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   Dec.  1957  

Foundation stone laid by Sri S.B.P. Pattabhi Rama Rao, the Education Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

   July,  1958  

Classes started with 28 Pre University students and 6 staff members. The first Principal was Sr. Germaine Marie


B.A. & B.Sc. Courses were started with History, Economics, Politics, Special English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Domestic Science. 


Obtained Permanent affiliation to Andhra University. Construction of resident student centre with aid from U.G.C


Sr. St. Andre took charge as the new Principal. College strength – 400 students and 30 staff 


Affiliation obtained for Psychology course at B.A. level.


Addition of another storey to the College Building with the assistance of U.G.C.


Introduction of two sections of Intermediate courses in Arts and Science with a student  strength of 250.


Four storeyed Science wing for Laboratories was added with aid from U.G.C.


Andhra University offered affiliation for M.Sc. in Homescience but the college could not take it up due to technical problems.


Homescience block was extended with Swiss help to provide infrastructure for B.Sc. (Homescience) course and for possible introduction of Post Graduation course.


College was selected for COHSSIP (College Humanities and Social Sciences Improvement Programme) and was so successful that it was extended for follow up programme after 1983.


College organized a seminar cum workshop to train the lecturers in the new methods of  teaching, testing and evaluation. This laid the first seed of Question Bank in St.Joseph’s college which 20 years later has grown into this workshop sponsored by U.G.C. for developing Question Bank in Homesience – Phase I.


College was selected for COSIP (College Science Improvement Programme) for improving the Science teaching & research methods.

Sr. Alice Marie took charge as the Third Principal.


A restricted course was started with Office Management being offered in B.A. This was  another first for the College since the course was developed exclusively by the college based on the felt need of the Society.


College was granted the Autonomous status by the UGC and given the freedom to administer its own academic programme. Several new courses like Women’s Studies, Consumer Education, Society and Culture of the Andhra were introduced.


A new course offering Computer Science with Maths and Physics was started.


Department of Chemistry was selected for participation in a project on “Low Cost Chemical Instrumentation” organized by International union of Physical and Applied Chemistry.


Dr. Sr. N.D. Veronica took charge as the Fourth Principal of the College.


Extension of Home science block with help from U.G.C. to improve the infrastructure  since the student strength of the Home science Department has been increasing steadily  in the past 2 decades.


UGC National Workshop on Question Bank Preparation in Nutrition was organized for the Home science lecturers of Southern Region . A new course in B.Sc.(Vocational) with Chemistry, Botany & Food Science & Quality  Control was started with assistance of UGC.


The Peer team of NAAC visited the college in August 2001 & after a thorough analysis  accorded the college a Three Star status. The UGC Inspection Committee assessed the college in November 2001 for purpose of extending the third term of autonomous status.The team was very satisfied.


Ms. Michael Johnson Expect, Association of Personnel Services Organisation, Ireland  prepared a detailed report of the facilities, departments and potentials of the college to  grow.


Post Graduate courses in Mathematics and Undergraduate course  in B.Com. and B.A. with Journalism & Mass Communication was started.UGC has granted the conduct of three Add-on-Courses in Travel &  Tourism, Copy Writing & Editing and Effective Communication skills.Credit system was reintroduced at U.G. level.College was short listed by A.U. for consideration as “College with Potential for  Excellence” by U.G.C.


Post graduate course in Computer Science was started successfully. 

Mrs. Suguna Kannan was selected by A.P. State Government for the A.P. Best Teacher Award 2004. This included a citation a medal and Cash Prize.


The Department of Homescience was selected & one of the centers to undertake the     I phase of the Capacity Building Project – on “ Street Food Services” supported by  World Bank & Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Language Laboratory was set up to teach communication skills


Post Graduate Course in Organic Chemistry was started. Phase-II of the Capacity Building Project of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare began.


Post graduate course in Analytical Chemistry was started and online Mid semester  examinations were conducted for all the post graduate students. UGC Sponsored National Workshop on “Organisatioanal Culture in Colleges: Paradigm Shift”

2008- 2009

Golden Jubilee Year

Golden Jubilee Eucharistic Celebration to mark the conclusion of The Golden Jubilee Year.

