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Kandukuri Veeresalingam was born to Punnamma and Subbarayadu on 16th of April 1848 at Rajahmundry. He lost his father at the age of four. In spite of several hardships and hurdles, Veeresalingam progressed in life showing unmatched courage, hard work and dedication. He married Rajyalakshmi in 1861. He started his career as a headmaster in a school at Korangi near Dowleshwaram. Later he joined the Government College Rajahmundry as a Telugu Pandit. He later joined the Presidency College as the head of the department of Telugu and worked there till 1904.

He started a magazine entitled “Vivekavardhini” and used it educate people against social evils. Veresalingam was inspired by the founder of “Brahmasamaj” Sri Raja Ram mohan Roy’s philosophy and became his follower. He joined the “Ekeswaradhana” movement and established prayer halls in Rajahmundry, Bangalore and Madras. Pained by the deplorable situation of child widows, Veeresalingam advocated widow remarriage. In spite of facing heavy odds and opposition from various sections of the society, he performed the first widow remarriage on 11th December 1881.

He started widows home, an orphanage and schools and colleges. He started “Hitakarinisamaj” to take care and administer all these establishments. He influenced the starting of a girls’ high school in 1874 at Dowleshwaram. In 1881 he personally started a girls’ high school in Innispet, Rajahmundry in 1907. It later came to be known as Hitakarini High School. The principal patron and donor for the construction of the school building, the Maharaja of Pithapuram, rechristened it as Veeresalingam Theistic High School.

Veeresalingam wrote several satires and books that included “The History of poets”, an autobiography, a book on Natural science, a translated drama and many more. Most of them are the first amongst their genre in Telugu. The then government bestowed him with the title “Rao Bahadur”.


Smt Rajayalakshmi stood by his a devout and dedicated wife in all his endeavors to eliminate social evils. Smt Rajyalakshmi breathed her last on 12th August 1910 and Sri Veeresalingam left for physical body on 27th May 1919. The institutions started by him are still flourishing and growing to this day. Every one of us should strive sincerely to carry forward the principles and philosophy of Sri Veeresalingam.

The renaissance of Indian art and literature, industrial revolution, British rule have all contributed to social reform movement in our country. A strong and vociferous advocate against the practice of barbaric and uncultured act of “Sati”, Raja Ram mohan Roy can be called as the pioneer of social reform movement in India. If it was Raja Ram Mohan Roy in the North, then it was Rao Bahadur Veeresalingam who led the movement in the South. Verresalingam worked relentlessly towards the abolition of cultural, economic and religious disparities in the society. Enlightened by the reform movement political leaders had realized the importance of education and at the dawn of the 20th century started establishing educational institutions. With the soul purpose of spreading education, well know poet of that time, Chilakamarthi Lakshminarasimham stated a Hindu middle school. Sri Kandukuri Veeresalingam adopted this school on behalf of Hitakarinisamaj on 16th September 1907. This was upgraded to a high school in 1909. There was no looking back from then on as the institution grew from and strength to strength in both extent and activities. It is now producing several scholars and is a well known premier institute in the region.

With a generous donation of Rs 75, 000/- from the Maharaja of Pithapuram R. Surya Rao, the construction of the college building was taken up. It was inaugurated by a well known social activist and Calcutta City College principal Sri Heramba Chandramitra on 27th November 1911. On a request from the Maharaja of Pithapuram, the school was rechristened as Veeresalingam High School. It later evolved into Veeresalingam Theistic High School. It was upgraded to a higher secondary school on 16th June 1959. It grew up to the status of Veeresalingam Theistic Junior College on 15th August 1970.

With city of Rajahmundry growing in extent and population, it needed another degree college to cater to the growing demands. The then secretary and correspondent of Hitakarinisamaj took the initiative and got the permission sanctioned for starting a degree college under affiliation to Andhra University. The college was started as a coeducation college offering B. Com course. It was then extended to B A in both Telugu and English mediums and B. Sc in English medium. From 1980 – 81 statistics is being offered as an optional subject in B A and B Sc classes in both English and Telugu mediums. B Sc classes with computers combination were started from 1997 – 98. M Sc (organic chemistry) and M Com classes from 2003 – 04, M Sc (analytical chemistry) from 2005 – 06 and M Sc Botany from 2007 – 08 were started in the college. Today, approximately 2000 students are studying in this college.

“Vidya Bheeshma” Dr. Meduri Ramakrishna, Sri Chilakamarthi Lakshminarasimham, Sri Jayanthi Ganganna can be called as the corner stones of this great institution. The college, since its inception continued in the high school compound. It was running on shift basis since 1979 till it was partially moved to the Anandashram compound, in Danavaipet, in 1993 October. The Hitakarini Trust Board under the presidentship of Sri Cherukuri Veera Raju worked for the all round development of the college. 1997, the college was ceremonially shifted from the building in Innispet to a newly constructed one in Anandashram premises in Danavaipet. Sri Adireddy Apparao extended the college buildings later. With the construction of Hitakarini centenary building, in the year 2005, under the stewardship of Sri Challa Sankara Rao, the college’s infrastructure requirements were completely fulfilled. The college now has a sprawling campus with playground, well equipped labs, furnished classrooms and all the infrastructural facilities befitting a degree college.

It is our duty to carry forward the legacy and philosophy of a great social reformer and educationist Rao Bahadur Kandukuri Veeresalingam.

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