Silver Jubilee Government College, Kurnool, was established in 1972 as a gift to the people of Andhra Pradesh, to commemorate the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Indian Independence. It is the brain child of Sri. P.V.Narasimha Rao, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Sri.M.V.Rajagopal, I.A.S., the then Director and Secretary of Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh. In the back ground of separatist movements, they had a lofty dream of establishing a State wide Educational Institution to promote emotional integration and regional reconciliation, by admitting students from all the three regions of the state, the coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema Their vision was to establish an educational institution for brilliant students from all corners of the state, under one roof, where they could pursue and attain academic excellence, in an atmosphere free from financial worries., by providing free boarding, free lodging and free coaching. Their dream materialized and took a shape in the form of Silver Jubilee Government College, a Residential Degree College, located in Kurnool, the first capital of Andhra Pradesh. The students were admitted from all the three regions of the state, Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema in the ratio of 42 : 36 : 22 , on merit basis through a state wide Entrance test .
Sri. M.V.Rajagopal , I.A.S., moulded the college on the model of Cambridge University of United Kingdom by introducing Tutorials , Seminars , Guest Lectures , Proctorial system , Loco parent system etc ., and with a Library open to students for 18 hours a day . Initially , 150 students were admitted each year in B.A. , B.Sc and B.Com courses in both media , English and Telugu . Co-curricular and Extra-curricular activities such as Cultural activities , Sports , NCC and NSS were provided , with the aim of developing all round personality and positive attitudes to meet the challenges in life .
As the students represented the cream of student community in the state , to do justice , committed and competent faculty were also selected by screening from across the entire state. At the time of inception, Sri.M.S.Sastry was chosen as the first Principal and he was assisted by senior Heads of Department , Sri.Y.B.V.S.Rama Sastry ( English ), Dr.A.Venkata Subbaiah ( Telugu ), Sri.S.Nageswara Rao ( Hindi ), Janab.Syed Iqbal Basha ( Urdu ), Maj. B.N . Swamy ( Commerce ) , Sri.p.Seshappa ( Mathematics ) , Sri.R.S.Ramesh Murthy ( Physics ), Sri.p.Gopinanath Rao ( Chemistry ), Sri.K.V.S.Ramakoti ( Botany ), Sri.G.V.Ramanaiah ( Zoology ), Sri.N.Neelakanteswara Rao ( History ), Dr.M.M.Rahman ( Political Science ) and Sri.p.N.Murthy ( Physical Education ) .
Silver Jubilee Government College has successfully proved its existence during these three decades by striving hard to vindicate the aspirations of its founding fathers by producing GEMS who are occupying very important positions in the society and who stand out as a separate sect by their exemplary character, disciplined behavior and long lasting brotherly affection .
The College has been a hall mark of quality education and a Resource Centre for other institutions in the state. The University Grants Commission, New Delhi, has conferred "AUTONOMY " during the year 2005. National Accreditation and Assessment Council, Bangalore, has examined the academic and infra-structural facilities and awarded prestigious "A" grade, which the college richly deserves. To keep in step with the present day knowledge explosion and basic requirements to compete in the tough employment situation, the college has introduced modern vocational restructured courses , like Industrial Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Computer science, and Travel & Tourism. Besides, even post graduate courses in English, Telugu and Physics have been started. Jawahar Knowledge Centre to train the students and equip them in communication skills, spoken English and software basics has been functioning .
The Silver Jubilee Government College is on the verge of fulfilling the dream of Sri.M.V.Rajagopal , as expressed in his Appeal .... " The Government of Andhra Pradesh has a special responsibility for this college and if only the historic back ground and aspirations of its founders are remembered by the Government , I have no doubt in my mind that the Silver Jubilee Government College at Kurnool , will rise to a position of National importance ."
LONG LIVE SILVER JUBILEE GOVERNMENT COLLEGE