University of Lucknow

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University of Lucknow
Former name
Canning College
MottoLight and Learning
TypeState university
Established25 November 1920; 102 years ago (25 November 1920)
FounderMohammad Ali Mohammad Khan
AccreditationNAAC A++
Academic affiliations
Budget137 crore (US$17 million)
ChancellorGovernor of Uttar Pradesh
Vice-ChancellorAlok Kumar Rai[1]
Location, ,
CampusUrban, 225 acres (91 ha) Old Campus, 75 acres (30 ha) New Campus
LanguageHindi, English, Urdu, Awadhi

The University of Lucknow (informally known as Lucknow University, and LU) is a public state university based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Founded in 1867, the University of Lucknow is one of the oldest government owned institutions of higher education in India. LU's main campus is located at Badshah Bagh, University Road area of the city with a second campus at Jankipuram. It is the largest state university of Uttar Pradesh.

LU is a teaching, residential and affiliating university, organized into 556 colleges and 17 institutes, located throughout the city and other surrounding areas. It is also one of the oldest residential universities of India. The University has jurisdiction over colleges of 4 districts: Raebareli, Hardoi, Sitapur and Lakhimpur Kheri.[3] The university is opening a third campus in Sitapur district where vocational and skill development courses will be offered.[4]

The University of Lucknow is the first public university in the State of Uttar Pradesh to be accredited with A++ status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.[5][6]


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 10 November 1919. At this meeting Sir Harcourt Butler, being the chairman of the committee, outlined the proposed scheme for the new university.

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.[7]

List of Vice Chancellors[edit]

Following is a list of the Vice Chancellors of the University of Lucknow:

  1. Rai Bahadur Gyanendra Nath Chakraborty (1920-1926)
  2. Dr. M.B. Cameron (1926-1930)
  3. Pt. Jagat Narain (1930-1932)
  4. R._P._ Paranjpye (1932-1938)
  5. Sri S.M. Habibullah (1938-1941)
  6. Raja Maharaj Singh (1941)
  7. Lt. Col. Raja Viseshwar Dayal Seth (1941-1947)
  8. Narendra Deva (1947-1951)
  9. Acharya Jugal Kishore (1951-1955)
  10. Radhakamal Mukerjee (1955-1958)
  11. Prof. K.A.S Iyer (1958-1960)
  12. Prof. Kali Prasad (1960-1961)
  13. Sri Randhir Singh (1961)
  14. Dr. A.Vitthal Rao (1961-1968)
  15. Makund Behari Lal (1968-1971)
  16. Dr. Gopal Tripathi (1971-1973)
  17. Sri Ashok Kumar Mustafi (1973-1975)
  18. Dr. Girija Prasad Pandey (1976 & 1981)
  19. Dr. Rajendra Vir Singh (1975-1978)
  20. Dr. Girija Shankar Mishra (1978-1979)
  21. Dr. Radha Prasad Agarwal (1981-1982)
  22. Ratan Shankar Mishra (1982-1985)
  23. Dr. Shambhu Nath Jha (1985-1986)
  24. Dr. Sheetla Prasad Nagendra (1986-1989)
  25. Dr. Hari Krishna Awasthi (1989-1992)
  26. Mahendra Singh Sodha (1992-1995)
  27. Dr. Suraj Prasad Singh (1995-1997)
  28. Prof. Ramesh Chandra (1997-1998)
  29. Prof. K.K Kaul (1998)
  30. Prof. Roop Rekha Verma (1998-1999)
  31. Prof. Devendra Pratap Singh (1999-2002)
  32. Prof. Shiv Bahadur Singh (2002-2005)
  33. Ram Prakash Singh (2005-2008)
  34. Prof. Ajaib Singh Brar (2008-2009)
  35. Prof. Upendra Nath Dwivedi (2009)
  36. Prof. Manoj Kumar Mishra (2009-2012)
  37. Prof. G.B. Patnaik (2012-2013)
  38. Prof. S.B. Nimse (2013-2016)
  39. Prof. S.P. Singh (2016-2019)
  40. Alok Kumar Rai (2019-present)


Old Campus Of Lucknow University

In the early days, the Canning College had no building of its own, and the 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 13 November 1867, but the work of construction was not completed until 1878. On 15 November of that year, Sir George Couper, Lt. Commissioner of Avadh, formally opened the new building.

