years;

  • Development of computer literacy in all the first year students;

  • Value education and personality development in the first two years;

  • Community service through participation for forty hours in an extension programme;

  • Skills-based and employment-oriented certificate courses in the second year; and

  •  Project work in the third year.

  • The various committees which have reviewed the autonomous functioning of the college, including the UGC Review Committee, have recorded their appreciation of the achievements the college has made and the high standards it has consistently maintained.

  • In 2002, the college was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which re-accredited the college in 2008 with Grade A (3.65/4).

  •  In 2003-2004, the college celebrated its golden jubilee.

  •  In 2004, the college was recognized by the UGC as a ‘College with Potential for Excellence' (CPE).

  • In September 2008, the college was re-accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, with Grade A (CGPA 3.65 out of 4.00).

  • It is one of the 47 colleges in India which, in the first phase of the CPE scheme of the UGC, gained this status.

Awards & Rankings

  • Andhra Loyola College received an award ‘Best College for Gardens Maintenance’ from the Dept of Horticulture AP, AP Agri Society and Haritha Priya Plant Lovers Society in the Eve of State Level Flowers and Fruits Display-2016 .


Andhra Loyola College Vision and Mission

To impart higher education with integral formation which involves academic excellence, spiritual growth, social commitment and value based leadership.


Our Jesuit education demands that our college forms“men and women for others” and mould them as global citizens with competence, conscience and compassionate commitment. Special concern is shown towards the socially and economically marginalized students.

Director Message


Dear Visitor
I have great pleasure in welcoming you to this premier Jesuit college which, throughout its 61-year history, has unfailingly remained one of the forerunners of both educational excellence and human excellence, and which, by both intention and philosophy, has invited men and women, diverse in talents, interests and cultural backgrounds, to enrich its educational community and advance its mission.
Inheriting such a rich legacy should be at once exhilarating and humbling for any person who takes the helm, and, as the fifteenth one in the long line of illustrious principals, it will be my duty – no less my pleasure – to carry this legacy of excellence and diversity further forward and enrich it by diversifying and strengthening our mission in at least four areas – teaching-learning, research, creative work, and social action.

‘Desamante matti kaadoyi, / Desamante manushuloyi,’ urged Gurazada.  Such indeed is the case with a college: a college owes its greatness to its people. Given that the people of ALC hold fast to the values that have guided the college in the past five-and-a-half decades, I am confident that it will have a stable and well-guided transition into the future and be prepared to face the challenges ahead of us in higher education. 

It is indeed a comforting thought as we get ready to move into our diamond jubilee year.

Fr Dr. G A Peter Kishore, SJ

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Contact Details of Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada

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    Vijayawada-8, Andhra Pradesh, India Pin- 520008.