Re-accreditation by NAAC

Introduction of two New Courses in B. Sc (Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Chemistry) (Mathematics, Economics and Computer Applications).

UGC Sponsored Regional Conference on “Women in Science” organized by the Departments of French & Office Management.

Designated as Partner Institute by IGNOU under Convergence Scheme.

UGC Sponsored National Workshop on “Sustainable Development: Rethinking environmental Initiatives”.

Release of the Multilingual Musical Album – SPICE OF LIFE.

A fund raising Dance Programme “”ADHAAR” performed by the Padmasri  SOBHANA  to support the AIDS affected children

Colloque on “Chemistry Curriculum” organized by the Department of Chemistry.

UGC Sponsored Workshop on “Capacity Building for Enhanced Office Efficiency” organized by the Department of Office Management – first of its kind for administrative employees of  Degree Colleges in the city.

The College has been sanctioned funds under UGC merged Schemes by the UGC- for the benefit of the student community to equip them with administrative skills. Implementation of the Career Counselling Programme – 65 Final year Degree students attended a Personality Development Programme in association with Synchro Serve Organisation.

Dr. P. S. Annapurna  of Home Science Department was awarded The Best Researcher Award – Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao Endowment and Dr. J. B. Rhina Dionnial Award – Andhra University.


Colloquium on “Teaching English in Technological Society: Challenges” was organized by the Department of English. Commemoration of the 400th Birth Year of Fr. Jeanne Pierre Medaille – Founder  of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy. 

UGC Sponsored Capacity Building for Women Managers in Higher Education, SAM  Workshop organized by the Department of Office Management.

Two day UGC Sponsored National Workshop on “Teaching Learning Hindi in South India – Problems and Perspectives” organized by the Dept. of Hindi. 

UGC Major Project entitled “Sathottar Hindi Aur Telugu Naatak va Rangamanch – Paschatya Ka Prabhav Aur Prayog” was sanctioned to Dr. P. K. Jayalakshmi, HOD – Dept of Hindi.

One day Workshop on “Value Education for Peace” by the Universal Solidarity  Movement for Peace- Indore.                             


Two day UGC National Workshop on “Effective Facilitation Skills for Teachers in Higher Education” organized by the Departments of Home Science &  Office Management.

Seminar on “Commitment to Education” by G. Mathew Srirangam, Dept. of Zoology, Andhra Loyola College (A), Vijayawada.

One day Workshop on “Value Education” by  Dr. Robinson, St. Stephen’s College New Delhi.

Two day Workshop on “Ethical Hacking – Certified Information Security Specialists’ for Students & Faculty organized by the Department of Office Management.

One day Colloquium on “Curriculum for P.G Students of Andhra University affiliated Colleges”organized by the Dept. of Chemistry.                                                                                                 

2012 - 2013

“Walkathon” for Quality Education to mark The Silver Jubilee year of  Autonomy. 

Introduction of Two New Courses in B.A (English Literature, Economics & Political Science) and (Commerce, Economics & Management Studies).

One Day UGC Workshop on ‘Empowering Fresh Faculty in Higher Education to gain efficiency’.  T

wo Day Workshop on Institutional Development using “Appreciative Inquiry”. One day Workshop on “Psychological Adjustments of School and College Students” for the Teachers of various schools in the city.

Setting up of SAHAY (St. Joseph’s Assistance for Holistic Adjustment of Youngsters) Center for Enhancing Personality.

Appointment of Dr. P K Jayalakshmi, Head, Dept. of Hindi as Visiting Professor in the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. for the period of two years by ICCR & MEA, Govt. of India                                  

2013- 2014

SJC Alumnae Reunion SAATH(SJC Alumnae Association Towards Harmony) on 9th January 2013. NPTEL Workshop for Faculty and Students conducted by CLASSLE.

Two day UGC National Conference on “25 years of Autonomy – Experience, Reality and Vision” on 1st and 2nd February 2013.
NAAC accredited the college with 'A' grade in February 2014.

2014 - 2015

Dr. Sr.Shyji. P.D  took charge as The Fifth Principal of the College.

Minister of HRD Shri.Ganta Srinivasa Rao graced the occasion of 56th Inaugural function conducted in the college.

Two day UGC National Conference on 'Emerging trends in value addition to plants and plant products' on 24th and 25th July 2014.

