University of Lucknow

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University Of Lucknow
Motto Light and Learning
Established 1921
Type Public
Chancellor Mr Ram Naik (Governor of Uttar Pradesh)
Vice-Chancellor Prof. S B Nimse
Location Lucknow, India
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC

University Of Lucknow or Lucknow University (LU) is a government owned Indian research university based in Lucknow. LU's old campus is located at University Road area of the city with a new campus at Jankipuram. Founded in 1867, LU is one of the oldest government owned institutions of Indian higher education.

LU's alumni contains Former President Of India, governors of various Indian States and acclaimed poets, Scholars and lyricists.

LU is organized into more than 146 colleges, and institutes, located throughout the city and other surrounding areas.[1]

It is affiliated to University Grants Commission; Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU); Association of Indian Universities (AIU); Distance Education Council (DEC). Other accreditations include National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC); National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE); Bar Council of India (BCI). It was affiliated to UGC in the year 1921.


The idea of establishing a university at Lucknow was conceived by Raja Sir Mohammad Ali Mohammad Khan, Khan Bahadur, K.C.I.E. of Mahmudabad. He contributed an article in then popular newspaper, The Pioneer, urging the foundation of a University at Lucknow. Later Sir Harcourt Butler was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of the United Provinces, and was also made Mohammad Khan's well-known interest in all matters, specially in educational matters. The first step to bring the University into being was taken when a General Committee of educationists and persons interested in university education appointed for the purpose, met in conference at Government House, Lucknow, on November 10, 1919. At this meeting Sir Harcourt Butler, being the chairman of the committee, outlined the proposed scheme for the new university.

After an elaborate discussion, it was later decided that Lucknow University should be a unitary, teaching, and residential University as recommended by the Calcutta University Mission, 1919, and should consist of Faculties of Arts, including Oriental Studies, Science, Medicine, Law, etc. Six sub-committees were formed, five of them to consider questions connected with the University and one to consider the arrangements for providing Intermediate Education. These sub-committees met during the months of November and December, 1919, and January, 1920; and the reports of their meetings were laid before a second Conference of the General Committee at Lucknow on January 26, 1920; their proceedings were considered and discussed, and the reports of five of the sub-committees were, after certain amendments, confirmed. The question of incorporation of the Medical College in the University, however, was for the time being left open for further discussion. At the close of the Conference, Rs. one lakh each from the Raja of Mahmudabad and Jahangirabad were announced as the capital funds.

The resolutions of the first Conference together with the recommendations of the sub-committees as confirmed at the second Conference were laid before a meeting of the Allahabad University on March 12, 1920, and it was decided to appoint a sub-committee to consider them and report to the Senate.

The report of the sub-committee was considered at an extraordinary meeting of the Senate on August 7, 1920, at which the Chancellor presided, and the scheme was generally approved. In the meantime the difficulty of incorporating the Medical College in the University had been removed. During April 1920, Mr. C.F. de la Fosse, the then Director of Public Instruction of the United Provinces, drew up a draft Bill for the establishment of the Lucknow University which was introduced in the Legislative Council on August 12, 1920. It was then referred to a Select Committee which suggested a number of amendments, the most important being the liberalising of the constitution of the various University bodies and the inclusion of a Faculty of Commerce. This bill, in an amended form, was passed by the Council on October 8, 1920. The Lucknow University Act, No. V of 1920, received the assent of the Lieutenant-Governor on November 1, and of the Governor-General on November 25, 1920.

The Court of the University was constituted in March, 1921 with the first meeting being held on March 21, 1921, at which the Chancellor presided. The other University authorities such as the Executive Council, the Academic Council, and Faculties came into existence in August and September, 1921. Other Committees and Boards, both statutory and otherwise, were constituted in course of time. On July 17, 1921, the University undertook teaching—both formal and informal. Teaching in the Faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, and Law was being done in the Canning College and teaching in the Faculty of Medicine in the King George's Medical College and Hospital. The Canning College was handed over to the University on July 1, 1922, although previous to this date the buildings, equipment, staff, etc., belonging to the Canning College had been ungrudgingly placed at the disposal of the University for the purposes of teaching and residence. The King George's Medical College and the King George's Hospital were transferred by the Government to the University on the March 1, 1921.

