UGC granted Autonomous Status to NBKR Institute of Science and Technology, Vidyanagar, Nellore, A.P. under the UGC Autonomous Colleges Scheme for a period of six years w.e.f. the academic year i.e. 2013-2014 to 2018-19.
NBKRIST is the only college from SPSR Nellore district got awarded CPE status by UGC, New Delhi.Out of 398 Engineering Colleges in Andhra Pradesh only six (6) got this status.