Rayapati Venkata Ranga Rao College of Education

This part of Andhra Desa, comprising the present Guntur district and surroundings was once the seat of great learning established by the famous Acharya Nagarjuna.  The trend continued in the later period also for blossoming literary and cultural activities contributed by the great personalities such as Tikkana Somayaji, Narayana Tirtha and Siddhendra Yogi. Guntur is famous for education and its fragrance has spread through out the world.  In every nation, there is at least one person who is educated in Guntur delivering quality services in his respective field.

The famous educationist, humanist, philanthropist Vidwan Sri Gogineni Kanakaiah (now at 93) felt the need and the necessity for a College of Education, which can cater to the needs of all sections of the society.  He was not in a position to support several deserving prospective teacher students who approached him for help, for an admission into Colleges of Education in Guntur.

Against this backdrop, the idea of establishing a College of Education, which is open to all social categories was thought about.  The time was also ripe and propitious as the then Government of Andra Pradesh was considering granting of new Colleges of Education in the light of shortage of trained teachers required to meet the demand at primary and secondary school stages.

At this juncture, Rayapati Venkata Ranga Rao College of Education was ushered into existence in the open category under the aegis of Nagarjuna Education Society, during the academic year 1983-84.  This has happened with the munificient support of five times Member of Parliament and a devout business magnet Sri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and the consistent efforts of the Nagarjuna Education Society, the sponsoring agency of the College.  With this, the dream of Vidwan Sri Gogineni Kanakaiah has become a reality.

The Inauguration

The college has the distinction of having its first B.Ed. programme inaugurated by Dr. K. Raja Rama Mohana Rao, the then esteemed Vice-Chancellor of Nagarjuna University, on the forenoon of 5th January 1984 in the presence of the distinguished  elites of the town.  Since then, the college has become a landmark in the history of quality teacher education in Andhra Pradesh.

The Management

The Nagarjuna Education Society, which is running  successfully a Degree and PG College, a Public School, a High School, an Engineering College, a Law College, a Pharmacy College, a Nursing College, etc., is the sponsoring body of the College of Education.

Sri Jagarlamudi Chandramouli (1983-1987) as the President and Sri Paladugu Lakshmana Rao as the Secretary and Correspondent (1983-1993) effectively laid down solid foundations for the success story of this college and it was efficiently followed and further strengthened by Dr. Kasaraneni Sadasiva Rao (1987-2003) and Dr. Rayapati Srinivas (1994-1997), the ajaatha satruvulu in every walk of life, who stepped into the shoes of the former ones respectively.

Dr. Kondabolu Basavapunnaiah (since 2003), the common man’s popular doctor, a disciplinarian to the core and the visionary educationist as President and Sri Gadde Mangaiah (since 1997) as the Secretary and Correspondent, with their optimistic approach, are leading the organization to the pinnacle of the pyramid of teacher education.

The luminary in the elite, the elite in the social reformers and the educationist of great repute, Vidwan Sri Gogineni Kanakaiah, is the Treasurer of Nagarjuna Education Society and also the College of Education since its inception in 1983.
Under the able administration of the affectionate and benevolent management, the college has acquired economic stability, good academic excellence and memorable examination results.

The Infrastructure
In the beginning, the college was inaugurated in the premises of Sri Patibandla Sita Ramaiah High School in 1983.  Later, it was shifted to its own premises in the year 1988 located in J.K.C. College area campus.  Now, the college is having a huge building housing D.Ed., B.Ed., M.Ed., M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses with excellent physical facilities.

The college library, spread over 2500 sq. ft, is with a reading facility for about 100 students with all comfort.  The library has more than 8000 books including text books, encyclopedias, reference books, etc., In addition to several Indian and Foreign journals and periodicals and many news papers.

The Psychology laboratory has every equipment and material required for effective instruction and efficient educational research.

The Science laboratory is providing the holistic support to the students in attending to the successful transaction of instruction in the classrooms by the prospective teachers.

The state-of-art Computer laboratory with 25 multimedia computers connected by Local Area Network (NAN) and unlimited broadband Internet is providing excellent computer education to D.Ed., B.Ed. and M.Ed. students and supporting enduring research opportunities to M.Phil. and Ph.D. students.

The Educational Technology laboratory with LCD projector, projectors of different kinds and other audio-video equipment is bringing the world to the forefront of the classrooms and students.

The Physical Education facilities available in the college are strengthening the minds and bodies of the student teachers and student teacher educators.

All the class rooms, seminar halls, laboratories and other rooms are thoroughly furnished as per the norms and the requirements of NCTE to put the students in a convenient position to learn to the maximum level.

The principals

Sri P. Subbusundaram, a practical man to the core and an educationist to the best, who got education from U.K. served as the founder principal (1983-93) of the college and laid strong foundations in teaching by sowing seeds of values in the faculty of the college.

