Under a broad policy framework of providing new technological education required for the industrial growth of the country in general and more particularly for the State of Andhra Pradesh, "Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University" was established on 2nd October, 1972, by an act of State Legislature. Rightly named after the ardent lover of Science and Technology, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, the University was established with the noble objectives of strengthening and improving the standards of Technological Education and making it relevant to the rural and industrial development of the country. Technological advancements and infrastructure facilitate to determine the progress and prosperity of a nation. This is very true in case of India, endowed with huge population growing at a rapid pace and vast natural resources largely remaining unexploited. Realizing that promotion of technical education was the imperative need of the hour, "JAWAHARLAL NEHRU TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY", te first technological university of India - was established in Andhra Pradesh with head quarters at Hyderabad. The singular objective by the way of emphasis on training & research in engineering and applied sciences. On its formation, the Government Engineering Colleges at Anantapur, Kakinada and Hyderabad, along with the Government College of Fine Arts and Architecture at Hyderabad, became its Constituent Colleges. The back bone of the oldest Engineering Colleges of South India.
Govt. College of Engineering, Anantapur. (JNTU College of Engineering Anantapur),
Govt. College of Engineering, Kakinada. (JNTU College of Engineering Kakinada),
Nagarjuna Sagar College of Engg., Hyd. (JNTU College of Engineering Hyderabad),
The first two colleges were established in the year 1946 and last one in the year 1965. These colleges have become constituent units of JNT University since 1972. JNTU was founded under a policy framework of providing a technological growth of the country in general and for the state of Andhra Pradesh in particular.In order to provide thrust for research and development in emerging areas, a nucleus has been created at the University Headquarters in form of Institute for Post Graduate Studies and Research (IST). In January 1989, the University established Institute of Post Graduate Studies and Research (IST) with 10 "Schools of Excellence" each one dedicated to a particular discipline of technical education.These schools offer programmes leading to Post Graduate Degrees. In addition, the emphasis is on Research and Development activities in collaboration with R&D organizations like TATA IBM.
4 Decades of JNTU
In the last 4 decades, JNTU has produced highly professional and competitive Engineers by infusing greater quality and content into the curriculum and educating the students with appropriate skills suitable for a rapidly changing industrial scenario. To improve the Quality of Technical Education, it has participated actively in a number of National Programmes like Teacher Quality Improvement Programme, National Programmes and Expansion of Infrastructure facilities for emerging Technologies. Distance Education programmes in B.Tech in Civil, Electronics & Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics & Communication engineering were started by the University, in the correspondence-cum-contact mode, in 1983. JNT University is also offering through its College of Fine Arts and School of Architecture, highly professional and job-oriented courses in creative arts, architectural design and planning. University has established a number of Centres / Schools under the Umbrella of the Institute of Post Graduate Studies & Research (IST). Faculty of JNTU published a large number of Technical research papers in International and National journals and Conferences. They also organized International and National Conferences, seminars and workshops. A good number of Summer Schools and refresher programmes were organized for the benefit of teachers of various colleges and engineers from the industry.
The maintenance grants of the University are received from the Government of Andhra Pradesh. In addition, UGC and AICTE support some developmental projects. Further the University raises finance through self supporting programmes such as Distance & Continuing Education, Consultancy Services and Funded projects.