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About J.M.J College For Women


About Us

Established in 1963, Jesus Mary Joseph (JMJ) College for Women, Tenali, is a distinguished Minority Institution dedicated to empowering rural and economically disadvantaged girls. Registered under the Society Registration Act XXI of 1860, it stands as a beacon of academic excellence in Andhra Pradesh, welcoming students from across India for the past 61 years.

Our Legacy

Our journey traces back to the visionary efforts of Rev. Fr. Mathias Wolff S.J., founder of the JMJ Society in 1822 in the Netherlands, with the mission to provide education and liberation to Catholic girls. The architectural blueprint for our institution was crafted by Rev. Sr. Stanislaus Swamikannu Pillai, whose vision aimed to educate and empower rural girls.


On July 1st, 1963, our doors opened at the Municipal High School with an inaugural ceremony graced by His Lordship Bishop Ignatius and Sri Alapati Balaram Reddy, the then Educational Minister. With an initial enrollment of 75 Arts and Science Pre-University College students, our journey began with a commitment to nurturing young minds.

A Pioneering Legacy of Academic Excellence

Throughout its illustrious history, JMJ College for Women has cultivated a renowned reputation for pioneering academic excellence, drawing students not just from Andhra Pradesh but also from across the nation. Our unwavering commitment to delivering quality education and fostering holistic development has positively impacted numerous lives and propelled societal progress. Today, our institution stands as a beacon of hope for rural and economically disadvantaged girls, nurturing academic brilliance and fostering social empowerment. With over six decades of transformative education, we continue to illuminate paths toward a brighter future, shaping the minds and destinies of generations to come.


Our vision is to educate, enrich and empower the young girls, nurturing their academic excellence, fostering spiritual growth, and instilling noble principles to shape them to integrated forces for change, both at home and in society.


JMJ Higher Education aims to promote the intellectual development of rural youth, particularly those who are socially and economically marginalized, enabling them to serve society. We aim to cultivate competence, commitment, and compassion, moulding dynamic leaders and global citizens.

Aims & Objectives

Transforming girls into women of character and wisdom.
Modulating thoughts toward service and order.
Igniting minds with intellect and elegance.
Empowering hearts to lead with compassion and innovation.
Inculcating spiritual values essential for societal leadership.

Our Inspirational Journey

In its infancy, JMJ College faced formidable challenges, yet with divine providence and the support of visionaries like Sri Alapati Venkataramaih, former Cabinet Minister for Local Administration, A.P., and Sri Kanneganti Reddamma, then President of the Central Bank of Co-operative Society, Tenali, paved the way forward.

The foundation stone for the college's first wing was laid in December 1963 by Mother Marie-de-Montfort, the Superior General of the Society, and Sri Alapati Venkataramaiah. By 1965, it launched B.Sc courses and relocated to a permanent site, gaining UGC recognition.

Under the visionary leadership of Rev. Sr. Anna Maria Gali, the first Principal, the college flourished, adding infrastructure and academic offerings. In 1969, Intermediate courses were introduced, further enhancing educational opportunities.

In 1976, the college was affiliated with Acharya Nagarjuna University, solidifying its academic standing. By 1982, the General Inspection Committee, led by Prof. D. Bhaskar Reddy, then Vice Chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University, recognized JMJ College as one of the best in the university.

Today, JMJ College epitomizes resilience and excellence, molding intellectually competent, morally upright, socially committed, and spiritually inspired women in the spirit of Christian humanism.

Society of JMJ

The Society of Jesus Mary Joseph came to existence under the above title for the education of young girls. It started in India with the arrival of seven Dutch missionaries in Guntur, A.P., India on February 24, 1904. In 1962 the Indian province obtained autonomy. The formation of three autonomous provinces - Bangalore, Guntur and Hyderabad took place in July 1987. In 2009 a fourth province namely Raipur Province was erected in Chattisgarh. The Society has 1,238 members working in various countries of Netherlands, Indonesia, Africa, (Ghana) Rome, India and America (New Mexico). The Charism of the Society is "Ever Adaptable Apostolic Availability". According to the needs of the times and places, the Society takes up various apostolates and ministres. The members devote themselves to Medical, Educational, Pastoral and Social works.

