Tara Chand (archaeologist)

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Tara Chand was an Indian archaeologist and historian specialising in the Ancient History and Culture of India. He taught at Allahabad University and served as Vice-Chancellor in the 1940s.[1]


[1][2] Chand later went on to serve as the Ambassador of India to Iran,[2] and as Education Advisor within the Government of India.[3]

Biografical data[edit]

Tara Chand (* June 17, 1888 at Sialkot; † Oct. 14, 1973) was one son of Munshi Kripa Narain, from 1951 to 1956 he was ambassador to Tehran, where he was succeeded by de:Badruddin Tyabji (Diplomat).[4]



Allahabad University established the Dr. Tara Chand hostel in Chand's memory.[5] The University Alumni Association grants an annual scholarship in his name.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Ex-Vice Chancellors". Allahabad University. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "History of the Department of Political Science". Allahabad University. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ N.a. (April 28, 1952). "Ambassador Chand Will Talk Here at Summer Conference". The Harvard Crimson. 
  4. ^ CHAND, DR. TARA: M.A., Ph.D.; Nominated; s. of Shri K. Kripa Narain; b. at Sialkot (W. Pakistan), June 17, 1888; ed. at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Meerut College, Meerut, Muir Central College, Allahabad and Queen's College, Oxford, Oxford University; m. Shrimati Maha Devi, 1905; 1 s. and 1 d.; Professor of History, Kayastha Pathshala Allahabad University, 1947-48; Secretary and Educational Adviser to the Government of India, 1948 — 51; President, Secondary Education Conference; Secretary, Hindustani Academy, U.P.; President, Indian History Congress; Ambassador of India in Iran, 1951 — 56; Chairman,.Chand served as head of the Political Science department of Allahabad University from 1945 to 1947, when he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the university. Who's who, Volume 9, Rajya Sabha (Indian Parliament) 1966, p. 49, TARA CHAND; Historian (b. Sialkot, Pakistan, June 17, 1888; d. Oct. 14, 1973): Chairman, History of Freedom Movement Unit, GOI, and V.C. of Allahabad University. Son of Munshi Kripa Narain. Had one son and one daughter.
  5. ^ "List of hostels". University of Allahabad. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Allahabad Alumni Association". Retrieved 24 February 2014.