Maharajah's College shortly M. R. College (Telugu: మహారాజా కళాశాల) is one of the oldest colleges in India. This glorious institution founded by Sri Pusapati Vijaya Rama Gajapathi Raj-III, the then Maharajh of Vijayanagaram princely state, has its roots in the Middle-school started in the year 1857. It is later branched out as a High-school in 1868 and finally blossomed into a fully fledged college in the year 1879.
Since its inception the college is catering to the needs of the downtrodden and economically weaker section people of the society by imparting quality ‘Higher Education’ with minimal fees. Maharajah Alak Narayan Society of Arts and Sciences (MANSAS), the brainchild of Rajasaheb, Dr.P.V.G.Raju, came into existence in 1959 with the objective of bringing in relevant and comprehensive education to the door steps of common man. After the demise of Dr. P.V.G. Raju, in 1995, his illustrious sons, Dr P. Anand Gajapathi Raju took reigns as Chairman and Sri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, M.L.A. as Vice-Chairman of MANSAS leading the path of their visionary father.
The institution is recognized by U.G.C. under 2(f) and 12(B) of U.G.C. act and got autonomous status in 1987.The College is accredited with NAAC – “B” grade in March, 2009. The college offers more than 15 U.G. Programmes in B.A., B.Com and B.Sc. with varied subjects like Geology, Agriculture, Statistics, Social Work, H.R.M. and B.B.M.. Post Graduated courses in Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry are commenced in 2009 and 2010 respectively. The college, with well established laboratories, mini-cricket stadium, vast play ground, students attached hostel with more than 600 inmates, N.C.C. and N.S.S. ( for both boys and girls), has carved a niche for itself as the ‘Premier Institution of Higher Education’ in North Coastal Andhra Pradesh.