Prof. (Dr.) S. Surya Prakash, took the charge of Vice-Chancellor, Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam on 24thDecember, 2018. Earlier he worked as Vice-Chancellor, Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad. Before joining at Aurangabad he was working as Professor of Law, National Law Institute University, Bhopal.
Visakhapatnam’s history stretches back to the 6th Century BC and the city finds mention in Ancient texts such as the 4th Century BC writings of Panini and Katyayana. Historically considered part of the Kalinga region, it was rules by the Vengi Kingdom and the Pallava and Eastern Ganges dynasties during medieval times. Archaeological records suggest that the present city was built around the 11thand 12th Centuries AD by the Choladynasty king Kulothunga I control over the city fluctuated between the Chola dynasty of Tamil Nadu and GapatiKingdom of Odisha until its conquest by the VijayanagaraEmpire in the 15th Century. In the 16th century it was conquered by the Mughals. European powers eventually setup trading interests in the city and Visakhapatnam came under French at the end of the 18th century.