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Proud alma mater

The famous revolutionary Alluri Sitaramaraju was a student of Mrs. A.V.N. College. Sitaramaraju tried to overthrow the British Raj by dint of force at a time when Mahatma Gandhi launched the non-cooperation movement based on the ideology of non-viole nce. A native of Mogallu in West Godavari district, Sitaramaraju was born at Pandrangi, his mother’s birthplace, in Vizianagaram district.

He joined Mrs. A.V.N. College in the fourth form when he was 14 years old in 1912. It is said that during that time he was attracted to a girl named Sita, sister of a local zamindar, and wanted to marry her. But for some reasons it did not materialise and he was shifted to Naraspur in 1913 to continue his studies. Later, when he heard of Sita’s demise, he changed his name from Ramaraju to Sitaramaraju.

He left his studies to achieve swaraj for the country. He mobilised the tribal people of East Godavari and destroyed police stations at Chintapalli, Narsipatnam, K.D. Peta and other places. The British were shocked by his lightening attacks. His name echoed in the House of Commons and even Mahatma Gandhi enquired about him in the National Congress Session at Kakinada. The British sent a strong force to quash the rebellion under the command of Rutherford. The ensuing battles depleted Raju’s forces and he was shot down when he tried to escape.

Some still believe that the body seized by the English forces was not of Sitaramaraju and he hoodwinked the British and escaped to Burma. The former Chairman of Rajahmundry Municipality and freedom fighter Krovidi Lingaraju also carried the same opinion about Sitaramaraju’s escape, as the British did not announce his death immediately. The founder Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University C.R. Reddy also demanded an enquiry in the Madras Legislative Council, which was tactfully avoided. (Contributed by Ch. Mutyalayya Naidu)

Emblem design

The emblem of Andhra Medical College was designed by the first principal of the college, Lt. Col. Frederick Jasper Anderson. He was a professor in anatomy and surgery. Later, two gold medals in anatomy and surgery were instituted in his name.

The best outgoing student is also awarded the Anderson Memorial Medal.

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