Lucknow University was set up as a result of the far-reaching recommendations of the Sadler Commission which had been set up in 1917 to just investigate the "“conditions and prospects of the University of Calcutta".
The Honorable Raja Sir Muhammad Ali Mohammad Khan of Mahmudabad made a strong plea in the Pioneer for the creation of a separate University at Lucknow which was reinforced by all the Taluqdars of Awadh. Sir Harcourt Butler, the then Lt. Governor of United Provinces gave active support to the idea.
Lucknow University was established in law by the Governor General on November 25, 1920. Sir Harcourt Butler laid the foundation stone of the University on March 19, 1921, and Dr. Gyanendra Nath Chakravarti became its first vice-chancellor. On July 17, 1921 classes commenced.
The expansion of the University began with generous support from the Taluqdars and the Government and within twenty five years, the University had established itself as a respected seat of learning in the country and was specially famous for the teaching of English Literature. The famous teachers being Prof Dhurjati Prasad Mukhopadhyay (Economics), Radhakamal & Radhakumud Mukhopadhyay (History) Professor Nirmal Kumar Sidanth, Birbal Sahni, Laurence Brander, R. R. Sreshta and Ahmed Ali (English).A prominent role for the expansion of Arts, Science and Medicine faculties was played by Nirmal Chandra Chaturvedi, one of the most active members of the Executive Council from 1942 to 1974 who was also elected as the Honorary Treasurer of the University. Presently, it is one of the largest universities in India with over 101 affiliated colleges and over 100,000 students.
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Ahmed Ali, stood first class and First in the order of merit in both B.A.(Hons), 1930 and M.A. English Literature, 1931 and received the White Memorial Gold Medal & scholarship and the Jhallawar Gold Medal; author of Twilight in Delhi, Ocean of Night, Of Rats & Diplomats, The Golden Tradition, Angare, Al-Qur'an: A Contemporary Translation; see education and science above.
Ali Jawad Zaidi, noted poet, critic, writer, freedom fighter and Padmashri awardee.