110 years ago, the Society of JMJ that made a humble beginning with just seven Dutch sisters, has 100 communities all over the country, serving in 145 institutions of schools, colleges, technical training schools, hospitals, schools and colleges of nursing, health centres, social work centres for development of women and tribals, community colleges for school drop-outs, homes for the aged, handicapped, integrated school for the blind, lepers, HIV / AIDS counseling centres etc.

The JMJ Society in India is ever ready and open to the signs of the times to spread the kingdom of God which is a kingdom of peace, love and justice among our Indian people.

Founder Society of JMJ
Rev.Fr.Mathias Wolff

Historical Milestones (1963-2004)

1963 College established with PU Courses.
1963 Block 1 –Main Block
1964 Introduction of BA Course.
1965 Commencement of B.Sc Course.
1969 Commencement of Intermediate Section
1969 Established Vanitha Hostel
1971 Introduction of B.Com course.
1971 St.Stanislaus Block –Hostel
1972 Construction of Jyothi Hostel and Administrative Block in the college.
1972 College recognized under Section 2 (f) & 12 (B) of the UGC Act, 1956 on 17-06-1972
1975 Block II –Home Science Block
1975 Introduction of Home Science Course.
1976 Affiliation to Acharya Nagarjuna University
1978 Mini Auditorium
1981 Block III Commerce Block (Global School)
1982 Recognition as one of the best colleges by ANU
1982 Introduction of COSIP & COHSSIP.
1985 Establishment of the Open Air Stage.
1989 Celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Covent and College.
1990 Establishment of a spacious library.
1997 Introduction of Vocational Courses for Intermediate students.
1998 Commencement of NCC.
1999 Establishment of JMJ Community College, the first community college in Andhra Pradesh, providing skill training like Tailoring & Embroidery, Medical Lab Technology, Computer Applications, and Nursery Teachers Training for dropouts.
1999 First Cycle Accreditation by NAAC at **** level.
2000 Establishment of Hostel Maris Block sponsored by University Grants Commission (UGC).
2000 Establishment of a Grotto of Our Lady to mark the Jubilee Year.
2001 Launch of P.G courses MCA, M.Sc. Computers, and M.Sc Mathematics.
2003 Introduction of M.Sc. Chemistry.
2004 Establishment of JMJ Centenary Memorial Auditorium

Succession Of The Principals

1. Sr. Anna Maria 1963 - 1968
2. Sr. Theresaline 1968 - 1969
3. Sr. Pauline Joseph 1969 - 1973
4. Sr. Rosina 1973 - 1987
5. Sr. Mercy Chacko 1987 - 1993
6. Sr. Thomasina .M 1993 - 1994
7. Dr. Sr. Jacintha .N 1994 - 1995
8. Sr. Stella Maris .B 1995 - 1999
9. Dr. Sr. Jacintha .N 1999 - 2000
10. Dr. Sr. Rosalina .G 2000 - 2010
11. Dr. Sr. Jacintha .N 2010 - 2011
12. Dr. Sr. Mareelu .K 2011 - 2013
13. Dr. Sr. Rosalina G. 2013 - 2014
14. Sr. Shiny K.P. 2014 -

Autonomous Status, Expansion and Achievements (2005-2018)

