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.
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
- 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.
Sri. P.Ashok Gajapathi Raju
Union Minister of Civil Aviation,
Govt. of India
| Sri. C. Kutumba Rao |
A.P. State Planning Commission
| Dr. I.V. Rao |
Former Vice Chancellor,
Dr. NTR Health University of Health Sciences
| Ms. P. Aditi Gajapathi Raju
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.
M.R. HIGH SCHOOL
M.R. COLLEGE (NAAC ACCREDITED)
M.R. COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
M.R. WOMENS COLLEGE (NAAC ACCREDITED)
M.R. GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL
M.R. MODEL HIGH SCHOOL
M.R. ENGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOL
M.R.V.R.G.R. LAW COLLEGE
M.R. P.G. COLLEGE (NAAC ACCREDITED)
M.R.V.R.G.R. – II MEMORIAL JR. COLLEGE
MVGR COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
M.R. COLLEGE OF PHARMACY