In the year 1959,Sri. Vallurupalli Nageswara Rao, founded 'Southern Engineering Works' (SEW) in Vijaywada, A.P. India, along with late Sri. Y. Purnachandra Rao and Sri. Y.M.G. Nageswara Rao as co-founders to pursue civil engineering construction activities. Part of the prestigious Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in Andhra Pradesh was the first project SEW e executed. The company was awarded a major dams such as, Tawa, Bargi, Bansagar, Hasdeo Bango, in Madhya Pradesh, Srisailam and Priyadarshini Jurala in Andhra Pradesh. In 1983, the company was converted to a Private Limited Company and named as SEW Constructions Ltd. In 2008, the company was renamed as SEW Infrastructure Ltd. to highlight commitment to infrastructure projects.
He belongs to the successful entrepreneurial community of Andhra that believed in paying back to society. VNRVJIET, top engineering institute in Hyderabad is named after him.