To generate sources of knowledge that dispel ignorance and establish truth through teaching, learning and research.
The university is the outgrowth initiative of the post-graduate centre of Andhra University, which was established in 1967 in the Nallapadu area of Guntur, subsequently relocated to the Nambur/Kaza area in the east of the city. The centre gained affiliating-university status in 1976 and would open with ten post-graduate courses. The university is named after Acharya Nagarjuna, the founder of the Madhyamaka path of Mahayana Buddhism.
1. To inspire and encourage all who would seek knowledge through higher education and research. 2. To provide quality instruction and research for the advancement of science and technology. 3. To bridge the gap between theory and practice of the principles of higher education.