It was as a result of the collective initiative taken by the Swamijis of the eight Mutts of Udupi that Poornaprajna College came into being in 1960. Later, in 1962, as it was felt that a single administrative body would be better placed and equipped to monitor the various facets of the administration of the college, its maintenance and governance were entrusted to Sri Admar Mutt Education Council, a registered society which functioned under the presidentship of H.H. Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji of Sri Admar Mutt.
Initially, the College offered only Arts and Commerce streams. Subsequently, science courses were introduced at the P.U. level in 1963.
In 1972, the Government of Karnataka, extended the duration of the PU. Course by one year-and the new two-year P.U. Course remained composite with the degree course at Poornaprajna College till 2001.
Following a policy decision of the Government to bifurcate the P.U. course from the Degree Course, P. U. Colleges in Karnataka were granted separate entity since 2001. Private managements were given a choice to opt out of the grant-in-aid scheme and run their hitherto aided PU sections, purely unaided. Weighing the pros and cons of exercising this option, the Management of our college felt that the cause of education would be better served if the college came out of the grant ambit. Accordingly, our college is functioning as an unaided educational institution with the name "Poornaprajna Unaided Pre-University College, Udupi" an off-shoot of the original name since the academic year2002-2003.
H.H. Swamiji had dreamt of making our college numero uno within not too distant future and it is a matter of great satisfaction for all as that the college is making a steady progress towards the fulfilment of the dream of its founder President. H. H. Sri Vishwapriya Theertha Swamiji, the present President of the College Committee, is following in the footsteps of his Guru and is ably guiding the committee to take the college to still greater heights.All the five former Principals of the college have contributed their bit in the all round growth of the college Mr.Sandeep Kumar, the present Principal of the college, is confident of building on the solid foundation laid by his predecessors and making the college bask in greater glory in the years to come. Towards this, he has the unflinching support of the experienced and dynamic teaching staff of the college who are admirably committed to their profession and college.