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.
Prior to this, as a policy of extending higher education facilities to the backward regions of Srikakulam District, Andhra University, with U.G.C. Support, came forward to institute two disciplines viz. Economics and Rural Development at Post Graduate level in 1977-1978 at Srikakulam in the name and style of Andhra University Post Graduate Extension Centre, later as Andhra University Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Post Graduate Centre, still later as A.U. Campus Etcherla, Srikakulam, and presently as Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Srikakulam.
Initially the Centre was started in the South wing of Government Degree College (Men) and after acquisition of land and an old Zamindari Building at Etcherla, the Centre was shifted to the present campus on 29-09-1986.