Eventually, The King George's Medical College (Today's King George's Medical University), The Canning College,The Isabella Thoburn College provided structural as well as educational and administrational help for the establishment of the university.[2]


Old Campus Of Lucknow University

In the early days, the Canning College had no building of its own, and its scene of its activity periodically changed as one or other building proved unsuitable or insufficient. During the first twelve years, the College was shifted from its original location, the Aminuddaulah Palace, to a number of places, one after another, including the Lal Baradari. At last, it was housed in its own building at Kaisar Bagh. The foundation stone of this new building was laid by the Viceroy, Sir John Lawrence, as far back as November 13, 1867, but the work of construction was not completed until 1878. On November 15 of that year, Sir George Couper, Lt. Commissioner of Avadh, formally opened the new building.

For well over 30 years the Canning College remained in the Kaisar Bagh building, but this site was not suitable for the development of a big residential institution. The provincial Government was prevailed upon to come to its assistance and it readily consented to purchase the college building for a sum of Rs. 2,10,000/- to house the Provincial Museum. In 1905 the Government handed over to the college the extensive walled garden of about 90 acres on the north of the river Gomti, popularly known as Badshah Bagh, originally a garden house of King Nasiruddin Haidar, and, since the pacification of Avadh, the Lucknow residence of the Maharaja of Kapurthala. Of the old royal building of this garden, only the Lal Baradari, one lofty and handsome gate and one canal are still present today.

After another financial aid by Maharaja Sir Bhagwati Singh of Balrampur, the implementation of a new building started taking shape. The plans of the building were entrusted to the well-known architect. Sir Swinton Jacob, who prepared an impressive design in the Indo-Saracenic style. The plans of the building were considered by the experts to be so distinctive and elegant that they were subsequently sent for demonstration at the Exhibition held in London on the occasion of Festival of Empire in 1911.

The Central Library of the university known as the Tagore Library is one of the richest libraries in the country. It was designed by Sir Walter Burley Griffin, the designer of Australian capital city of Canberra.[3] It has 5.25 lakh books, 50,000 journals and approximately 10,000 copies of approved Ph.D. and D.Litt. dissertations. The whole library is online with its own website.

For a healthy relationship among the teachers, students and non-teaching staff, the University has created three independent bodies - Lucknow University Teachers' Association, Lucknow University Students' Union and Lucknow University Karmachari Parishad.

The Students' Union has organized a few national seminars on relevant issues, worked in the direction of improving the living conditions of the students on the campus and in the hostels. It has also undertaken tree plantation and blood donation camps.

The University also provides residential facilities to teachers, students and non-teaching staff. There are over all 13 hostels for boys and girls in the University. Kailash Hall and the New Management Girls Hostel can house nearly 600 female students. Extra-curricular and employment needs of the students are taken care of by various centres and associations, such as, Delegacies, Athletic Association, Centre for Cultural Activities, Information and Employment Bureau and Centre for Information, Publication and Public Relations. An important feature of the University is the organisation of regular National Service Scheme programmes to create awareness for social service amongst the students. The University also imparts military training to the students through its NCC Wing The cadets of the Army. and Naval Wings contribute effectively to society by participating in activities like election duties, facilitating traffic control, blood donation, tree plantation, etc.

During the past 20 years there has been an extension of the University Campus. This is borne out by the fact that a huge and majestic building, as part of the New Campus, has been constructed on 75 acres of land provided by the State Government on Sitapur Road near Institute of Engineering and Technology.[4]


Faculty of Arts[edit]

  • Departments
    • Ancient Indian History and Archaeology
    • Anthropology
    • Defense Studies
    • Demography
    • Economics
    • English
    • Geography
    • Hindi
    • Home Science
    • Journalism & Mass Communication
    • Joytir Vigan
    • Library & Information Science
    • Linguistic
    • Literature
    • Music & Theater
    • Modern Indian History
    • Oriental Persian
    • Persian
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Public Administration
    • Physiology
    • Sociology
    • Social Work
    • Sanskrit
    • Western History
    • Women's & Gender Studies
    • Urdu
    • oriental Urdu