The University has three main libraries, apart from each department having its own. The Central Library of the university known as the Tagore Library, established in 1941, 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.[8] 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. The Cyber library is fully air conditioned and consists of more than 500 computers. The Cooperative Lending library was established in 1966 to lend books to economically under privileged graduate and post graduate students for the whole session to be restored only after their examinations are over. [9]

The university also provides residential facilities to teachers, students and non-teaching staff. There are overall 18 hostels for boys and girls in the university.[10][11] Kailash Hall and Nivedita Hall can house nearly 600 female students.[10] 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 organization 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.

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 the Institute of Engineering and Technology.[12]

Organisation and administration[edit]


Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Commerce[13][third-party source needed]

Faculty of Education

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

Faculty of Law[15]

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Engineering & Technology

Faculty of Fine Arts

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

Faculty of Yoga and Alternative Medicine

Faculty of Ayurveda[19]

Faculty of Unani[20][third-party source needed]

  • Department of Unani

Institute and centres[edit]

  • Management Science[21][third-party source needed]
  • Tourism Studies
  • Abhinavgupt Institute of Aesthetics & Shaiva Philosophy
  • APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Innovation
  • Institute of New and Renewable Energy
  • Dr. Giri Lal Gupta Institute of Public Health
  • Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Institute of Democracy
  • Institute for Development of Advanced Computing
  • Institute of Hydrocarbon, Energy & Geo-resources
  • Institute of Wildlife Sciences
  • ONGC Centre of Advanced Studies
  • Population Research Centre
  • Development Studies
  • JK Institute of Sociology, Ecology and Human Relations
  • Urban Studies
  • Women Studies
  • Centre for Cultural Texts, Records & Translation of Indian Literatures
  • Institute of Human Consciousnes & Yogic Sciences
  • Food Processing and Technology
  • Mass Communication in Science & Technology[22][third-party source needed]
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences[23][third-party source needed]
  • Advanced Molecular Genetics & Infectious Diseases[24][third-party source needed]



University rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2022)[25]197
NIRF (Overall) (2023)[26]115
Law – India
India Today (2020)[27]10

Notable alumni[edit]


Education and science[edit]





See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "University Student Enrollment Details". Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Affiliated Colleges List". University of Lucknow. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  4. ^ "लखनऊ विश्वविद्यालय सीतापुर में खोलेगा तीसरा नया परिसर, राज्य सरकार ने दिया भवन". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Lucknow University accredited with NAAC A++ grade - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  6. ^ "Good News: Lucknow University creates HISTORY, gets A++ grade by NAAC". Zee News. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  7. ^ "History". University of Lucknow. Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  8. ^ Khan, Hamza (16 November 2014). "Architect whose story PM shared with Obama, Abbott is little known in Lucknow — where he is buried". The Indian Express. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  9. ^ "University of Lucknow / Remote Access of E-Resources of Tagore Library". Retrieved 9 March 2023.
  10. ^ a b Lucknow University Halls revised Rules and Regulations (PDF) (Report). Lucknow University. 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Hostels & Hostel Provost". Lucknow University. 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Campus Location". University of Lucknow. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  13. ^ "University of Lucknow / Academics / Faculty/Department / Faculty of Commerce". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  14. ^ ":: University of Lucknow ::". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  15. ^ "University of Lucknow / Academics / Faculty/Department / Faculty of Law". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  16. ^ "University of Lucknow / Faculty of Yoga & Alternative Medicine". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  17. ^ ":: University of Lucknow ::". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  18. ^ ":: University of Lucknow ::". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  19. ^ "State Ayurvedic College & Hospital". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  20. ^ "State Takmeel-Ut-Tib College -". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  21. ^ ":: University of Lucknow ::". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  22. ^ ":: University of Lucknow ::". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  23. ^ ":: University of Lucknow ::". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  24. ^ ":: University of Lucknow ::". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  25. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2022 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 15 July 2022.
  26. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2023 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 5 June 2023.
  27. ^ "India's Best Colleges 2020: Law". India Today. 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  28. ^ "Shankar Dayal Sharma". Encyclopædia Britannica. Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  29. ^ "IBM's Kapoor is first Indian woman Fellow". The Times of India. 11 April 2020. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 14 September 2023.
  30. ^ "Famous Personalities of India : Brajendra Nath De". IndianSaga. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  31. ^ "Brajendranath De". Rajsaday. 17 February 2013. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015.
  32. ^ "Illustrious alumni recall glorious days at Lucknow University". The Times of India. Times News Network. 26 November 2013. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  33. ^ "Centenary year of Lucknow University: भजन सम्राट अनूप जलोटा ने 47 साल बाद ली अपनी बीए की डिग्री".

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