Although it was founded in 1946, the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur (JNTU Anantapur or JNTUA) was a constituent college until 1972, when the Jawarharlal Nehru Technological University Act set it up. It was granted autonomous status in 2008.
After JNTU Kakinada in Andhrapradesh, it is one of the best engineering colleges in the region.
Comprising four constituent colleges and a research institute, JNTU Anantapur also recently gained a new examination block and auditorium. There is the JNTUA College of Engineering, based in Ananthapuramu, the College of Engineering, based in Pulivendula, a second College of Engineering, based in Kalikiri and finally the JNTUA Oil Technological and Pharmaceutical Research Institute (OTPRI), based in Ananthapuramu.
Based in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, the campus covers 155 acres.
Anantapur is a city in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, located 356km from Hyderabad and 484km from Vijayawanda. It was an important position for strategics for the British Indian Army in World War Two. Telugu is the most widely spoken language, and the region’s official language. Urdu, Kannada and English are also spoken in the region.
It is an important educational centre for the district, which is home to many schools, universities and colleges. Besides JNTU Anantapur, there is the Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Sri Sathya Sai University, the Government Medical College and Arts College.