The redundancy in the name is necessary. The Post Graduate College of Science, started in 1951, has long since branched off into an Undergraduate Department
. And the PG block has now moved into a rakish new building with a reflecting glass visage in the prevailing style.
From Computational Physics to Applied Palaeophytology (the only college in India that offers it), this college offers some rather exotic subjects. Students pool here from all over AP, and come out ready for the picking by organisations like Wipro, Dr. Reddy's and CSIR. The greater percentage, though, moves into the teaching line. The only Masters in Applied Mathematics in AP, apart from the OU campus one, is the one offered here. And that makes these students the rare breed who are qualified to teach in engineering colleges.
OU campus shares professors with this college, and Saturdays bring experts in their subjects from Central University
, as guest speakers.
Sporting opportunities, as expected from a government college, are luxuriously ample. While the campus itself has facilities for badminton and indoor games, the football field adjacent to the hostel is in some dispute about the right to its usage. So currently the students don't make as much use of it as they would like to.
The best part about this campus is that it's every bit as beautiful as OU, has equally solid courses, but happens to be bang in the middle of city.
While the course on the whole would score average when it comes to curriculum, faculty and infrastructure, it's the rarity of subjects on the offer here that sells them. So if you are a beat-out-your-own-path kind, junk the glossier new colleges and come the good old government college way.