About the College:

Andhra Loyola College was established in the year 1953 with Rev. Fr. Theo Mathias, S.J, as the first Principal. Through these 63 years, Andhra Loyola College has unfailingly occupied a premier position in imparting higher education with integral formation which involves academic excellence, spiritual growth, social commitment and value based leadership. In 1988, the UGC granted our College Autonomy in recognition of its contribution to the cause of higher education and it has excelled in the autonomous status in the last 25 years by experimentation and innovation.  In 2004, the College was conferred with the status of ‘A College with Potential for Excellence’ by the UGC. The College has been reaccredited by NAAC at grade A with 3.65 out of 4 points.

About the Department:

The Department of Botany is one of the unique Departments since the inception of the College with its well established Labs, Inter-disciplinary Research Lab, Botanical Garden,Herbal Garden, well organized Herbarium and recently added Green House. The Department is well organized with an aim to provide a green lungs for the inhabitants of Vijayawada – the commercial city of Andhra Pradesh. Gradually, it became a dynamic and vibrant Department, focusing on conservation of plant biodiversity. Over the years, it has made significant contributions in the field of ex situ and in situ conservation and assessment of genetic diversity of various groups of plants and its related aspects. With strengthening of scientific manpower and laboratory facilities, it expanded into areas of research.


From Principal's Desk:

As a reference center for all matters pertaining to plant resources of the region, ALC-H is RPRCendeavoring to collect, conserve and propagate species of specialized and uniqueplant communities. The centerboasts of a diverse collection of medicinal plants, trees of rare and endangered species in its arboretum. The living collection of  rare plants  got a boost last year, with the addition of a number of wild  species, made possible due to arduous exploration undertaken in unexplored forest areas in Andhra Pradesh and adjoining states. All the living collections, seed accessions, herbarium collections, etc., are also recently put on the web for access to the public. The thrust of the research in the institute has been realigned to make it socially relevant.

My special thanks to Sri D. Lakshman Rao garu, a former Head of the Department, who initiated this Herbarium and rendered his services to innovate from time to time in developing this for 35 years relentlessly. I wholeheartedly congratulate Dr.Mrs.B.Siva Kumari, the present HOD for taking the lead in this endeavour to make our herbarium more technological and contemporary. I also appreciate the idea of converting the herbarium into its virtual form.  Special thanks to III B.Sc. Botany students who got involved in this work.


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