Institutional Distinctiveness :: 2019-2020 Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari and Dr. Kalidindi Suryanarayana Raju Arts Science (A) College plays a pivotal role in providing educational opportunities to the surrounding rural areas. The College has completed 47 years of its existence by promoting excellence in the field of education. This Institution has earned its reputation for being a premier Institution in the State which is well known for academics, sports and other extra- curricular activities. The College commenced its humble beginning in 1974 for imparting knowledge to the first generation learners of rural areas of Penugonda and its surrounding villages and to bring about a radical change in the society. The location of this College is endowed with natural beauty, serenity and tranquility. The high ratio of female students enrolled and a good number of female staff recruited is a manifestation that women empowerment which is the need of the hour is prevalent. The College was awarded ‘B’ Grade in January, 2006, ‘B’ Grade in 2011 and ‘A’ Grade in March, 2017 in the third cycle of NAAC Reaccreditation. The college has been conferred with Autonomous status in Feb2019 for the period of 10 years. The College participated in NIRF during 2019-20. The new found status by way of NAAC accreditation and NIRF participation inspired the faculty and administrative staff to give their best which in turn resulted in quality enhancements in the areas of academics, sports and cultural activities. The UGC New Delhi has provided adequate infrastructure to the college. The RUSA has provided 30 computer systems, 4 LCD projectors and one Digital Podium in addition to the scientific equipment worth of Rs. 400000/. The new building is under construction with RUSA grants. The UGC has also equipped the Institution with 2 virtual classrooms besides 1 Skill Development Centre with CPE grants. The vibrant IQAC’s exemplary work extended by the various committees brings the College to the forefront in various fields and materialises the concept of holistic development of the individuals. The performance of our students in examination is exceptional in spite of the fact that majority of them have a rural background. The secret of success is due to the remedial teaching which is undertaken to cater to the needs of slow learners. Academically our students have brought laurels to the Institution by excelling in various sports and cultural programmes both at State and Inter-Collegiate level, and community services through N.S.S, N.C.C and Various Cells. The College has emerged strong in its pursuit for quality assurance to make this Institution a Centre for Excellence in line with the College Vision. Our faculty members are committed to the mission of our college. This Institution is unique and occupies a place of honour to find our alumni well placed in all walks of life. This Institution is known for having 9 faculty members with Ph.D. and10 with M. Phil. Our Institution promises to act as a facilitator to bring about a positive change in the minds of stakeholders.