Prof. S.C. Sarma, an eminent educationist and a stalwart in teacher education, joined the college as Principal and Professor (1994-97) immediately after his retirement as Professor and Dean, Department of Education, Andhra University on the request of the management to strengthen the quality of education in the then offered B.Ed. and M.Ed. courses and he did his best in improving the quality of instruction and research in the college.

Dr. Gudivada Prabhavathi, an able administrator and a reputed poet in child literature, the college has grown to heights with the conduct of Seminars, Conferences, university supported faculty Meetings, Spot Valuations, etc., with excellent efficiency.  As Chairperson, Board of Studies in Education, Acharya Nagarjuna University, she did yeoman service in the field of teacher education.

 The  present principal Dr. Digumarti. Bhaskara Rao is known to the students and teachers of teacher education as popular teacher, researcher, author and editor. Several of his text books, reference books & encyclopaedias have formed the part curricula of various teacher education courses across the globe. He was conferred with several prestigious national and international awards and his biography was published in many bibliographical reference books published in India, UK&USA. He has participated in many national and international conferences and has published  more than 375 text books, reference books, encyclopaedia and about 400 papers/articles world wide.

The Staff

The college, since its inception in 1983, has recruited qualified and committed staff to serve it effectively and efficiently.  The staff, well-versed in teacher education, contributed their mite for the over all development of the college as well as the prospective teachers.

The former principals Sri P. Subbusundaram ,Prof. S.C. Sarma and Dr. Gudivada Prabhavathi and the present principal Dr.Digumarti.Bhaskar Rao received a great deal of applause for their devoted administrative practices and programmes they have conducted.

Many of the staff members, namely, Dr. Gudivada Prabhavathi, Dr. Digumarti Bhaskara Rao, Dr. A.S. Rama Krishna and Mr. M. Ravi Krishna are popular authors and their books are being followed by the B.Ed. and M.Ed. students all over the state. Almost all the faculty members have published several research papers and general articles in various journals, periodicals and news papers in India and abroad. 

Dr. Gudivada Prabhavathi, former principal,  Dr. Digumarti Bhaskara Rao and Dr. A.S. Rama Krishna, former staff member have visited foreign countries and presented their views in various seminars, conferences, workshops, etc., conducted at global level. 

Dr. Digumarti Bhaskara Rao visited many teacher education institutions in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on behalf of the National Council for Teacher Education for the purpose of granting recognition to D.Ed., B.Ed., B.P.Ed., M.Ed., etc., courses.

Dr. Gudivada Prabhavathi, as the Chairperson of Board of Studies in Education, A.N.U., has successfully conducted many B.Ed. Practical Examinations, B.Ed. Spot Valuations, Meetings connected with Curriculum of B.Ed., M.Ed., M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses.

The staff members are so popular in the field of teacher education to become role models to many a student and teacher population.

The Courses

The college was started with a humble beginning in 1983 with 100 seats in B.Ed. course per annum and the present strength is 160 (since 1987). Later, M.Ed. course was added to the existing B.Ed. course in 1991 with an intake of 30 students.   At present the intake is 40 + 6 = 46 M.Ed students per annum.  The college has started a Research Centre in 2003 to provide research facilities to the teacher educators. The Research Centre was inaugurated by Prof. L.Venugopala Reddy, the then Vice-Chancellor of the Nagarjuna University in the  presence of Prof. B. Venkataramaiah, the then Chairman of Southern Regional Committee, NCTE, Bangalore and Sri M. Vasudev, the then Regional Director of NCTE, Bangalore, the Secretaries and Principals of all Colleges of Education affiliated to Andhra and Acharya Nagarjuna Universities.

Dr. Digumarti Bhaskara Rao, Dr. L. Bhagya Lakshmi and Dr. M.E.S. Elizabeth are guiding the research scholars for the award of M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Education.

The college has got also D.Ed. course also granted by N.C.T.E. in the year 2007 and it is being run as RVRR College of Elementary Teacher Education.

The Students

The college gets B.Ed. candidates from the Common Entrance Test conducted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and M.Ed., M. Phil. and Ph.D. students from the Entrance Tests conducted by Acharya Nagarjuna University.

The prospective students are attracted to this college as the college has got insurmountable reputation in the state. Moreover, the management pays greater attention to the student welfare too.

The college also gives preference to student’s requirements and inculcates the values required to be good citizens.  The college takes care of all the possible  needs of its students.

The college is known to have disciplined students.  However they are at the time of entry, but by the time they exit they are moulded to be well disciplined, expected of by the Society, from the teachers.

The Results

The college, since its inception, has creditable record of results in both B.Ed. and M.Ed. courses.

