Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Srikakulam has been established by Andhra Pradesh State Government G.O vide MS No: 89 Higher Education (UE.II) Department dated 25/06/2008, with a view to augment the education facilities in the Srikakulam District and to cater to the educational needs of the people of the district. With G.O MS No: 138 Higher Education (UE.II) department dated 28/07/2008, Prof. S.V. Sudhakar, Department of Social Work, Andhra University has been appointed as the First Vice-Chancellor of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Srikakulam and he assumed the office of the Vice–Chancellor of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Srikakulam on 28/07/2008. G.O. MS No: 159 Higher Education (UE.II) Department dated 07/08/2008 transferred the existing Andhra University Campus at Etcherla to the Administrative control of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University-Srikakulam.
The State Government sanctioned 12 additional courses to this Centre, of which only four courses, viz., M.Com., M. Sc. Mathematics, B.L. and M.L.I. Sc. were actually started from the academic year 1988-1989 and two more courses viz. M.B.A. and M.L. were added in the year 1994. During the academic year 2005-2006, M.A. Education course was started and in the academic year 2006-2007, the University Administration introduced M.A. English, M.Sc. Organic Chemistry and M.C.A. Courses in the campus.
Presently the campus has 12 P.G. courses catering to the needs of 802 Post Graduate students and 27 research scholars working for their M. Phil. and Ph.D., and is backed up by 59 faculty members (22 regular teachers, and 37 teaching associates) and 72 non-teaching staff members (23 regular, 41 employees with Time Scale and 8 Contract Employees).
The University is located at Etcherla, Srikakulam District, Andhra Prdesh, India abutting the National Highway 5 (Chennai to Kolkata), and exactly 95 Kms away from Visakhapatnam towards Kolkata.