Sri Krishnadevaraya University had its beginning as the Post Graduate centre of Sri Venkateswara University in the year 1968. It has gained autonomy in the year 1976. Fulfilling the desires of the people of the region, the Autonomous Post Graduate centre was given the status of the University in the Year 1981.
It was conferred the status of an affiliating University in the year 1987. The University College offers
Sri Krishnadevaraya University is contributing to the cause of higher education through 112 affiliated degree colleges of which 7 are meant exclusively for women. The other colleges affiliated to the University include
Sri Krishnadevaraya University gained recognition as a centre of academic excellence, as it is accorded a four star status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. The Tenth Plan Visiting Committee's recommendations were highly positive in regard to the University's functioning.