2005 Conferment of Autonomous Status
2005 Establishment of SWADHAR, a Central Govt. Scheme for women in difficult circumstances, as part of the Social Service Unit.
2006 MBA Block –Block IV
2006 2nd Cycle Reaccreditation by NAAC at B++ level.
2006 Establishment of Alumni Association.
2008 Women’s Hostel by UGC Fund (SWADHAR)
2010 Conferment of CPE (College with Potential for Excellence) status.
2011 Best Eco-Friendly Campus Award by AcharyaNagarjuna University.
2012 Awards for Best Laboratory and Eco-Friendly Campus by ANU
2013 Best Eco-Friendly Campus and Best Library Award by Acharya Nagarjuna University.
2013 3rd Cycle Reaccreditation by NAAC at B Grade with CGPA 2.75/4.
2013 Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Covent & College.
2013 JMJ College was among the three in Andhra Pradesh chosen to offer NCC as an Elective Subject.
2014 Best Eco-Friendly Campus Award by Acharya Nagarjuna University.
2015 Rev.Fr.Mathias Wolff , our Founder Grotto
2015 M. Dhana Lakshmi Bai, M.Sc Mathematics received AP Prathibha Award.
2016 Best Laboratory Award by AcharyaNagarjuna University.
2016 Recognition as one of the Best Colleges of Andhra Pradesh in India, ranking 12th place by NAFSA.
2017 Inauguration of new Women hostel-St.Joseph’s Block
2017 121st Position in the Country for National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Ranking.
2017 Establishment of Mathias Wolff Research Center.
2017 APSSDC Employability Skill Center.
2017 Best Laboratory Award by AcharyaNagarjuna University.
2018 Received Swachha Bharat Award 2018 from the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Vijayawada
2018 Certification of ISO 9001:2015.
2018 Introduced two B.Voc. Courses, namely Software Development and Accounting & Taxation, sanctioned by UGC under the NSQF (National Skills Qualifications Framework).

Recent Achievements and Recognition (2019-2024)

2019 4th Cycle Reaccreditation by NAAC at B++ Grade, 2.93/4 CGPA
2019 Autonomous status extended to 2022.
2019 Inaugurated JMJ Health Centre sponsored by UGC.
2019 Received Swachhta hi Seva 2019 Award.
2019 Best Library Award from ANU.
2019 ISO Certification 9001:2015 for quality education.
2020 Foundation stone laid for a new block under RUSA.
2020 Introduced Four Diploma Skill-Based Programmes under NSQF.
2020 ISO Certification for quality education.
2020 Received Prathibha Puraskarala Award.
2020 ISO Certifications for Greenery, Hygiene, and Energy Saving Practices.
2021 College ranked 122nd in India by EW India Autonomous Colleges Rankings.
2021 B.Sc student Harshitha Davuluri achieved World Record
2021 Launched the Skill Hubs Initiative Program named "Web Developer" specifically for individuals who have discontinued their education, as part of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) during the academic year 2021-22.
2022 Inauguration of Multipurpose Gymnasium
2022 College ranked 117th in India by EW India Autonomous Colleges Rankings.
2022 Received ISO Certifications: Good Hygiene Practices, ISO 50001:2011, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9001:2015.
2022 Certificate of Appreciation for voluntary contribution to the community
2022 Student K. Rishithavi, II B.A. Economics was honored with Dr. Ambedkar National Merit Award Rs.40,000/-
2022 Celebrated Bicentenary Jubilee of JMJ Congregation
2023 Celebrated College Diamond Jubilee (60Years).
2023 Introduction of 3 new UG Courses: B.Sc Agriculture & Rural Development, B.Sc Data Science, BBA.
2023 Organized Art & Science Exhibition-2023.
2023 Extension of Autonomous Status from 2022-23 to 2026-27.
2023 Introduction of Single Major Programmes from the academic year 2023-24.
2024 Installation of a new transformer
2024 Inspection Committee visit from IGNOU for Study Centre exploration.

Commitment to Excellence

Over the years, JMJ College has earned accolades for its commitment to quality education, receiving awards and accreditations. We prioritize holistic development through extracurricular activities, sports, NCC, NSS, AICUF, cultural events, skill development, and women empowerment initiatives.

State-of-the-Art Infrastructure

Our campus proudly features modern facilities, including spacious classrooms, fully equipped laboratories, computer labs, E-learning classrooms, and advanced Cyber World with internet facilities. Additional amenities include administrative blocks, SMART Boards, language labs, seminar halls, and eco-friendly initiatives.