Faculty of Commerce[edit]

  • Departments
    • Commerce(accounting, finance, marketing & management )
    • Applied Economics
    • Business Administration(B.B.A and M.B.A)

Faculty of Education[edit]

  • Department
    • Education, Research & Development
    • Physical Education & Sports Management

Faculty of Law[edit]

  • Department
    • Law
    • Criminology & Justice Studies

Faculty of Science[edit]

  • Departments
    • Renewable Energy
    • Biochemistry
    • Botany
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Pharmacy
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Zoology
    • Astronomy
    • Electronics

Faculty of Fine Arts[edit]

  • Departments
    • Fine arts
    • Commercial art
    • Art & Craft
    • Graphics Design

Faculty of Ayurveda[edit]

  • Departments
    • Anatomy
    • Dravyagun
    • Kaya Chiktha
    • moulik Shidhant
    • Obstetrics
    • Ras Shastro
    • Surgery

Institute and centers[edit]

  • Management Science
  • Tourism Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Women Studies
  • Mass Communication
  • Information & Communication Technology Center
  • Institute of Modern Language
  • Institute of Social Research

Notable alumni[edit]


Education and science[edit]

  • Inder Verma, educationist, Known for Cancer, Gene Therapy, NF-κB, Editor-In-Chief of PNAS from 2011–present.
  • Ahmed Ali (Professor), English novelist, Urdu short story writer,
  • C.M. Naim, writer and academic



  • 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.
  • Iftikhar Arif, Urdu poet, scholar and littérateur.
  • Kavi Pradeep, noted poet and lyricist.
  • Qurratulain Hyder, acclaimed Urdu writer and novelist.
  • Attia Hosain, author, journalist, first lady graduate from Taluqdar families[7]


  • Justice DK Upadhyaya, Allahabad High court, Lucknow bench
  • Atul Singh, Indian editor-in-chief of Fair Observer and political commentator
  • Swami Chinmayananda, founder of Chinmaya Mission
  • Vinod Mehta, journalist
  • V. Mohini Giri (b. 1938), social activist, Padma Bhushan [8]
  • Pandit Vishwambhar Dayal Tripathi, lawyer and politician
  • Ahmed Wasi, broadcaster and lyricist
  • Seema Mustafa, journalist
  • Manoj Joshi, journalist
  • Rajendra Tiwari,[9] Senior Journalist, a pass out (MSc) from Dept of Stats.
  • Sushma Verma, the Youngest Matriculate and Youngest Science Graduate of India.[10]
  • Anupam Jalote, Entrepreneur, a pass out from MBA program LUMBA[11]
  • Vartika Singh - Model and Femina Miss India Grand International 2015
  • Pramod Kumar Singh aka Pramod Singh Baghel - Student of Department of Public Administration and History, Currently living in Bangalore, working As Auditor in C&AG.
  • Dhirendra Kumar aka Dhiru- Student of Department of Public Administration and Modern History, Worked in Food Corporation of India(Nov 2012 to February 2014) Presently working in Income Tax Department.
  • Sumit Viren - Regional Head HR, working in leading Construction Company.



  1. ^ "List Of Colleges- University Of Lucknow". Lucknow University. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  2. ^ "History Of Lucknow University". Lucknow University. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  3. ^ Khan, Hamza (2014-11-16). "Architect whose story PM shared with Obama, Abbott is little known in Lucknow — where he is buried". The Indian Express. The Indian Express. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Campus Location". Lucknow University. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  5. ^ Indiansaga Who's Who: Famous Personalities
  6. ^ Lives Less Forgotten: Brajendranath De
  7. ^ Attia Hosain in the Literary Encyclopedia by Muneeza Shamsie accessed July 2007
  8. ^ "Illustrious alumni recall glorious days at Lucknow University". The Times of India. Nov 26, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Meet Sushma Verma, the youngest Post Graduate Student in India | Biharprabha News". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  11. ^ "Environmental protection rather than profit drives this entrepreneur | Causes | New Delhi". 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  12. ^ Lucknow University Result Retrieved 27th Oct, 2014

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Coordinates: 26°51′56″N 80°56′11″E / 26.86556°N 80.93639°E / 26.86556; 80.93639