The Pedanandipadu college of arts & sciences was started in 1968 . It is located with in the Panchayat limits of Pedanandipadu village catering the educational needs of nearly 20 villages situated with in a radius of 5 Miles. It is sponsored and founded by The Pedanandipadu Educational Development society registered under the Registration Act with Sri Y.Ranganayakulu Chowdary as President, Sri T.Krishnamma Chowdary BA.,B.L , Retired District judge as the secretary and correspondent and Sri D.Venkatarangam as the Treasurer. The college is the consummation of the untiring and indefatigable efforts and the missionary like zeal of the former secretary Sri T.Krishnamma Chowdary . When Sri T.Krishnamma Chowdary B.A., B.L, Secretary & correspondent , tendered his registration on 6 th October 1976 and the state of affairs was in quandary, the members of the committee prevailed on Sri J.Sivaram Prasad B.A., Secretery & Correspondent of VRS & YRN College, Chirala to take the helm in to his hands, which he accepted benevolently. Since the day of assuming Office the 10 th October 1976 Sri J.Sivaram Prasad B.A., Secretary & Correspondent strove hard for the development of this institution like a successful steersman exhibiting “ Youth on the prow, and pleasure at the helm, whose spirit stretched measureless in strength divine on the anvil for the blows of fate and time” . Constant and un sinking to the end Sri J.Sivaram Prasad B.A., Secretary & Correspondent, was a mightier source of desire and hope in the midst of ‘un sizeable freaks and mysteried turns ‘ . But fate willed as otherwise and his services could not be had for long as death was cruel in snatching him away from our midst on 30-08-1984 and the college community plunged in grief on his demise. Members of the managing committee wishing to entrust the stewardship to a stalwart have prevailed upon Smt. P.Venkayamma B.A., B.L., an eminent lawyer to take over. She is keen on developing the institution and has been evincing greater interest to find ways and means to fulfill the aspirations of the local populace.
The college is affiliated to Andhra University in arts courses of the B.A.standard.Commerce of the B.Com., standard and sciences of B.Sc.standard. Now the college is affiliated to Nagarjuna University. Prof.K.Sachidananda Murthy, the then principal and Special Officer of the Andhra University post-graduate center, Guntur.headed the inspection commission whose laudable efforts helped a lo9t for the materialization of the project, The inaugural function took place on 14 th July 1968 on the premises of the college. Sri M.Venkatarantnam. I.A.S., District Collector.Guntur, inaugurated the infant institution while Sri M.Nageswara Rao.Chairman.Zilla paarishad, Guntur, presided over the meeting, Sri T Krishnamma Chowdary read a report on the function of the Society giving a resume of the troubles and turmoils experienced and efforts made towards realizing the project of the college. He mentioned the aims and aspirations with which the college has been founded, to wit, to afford facilities of higher education to the youth of this rural area who are unable to go to towns and cities for collegiate studies and to inculcate the highest values of character and culture among the students and to make them ‘Observant, sharp ready, retentive ‘. The distinguished visitors hoped that through its life and work the institution would justify the high ideals of the sponsors and promised their advice and invaluable support in promoting these noble aims.
Sri J.Paulus, M.A., Retired Principal of Andhra Christian college, Guntur was appointed principal of this college.The necessary staff including non-teaching staff have been appointed. The necessary furniture and equipment were got ready within a short time and the college started working right in earnest from 15 th July, 1968. Since August 1972, when the reins of academic administration were taken up by Sri P.Sambasiva Rao M.Sc., Principal. he is trying to carve perfection from a bright world-stuff.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh too granted permission to open the college. During 1968-70. Science and Arts courses in intermediate class have been opened in the college. The Government having sanctioned two sections of eighty each.the University granted affiliation to the B.Sc.Degree course in August 1971. The Board of intermediate sanctioned two more sactions in the intermediate class during the year 1971-72. The college has been admitted into grant-in-aid during the year.1973-74 by the Government of Andhra pradesh, A spacious building for class-room was raised by the management with the U.G.C assistance of Rs. 1.00.000/- The college authorities have constructed a canteen for the comfort and convenience of the college community with the U.G.C. assistance. They were able to add two long sheds. Consisting of fourteen rooms for instructional purpose. The management has gone ahead stout-hearted and single-handed to construct another floor on the above-said building built with the U.G.C. assistance and by the this six more rooms are made available for conducting classes. On the existing office building two more spacious and extensive rooms have been constructed as first floor, thus giving it an imposing and stately appearance these two rooms are being used as college library and reading room. For the development of under – graduate educational facilities during fifth plan period an amount of Rs.2-55 lakhs has been sanctioned by the U.G.C out of which Rs.1-97 have been utilized for the extension of laboratory building and Rs. 57,666/- for the construction of animal house and workshop books and journals and Rs.1.20 lakhs for purchase of laboratory equipment and additions to asset units have been made as allocated. During 6 th plan period the U.G.C. has sanctioned Rs.1.4 lakhs for building projects, Rs.80,000/- towards the purchase of laboratory equipment and Rs.80,000/- for the purchase of books any journals. All this grant has been fully utilized.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has alienated an area of six acres of land situated in Nagulapadu panchayat limits to the college authorities enabling them to run a hostel. The Management is running the hostel with 50 students at present. A separate hostel for boys of scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes is being run at Nagulapadu with the pecuniary assistance of the state Government. The college library contains 15,500 volumes on different subject and it is being equipped with new additions from time with the assistance of the UGC on side and the college authorities and the philanthropists on the other. Now the college has attained a full-blown state with 59 members of various teaching faculties and 58 members of the Non-Teaching staff. Thus this rural Higher education center is carrying on its mission of perfection of the intellect. which is the result of education, and its “beauideal.” To the villagers in and around pedanandipadu with a sense of dedication and selfles service.
In the year1994, Dr. L.Rathaiah M.Sc.,Ph.D, Director , Vignan Educational Institutions was prevailed over by the members of the committee and the public to take over the charge of the secretary ship and thus our College came under the able guidance of our present beloved Secretary Dr. L.Rathaiah . He, with a sheer prophetic vision took the commendable decision of introducing the Hi-Tech Courses in to our College academic activity . As a result, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) inspected our college and sanctioned the courses of MCA and MBA, which were started in 1995-96. In the Under Graduate courses B.Sc(Computer Science) was also introduced in the academic year 1998.. With these technical courses the academic atmosphere of our college has acquired a new impetus and a new direction. From the beginning itself these PG Departments have kept themselves on the path of growth and have attracted a large number of students from all over the state. Now, with all necessary infrastructure and equipment sufficient power facilities and ;lab facilities with large modern class rooms and a good eminent teaching faculty they are functioning very well up to the expectations of the management and public. These departments of MCA and MBA have been able to keep a record of good results every year. They are fulfilling the needs of the students who pursue their higher studies in this prestigious academic institution.