Dedicated Faculty & Staff

With a dedicated team of teaching and non-teaching staff, we provide mentoring systems, certificate courses, EAMCET coaching, placement services, and ICT-based teaching to ensure a comprehensive educational experience.

Empowering Generations

JMJ College remains steadfast in its mission to empower rural girls, consistently achieving commendable results and fostering holistic development. Our enduring commitment to quality education and community service positions us as a beacon of educational excellence.

Looking Ahead

As we adapt to the evolving educational landscape, JMJ College remains committed to growth, innovation, and lasting impact. With a legacy of excellence and a vision for the future, we continue to shape the leaders of tomorrow, leaving an indelible mark on generations to come.

College Prayer

God, our Father I praise and thank You
for giving me this day.

I offer myself, totally to You
my mental powers,
my talents, my abilities
and all that I am.

Accept me my Lord, my will, my mind, my heart
and all that I do today.

Bless my every effort, to do my duty,
and study diligently.

Bless my parents,
teachers, companions
and everyone I meet today,

Lord I trust that Your unfailing love
will guide, guard
and protect me always
Almighty God,
You who are always
faithfull to Your promises,
be with me
when I call upon You,

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in Heaven.
Give us to-day our daily bread,
forgive us our tresspasses
as we forgive
those who tresspass against us.
And lead us not into temptation.
deliver us from evil.

Our Correspondents

1. Sr. Asuntha Singareddy 1963 - 64
2. Sr. Immaculate Thumma 1964 - 68
3. Sr. Annunciata Singareddy 1968 - 70
4. Sr. Rosina Antony 1970 - 75
5. Sr. Inviolata Gade 1975 - 80
6. Sr. Stella Maris Bellamkonda 1980 - 82
7. Sr. Virgo Gali 1982 - 85
8. Sr. Stella Maris Bellamkonda 1985 - 86
9. Sr. Thomasina Maliakal 1986 - 90
10. Sr. Chinnamma Kuluru 1990 - 94
11 Sr. Regina Chinnappan 1994 - 96
12. Sr. Theckla Gade 1996 - 97
13. Sr. Rojalu Pudota 1997 - 02
14. Sr. Anna Gertrude Narisetti 2002 - 03
15. Sr. Apollonia Reddimasi 2003 - 07
16. Dr. Sr. Mary Thomas Maliakal 2007 - 13
17. Sr. Stella Maris Bellamkonda 2013 -

State Best Teacher Awards

1. Dr. K. Nirmala Devi, M.Sc., Ph.D 1997
2. Dr. B. Jyothi Swarupa Rani, M.A., Ph.D. 1998
3. Smt. K. Sailaja, M.Sc. 2013
4. Smt. C. Rajasree, M.Sc. 2014

Special Occasions

College Day

College Day is an occasion to recognize and reward academic accomplishments. Meritorious students who have excelled in academic, co-curricular and extra curricular activities are awarded prizes and certificates. It is also a forum for the students to showcase their creative and cultural talents on stage.

Independence and Republic Day

Independence Day and Republic Day are celebrated with great patriotic fervor, with many programmes based on specific themes on National Integration.

Teachers Day

The college celebrates Teacher’s Day as a tribute to the hard work and devotion of the teachers. This day provides for a healthy interaction between teachers and students as well. On this day, the final degree students take classes for the other classes. This make them to feel that, they also will be a teacher one day. The management felicitates the teaching as well as the non- teaching staff on this occasion.

Father's Day

It has been the tradition of JMJ College to extend a hearty Welcome to the “Fresher’s” in the beginning of Academic year. The purpose is to orient the students to the culture, values and curriculum of the college. The senior students too, as a welcoming gesture, organize a cultural programme. Both seniors and juniors look forward to this event as a day of fun and excitement.

Farewell Day

The Farewell day is no less exciting. However it is a day of mixed feelings, for the seniors. This is the time when the juniors take over, not only to bid farewell, but also to express the spirit of camaraderie that has developed amongst them.