Introduced certified SAP course in association with SAP INDIA and Global for UG. Masters Programme was introduced  by the Department of Homescience with two Specializations - Food, Nutrition and  Dietetics (FND), Resource Management & Interior Design (IDRM). 1 Major Research Project (Home Sc.) and 4 Minor Research projects (2 in chemistry, 1 in Mathematics and 1 in  Economics) are under progress with external funding.

A research laboratory in chemistry  was inaugurated by Sr. Alice Marie, Correspondent of our college on September 30th.

Two day Youth conclave sponsored by RGNIYD "Health in your hands". In the month of January a short term course in self defense comprising of Karate has been inaugurated in our college, where  Mr. Hari Prakash, DEAN, Student Affairs was the chief guest. 

Prof.B.Mohan Venkat Ram, Dean Internatioanl Student Affairs & Public Relations, Andhra   university was the chief guest for 56th Valedictory function of the college.


A two-day workshop on Choice-based credit system ( CBCS ) was conducted for faculty  of the college. Introduced Yoga, Martial Arts and Music as co-curricular activities for the students in addition to NCC, NSS and Sports.

A new degree programme BBA was introduced from the academic year 2015-16.

Prof. Uma Maheshwar Rao, Registrar Andhra University was the Chief Guest for the 57th Inaugural  function of the college.

The greatest achievement of the year 2015-16 was the initiative of TARANG, the First ever Youth Fest of St Joseph’s College for Women (A).

On 26th January 2016 the St. Joseph’s College for Women started a new custom to celebrate  The Republic day in the college premises.

Mr. Sastry Pullela, Director & Excutive Vice President, HR xinthe Technology (P) Ltd.     Visakhapatnam was the Chief Guest for the 57th Valedictory function conducted on 27th  February, 2016.


             "NIRF" the college got 87th Rank in college categroy through NIRF grading.

Mrs. Chandralekha Mukherjee DRM, Indian Railways, VSP, was the Chief Guest for the 58th Inaugural  function of the college on 9th July, 2016.

The college bagged two prestigious AP State Teacher Awards to Dr. VBT. Sundari, Dept of   History  and  Dr.P.K.Jayalakshmi, Dept of Hindi.

Dr. G. Ramalakshmi, HOD of Political Science, awarded best NSS Programme Officer at State level.

Dept. of Mathematics organized UGC-sponsored TWO DAY NATIONAL SEMINAR  on RADMAS

Intercollegiate Fest - Excelsior-2016.

Department of Hindi organized UGC-sponsored Two-Day International Seminar.

Hindi Department organized UGC-sponsored Two-day National seminar.

Department of Economics organized “Inter Collegiate Competition"YOUNG ECONOMIST-2017”.

The college is involved in training Women of self help groups for the establishment of Nutri-Shops at schools through Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) of Government of AP.

Biometric Attendance for faculity, staff and students.

Dr. Meenakshi Anantaram, CEO, RAZZMATAZZ Entertainment network, was the Chief Guest for the 58th Valedictory function conducted on 23rd  February, 2017.


Mrs. Indira Tirumalraju Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, VSP, was the Chief Guest for the 59th Inaugural  function of the college on 22nd July, 2017.

The college bagged two prestigious State Teacher Awards to Dr. K. Manikya Kumari Dept of   Botany  and  Dr.P.Jayalakshmi, Dept of Economics.

Two weeks Faculty Developement programme on "Entrepreneurship Developement" by National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Dr. P.K. Jayalakshmi received National level  "ATA award - 2017"  for Out Standing Achievement in the field of LITERATURE.

"English Access Programme"  a project US Dept of state, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Two day Intercollegiate Fest - Excelsior-2K17.

Andhra Pradesh State Christian Minorities Fiance Corporation awarded                    Dr. K. Manikya Kumari Dept of  Botany for rendering exemplery Services in field of EDUCATION during the felicitation programme of Emient Christians 2017.

Physical Education Department organized UGC-sponsored Two-day National seminar  on  "SPORTS CULTURE IN 21st  CENTURY".

Prof. K. Rama Mohana Rao, Principal of Arts and Commerce, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam was the Chief Guest for the 59th Valedictory function conducted on 24th  February, 2018.


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