Shri Durgaprasad Saraf College of Arts & Applied Sciences was established on 03-09-1975 byM/s. Ferro Alloys Corporation Ltd., Shreeramnagar, under the aegis of Shreeram Vidyapeeth (Regd.) in the name of its founder and visionary Shree Durgaprasadji. In the year 1977, a new campus with palatial buildings, well equipped laboratories Library and reading room facilities was created. The campus was located on a 18.52 acre plot in calm and quiet surroundings with an imposing hill as a backdrop and a mango garden by its side providing shade and beauty to the campus.
The management of the institution has taken into cognizance, the changing context in which the institutions of Higher Educations are functioning in the country. The Ferro Alloys Corporation, a leading Ferro Alloys manufactures of the Country started the institution with a noble intention to contribute to national development by serving the cause of social justice, ensuring equity and increasing access to higher education to the rural poor of the neighborhood and children of its work force. Shreeramnagar, popularly known as Garividi, is an industrial township. People from all walks of life with cultural pluralities and diversities live in this place. So there was another need that came into focus is that the students of this locality should imbibe values commensurate with social, cultural economic and environmental realities at the local, national and international levels.
With all these values in mind, when opportunity presented it self the management opted for autonomous status. Recognizing its pioneering efforts in innovative education and its excellent academic record and the management’s commitment for meaningful and quality education, the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, on the recommendations of the Andhra University and the Government of Andhra Pradesh, conferred Autonomous status on the college from 12-05.1987. Thus within twelve years of its existence SDS College of Arts & Applied Sciences, Shreeramnagar, could carve out a place of its own in the field of higher education in the country.