Andhra-Christian College, popularly known as AC College, is one of the oldest colleges in India. AC College is part of the educational enterprise of the Protestant churches. The College admits intermediate, under-graduate and graduate students and awards degrees through the Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjunanagar to which it is affiliated.
Saint George is the patron saint of this College. At the entrance of the college itself, the
patron saint's image slaying the dragon is found.
Priests of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church administer the College.
, the college motto is ET COGNOSCETIS VERITATEM ET VERITAS LIBERABIT VOS
which translates into English as ...And you shall know the truth: and the truth shall make you free.
It was established in 1885 in Guntur City, one of the first colleges in India to offer graduate programs. Missionaries of the Protestant traditions established the College as part of their educational endeavour.
The then United Lutheran Church in America (ULCA) through Rev. Fr. John Christian Frederick Heyer (known as Father Heyer) established the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church on July 31, 1842
Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church
(AELC) through its Board of Education administers the College.
The College consists of three entities, viz.,
- Day College
- Evening College
- College of Law
Pre-University or Intermediate courses are offered by the College. The College is affiliated to the Board of Intermediate Education, Hyderabad, a regulatory authority for pre-university courses in Andhra Pradesh.
The following are the course combinations available:
A few of the notable alumni include:
- Dewan Bahadur T. S. Paulus
- Luther Richardson, Kolluri, Rev. (2003). "Towards Self-Reliance : A historical survey of the programmes and efforts of Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1927-1969, Published by Christopher and Kanakaiah, Vijayawada".
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