Not only in the results of the examinations conducted by the University, but also in DSC examinations and other Competitive Examinations, the college students excelled and got employment.  They have outnumbered any other College of Education in getting employment and settling down in life.   This speaks of the quality training and education provided to the students in this college.

The Gold Medals

The M.Ed. students got Gold Medals by standing top in scores in the examinations conducted by the Acharya Nagarjuna University. They include Sri K. Hanumantha Rao (1997-98), Sri K. Venkata Rao (2003-04), Miss. Shaik Fathima (2004-05) and Miss. T.Geetha Sudha (2005-06).

The Awards

The college students got numerous awards of State, District and University level by participating in various competitions such as Quiz, Elocution, Singing, Discussions, etc.

The Distinguished Guests

The college got an opportunity of enjoying the touching sense of distinguished personalities likes –

Vice Chancellors
1.    Prof. K. Raja Rama Mohana Rao, Vice Chancellor, Nagarjuna University
2.    Prof. G.J.V. Jagannadha Raju, Vice Chancellor, Nagarjuna University
3.    Prof. C.V. Raghavulu, Vice Chancellor, Nagarjuna University   
4.    Prof. L. Venugopala Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Acharya Nagarjuna University
5.    Prof. Bala Mohan Das, Vice Chancellor, Acharya Nagarjuna University
6.    Prof. Y.R. Haragopal Reddy, Rector, Acharya Nagarjuna University
7.    Prof. O.R. Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University
8.    Prof. B. Venkata Ramaiah, Chairman, N.C.T.E., Bangalore
9.    Sri M. Vasudev, Regional Director, N.C.T.E., Bangalore
10.    Sri Umamaheswara Rao, IAS, Collector, Guntur District
11.   Sri K. Rama Krishna Rao, IAS, Collector, Guntur District
12.   Dr. Ravi Shankar Iyyannar, SP, Guntur
13.   Prof. Padmanabhaiah, S.V. University
14.   Prof. V. Sudhakar, Osmania University
15.   Prof. Ramesh Ghanta, Kakatiya University 
16.   Prof. A. Satyavathi, Andhra University
17.   Prof. V.N.B. Sarma, Osmania University, Hyderabad
18.   Prof. Rama Krishnaiah, S.V. University
19.   Prof. Y.F.W. Prasada Rao, Andhra University 
20.   Dr. G. Bhuvaneswara Lakshmi, Dean, Faculty of Education, A.N.U.
21.   Sri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Member of Parliament, Guntur
22.   Dr. Rayapati Srinivas, Member of Legislative Council, Local Bodies, Guntur
23.   Sri Rayapati Mohana Sai Krishna, Mayor, Guntur Municipal Corporation   
24.   Prof. Kotha Sachidananda Murthy, Former UGC Vice Chairman
25.   Sri Ravuri Bharadwaja, Kendra Sahitya Academy Award winner
26.   Dr. Kuchipudi Vijaya, Chairperson, Guntur  Zilla  Parishad  
27.   Sri Dokka  Manikya  Vara Prasad,  Honourable Minister for Secondary Education
28.   Dr. Siva Reddy, Kendra Sahitya Academy Awardee
29.   Sri Kasipatnam Rama Rao, Kendra Sahitya Academy Awardee
30.  Ms.Anne Servant, Ministry of Education, France and Hans Schellene, Germany 
31.   Dr. Garikapati Narasimha Rao, famous poet
32.   Sri Zanamaddi Hanumachastri, literary personality
33.   Sri V.A.K. Ranga Rao, critic
34.   Sri Zinka Rama Rao, famous painter

Several other prominent personalities in the field of arts, science, linguistics, fine arts have graced the college on various occasions and events organized and celebrated from time to time.



The motto of the institution is Knowledge, Discipline and Excellence.

The rationale of this motto is that knowledge and discipline are the pre-requisite conditions for the achievement of the set goals. Knowledge is the base for any achievement. Discipline embodies endurance, continuity and determination and relentless effort to reach the goal.  The amalgam of a disciplined mind with knowledge will yield excellence.  Excellence takes the man to the heights of success. Knowledge removes ignorance, discipline makes life orderly and excellence leads to quality of life.  Our academic activities and programmes reflect the main motto of the institution.  Our onward journey carries this banner forever and ever.


  1. To prepare student teachers, imparting knowledge and skills anchored on the needs of the nation.
  2. To propagate and disseminate knowledge relevant to make effective teachers.
  3. To prepare teachers with professional zeal and zest.
  4. To promote research that addresses educational needs and problems of learners, teachers and community.
  5. To strive to sustain our institution as a scholarly abode for student teachers and teacher educators and community at large.


  1. To make the institution as a centre of excellence in teacher education.
  2. To contribute to the growth of teaching profession with moral and professional standards.
  3. To be an effective resource centre of teacher education.
  4. To render service to community at large.
  5. To strive to improve standards among student teachers and to improve their overall personality.


