The enduring legacy of the Vizianagaram family in north coastal Andhra is its commitment to education. In pre-independent India the then Maharajas of Vizianagaram were visionaries with clear, independent thinking. They patronized arts, culture and sports, besides encouraging social reform. Vizianagaram was also known as Vidyanagarm. The Maharajah’s College, The Music College and The Sanskrit College established in the 19th century are testimony to this.
Dr.P.V.G.Raju, the last coronated Maharaja of Vizianagaram, formed MANSAS (Maharaja Alak Narayana Society of Arts and Science) in 1958 by donating vast tracts of land, in memory of his father. Maharaja Alak Narayan Gajapathi Raju was known to be a fine human being with a scientific temperament besides being a passionate aviator. A little known fact of Maharaja Alak Narayan was that, he was a strong Nationalist and was among the earliest Royal families to host Mahatma Gandhi. He even donated a sum of Rs.1.00 lakh in 1933 when he hosted Mahatma Gandhi for his Harijan Fund. He recognized and understood that the only way society and the country could make strides forward was through education.

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Objective of MANSAS

To promote and advance the cause of education in general and in particular higher education in Arts, Literature, Science, Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, Pharmacy, Technology, Industries, Oriental Studies, Music and other fine arts. The Trust is published under Section 6 a (1) of A.P Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowment Act 30 of 1987

Salient Aspects
  • Patronages 12 Educational Institutions from K.G. to P.G. including Engineering, Pharmacy, Law and Management Courses first of which started in 1857.
  • Caters to educational needs of more than 15000 students
  • Has 1800 employees for providing academic & logistic services
  • Presented stalwarts like Sri V.V. Giri, former President of India, Prof. Swami Gnanananda, a renowned nuclear scientist, Major K.V.Krishna Rao etc.
Trust Board
Sri. P.Ashok Gajapathi Raju
Chairman, MANSAS
Union Minister of Civil Aviation,
Govt. of India
Sri. C. Kutumba Rao
Vice Chairman,
A.P. State Planning Commission
Dr. I.V. Rao
Former Vice Chancellor,
Dr. NTR Health University of Health Sciences
Ms. P. Aditi Gajapathi Raju


Royal Legacy

Royal Lineage

Trust offers KG to PG level education in Arts, Sciences, Law, Pharmacy, Humanities Education, Engineering and Management and presently houses 12 Educational Institutions along with MVGR College of Engineering.