Rabindranath Tagore National Anthem : Jana Gana Mana
Correspondent Dr. N. Vijaya Bhaskar Choudary, Ph.D.
The College was founded on the 19th July, 1915 through the pioneering efforts of
Dr.Annie Wood Besant and the noble band of Theosophical workers who came under her
inspiration especially her paternal uncle Prof. Ernest Wood. It was originally named
as Woods National College.The event will always be remembered as a land mark in the
history of Rayalaseema as the College was at that time, the only institution to cater
to the needs of higher education in this region. It also brought the people of the
area into closer contact with international programs for the propagation of culture
and spiritual ideals of the Theosophical Society and also the National movement for
political liberation under the inspiration of Dr.Annie Besant. After the demise of
Dr.Annie Besant it was named as Besant Theosophical College as a mark of gratitude
to this great soul. It was originally managed by the Theosophical Educational Trust
which later renamed as Besant Centenary Trust.