    1. To enable the student teachers to acquire theoretical knowledge required to     become ideal teachers.
    2. To enable the student teachers to acquire teaching skills to master the art of teaching.
    3. To develop desirable attitudes, ethics and perceptions to become responsible citizens as teachers.
    4. To endeavour continuously to make the institution as a centre of excellence in teacher education.
    5. To promote qualitative research in teacher education.
    6. To make the student teachers as self reliant and resourceful members of the society.
    7. To enable the student teachers to become the effective disseminators of cultural heritage of the nation.
    8. To inculcate human values among student teachers.
    9. To develop communication skills among student teachers relevant to the modern world.


      The emblem of the institution consists of four elements, viz., Lamp, Lotus, Book and Sun.  
      These four elements are the symbols that reflect the Indian culture. They depict the meaning as explained here under.
      The Lamp in the emblem is the symbol of the teacher: The lighting lamp will dispel the darkness.  Likewise, the teacher removes the darkness of ignorance prevailing in the minds of the students and fill the minds with the brightness of knowledge. There is a saying in Upanishads called “Deepadheeupavath’, which means the lighted lamp can only light another lamp. If the teacher is a lighted lamp, the student is a lamp that is lit by the lighted lamp, the Guru.
      The Lotus is the symbol of spiritual perfection: The blossomed lotus represents aspiration of the institution that the teacher shapes the student to reach that perfect state.
      The Book is the hallmark of knowledge: The book shows the way, in which the teacher moulds the student.  The book is an instrument by which the teacher carves out the process of making the student  into a responsible citizen of the Global village.
      The Sun is the symbol of knowledge: The sun indicates that the student acquires useful knowledge through the teacher and makes himself a complete man and transfers this knowledge from one generation to another generation.

      The emblem of the institution as a whole implies that the enlightened teacher acts like a sun kindling and imparting the light of knowledge among his disciples and blossoming like the lotus.

      Milestones in the history of Rayapati  Venkata Ranga Rao
      College of Education

      Rayapati Venkata Ranga Rao College of Education was established in the year 1983 (vide G.O.Ms.No. 479, dated 14.11.1983) under the aegis of    Nagarjuna Education Society registered under the Societies act of 56 of 1967. The College has the distinction of having its first B.Ed. programme inaugurated by Dr. K. Raja Rama Mohana Rao, the then esteemed Vice-Chancellor of Nagarjuna University, on the forenoon of 5th January 1984 in the presence of the distinguished  elite of the town. Since then, the college has become a landmark in the history of quality teacher education in Andhra Pradesh.

      The B.Ed. intake was increased from 100 to 160 seats vide G.O. No.139, dated 28.5.1987 of Andhra Pradesh Government.

      The M.Ed. Course has commenced with an intake capacity of 25 students vide G.O.Ms.No.150, dated 12.4.1991.

      In addition to the existing building, a three storeyed building was constructed to provide additional accommodation to M.Ed. Course as per the norms of the N.C.T.E.    

      A three storeyed building adjacent to the existing three storeyed building was constructed to provide accommodation for D.Ed. Course as per N.C.T.E. norms.    The college is housing D.Ed., B.Ed., M.Ed., M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses with excellent facilities.
      Acharya Nagarjuna University has granted permanent affiliation as the College provided all the infrastructure and instructional facilities as per the norms of the NCTE.

      Acharya Nagarjuna University has granted permission for Research Centre in 2004 to provide research facilities to the teacher educators. The Research Centre was inaugurated by Prof. L.Venugopala Reddy, the then Vice-Chancellor of the Nagarjuna University in the presence of Prof. B. Venkataramaiah, the then Chairman of Southern Regional Committee, NCTE, Bangalore and Sri M. Vasudev, the then Regional Director of NCTE, Bangalore, the Secretaries and Principals of all Colleges of Education affiliated to Andhra and Acharya Nagarjuna Universities.

      NCTE has granted permission to start D.Ed. course from the academic year 2005-06 vide NCTE Lr.No.F.SRC/NCTE/D.Ed/2005-06/2268 dated 5.8.2005 with an intake capacity of 50 students.

      NCTE has granted permission for additional intake of 10 seats in M.Ed. Course .  The intake has been increased from 30 to 40 seats from the academic year 2007-08 vide N.C.T.E. letter No. F.SRO/NCTE/M.Ed-AI/2006-2007/3077 dated21.5.2007.

      2008   Silver Jubilee Year
      The institution has successfully completed its fruitful and creditable existence of 25 years in the field of Teacher Education and   the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of this College were held on 20th and 21st December 2008 successfully.   On this occasion, the Alumni Celebrations were held on 14th December 2008.


      The College has released its first quarterly magazine “SALOCHANA” in March 2009 and it is continuing since then regularly.



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