The college owes its existence to the keen interest of Late Kandula Obul Reddy to develop technical education in Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. With a view to translating his noble ideal of imparting technical education into reality, a Technical Training Institute at Vempalli, Kadapa District was started in 1979 under the aegis of Sri Kandula Obul Reddy charities. It is in the year 1980 that K.S.R.M. College of Engineering was established to perpetuate the memory of Late Sri. Srinivasa Reddy, youngest son of Late Sri Obul Reddy. Sri Srinivasa Reddy, a brilliantstudent of III year Mechanical Engineering at Delhi College of Engineering, New Delhi, met with his untimely death in a scooter accident on 18th Oct, 1979.
The college was formally inaugurated on 14 November 1980 by Sri T. Anjaiah, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and it started functioning from the academic year 1980-81.
The college had its modest beginnings in 1980 with an intake of 160 students with core branches – Civil, Electrical & Electronics, Electronics & Communications and Mechanical Engineering. With the conserted efforts of the Management and the Principal, the departments have been strengthened year after year and the intake has steadily been increased to 570 by the year 2002. Keeping in view the latest trends, priorities and relevance in Engineering and Technology, the Board of Management decided to start Computer Science and Engineering in 1990 commemorating the decennial year of the college. A new branch Industrial & Production Engineering was started in 1997-98. At the dawn of new millennium, another fast emerging branch Information Technology was started. Later in the year 2002 another newer branch Instrumentation and Controls Engineering was started.
Furthering its sphere of activity, the college started Post graduate programme in Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an intake of 30 in the year 1995-96. The intake has been gradually increased to 40 in the year 1998-99 and 60 in the year 2001-02. By the year 2004-05, the intake rose to 120.
Another Post graduate course namely Master of Computer Applications (MCA) was started in 1999 with an intake of 30 and it has been increased to 60 in 2000. In the year 2004 the college has applied for M.Tech., programmes in Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering where in Mechanical Engineering CAD/CAM has been sanctioned and the sanction of the other two are awaited.
The branches have constantly been strengthened by increasing the intake from time to time. This reflects one aspect of the progress and development of the college.
The college with an aura of academic excellence is situated in a serene and congenial atmosphere 7 kms away from Kadapa town on Kadapa-Pulivendula state highway.