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Take a bow to the ‘grand old lady'

Staff Reporter

Government Arts College celebrates 97th anniversary


Produced students like Dr. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, former President of India

Former President of India Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan serves as faculty of college


Anantapur: Hundreds of old students, including political leaders, businessmen, intellectuals, bureaucrats and the cream of the city have studied at the Government Arts College, known as the ‘grand old lady' of the district, which is currently celebrating its 97th anniversary.

It was an emotional reunion for the hundreds of college alumni on Friday, the anniversary of the ‘grand old lady'. The old students reminisced their fond association with the college, the teachers who taught them and the friendship they struck with other students.

The college has a history of producing illustrious characters such as Dr. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, former President of India, D. Sanjeevaiah, former Chief Minister of AP, U.R. Rao, Chairman, ISRO and a host of others who climbed to the top of the ladder in diverse fields.

Distinguished students

The alumni of the 97 years old Arts College have distinguished themselves at the national and international level. They have spread far and wide globally and done their alma mater proud by excelling as academicians, administrators, scientists, scholars, entrepreneurs and political leaders.

Former President of India Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan served as the faculty member of the college.

Former Municipal Chairman V. Prabhakar Choudhury, who immensely contributed to the development of the city, was an old student of the college as well.

The Minister for Revenue N. Raghuveera Reddy and the Minister for Primary Education Dr. S. Sailajanath, who were guests of honour at the 97th anniversary of the college, were also former students of the college.

Many old students were seen shedding tears of joy while expressing gratitude to the institution which made them who they were. Speeches of old students and cultural performances marked the anniversary celebrations.

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