16 rupees donations the university started with 13 students became the oxford of the east
Sir William Muir, the governor of the United Provinces, wanted to build Oxford in the east. At that time, there was no major center of education in northern India. The affiliation of educational institutions here was with the University of Calcutta.
On May 24, 1867, William Muir began planning for the establishment of an independent college and university in Allahabad, and in 1867 a committee was formed for this work. In which Pyare Mohan Banerjee was appointed Honorary Secretary.
Initially, it was decided to raise 16,000 rupees for the establishment of the college. To materialize the plan, Lala Gaya Prasad, Babu Pyare Mohan Banerjee, Maulvi Fariduddin, Maulvi Haider Hussain, Rai Rameshwar Chaudhary started a movement. The site was chosen for construction in 1869.
After that, a second committee was formed, which could work on the proposal to build the college building and the plan could go ahead. Until the construction of the proposed college building, it was proposed to lease another building. Which was accepted by Lieutenant Governor Sir William Muir. And the committee rented the building of “Darbhanga Castle” for only two and a half hundred rupees per month for three years.
On January 22, 1872, the local government sent a memorandum to the Indian government to open a college in Allahabad for approval, and after acceptance a letter was sent to Sir William Muir asking why the college should not be named after him. Lieutenant Governor Sir William Muir approved. From July 1872, Muir Central College began its work.
His Excellency George Baring Viceroy and Governor General of India laid the foundation stone of ‘Mure College’ on December 9, 1873. ‘Mure Central College’ was designed by W Emerson. It took twelve years to complete the college building. The building was officially opened on April 8, 1886 by Viceroy Lord Dufferin. Based on the grand style of the university building and the fusion of ancient and western architectural ideas and traditions, it has come to be regarded as the Oxford of the East.
Act XV-11 was passed on September 23, 1887, and Allahabad University was duly established. Allahabad University has also become a degree granting institution like the universities of Calcutta, Bombay and Madras. The first entrance examination for this university was held in March 1889. Attended by students from Rewa Satna Jabalpur at Ajmer Patiala House Jodhpur.
Allahabad University gave President, PM and CM to the country
In the year 1949, Vishwanath Pratap Singh won the student union election of Allahabad University. Later, he became the country’s 8th prime minister. The country’s 9th Prime Minister, Chandrashekhar became active in student politics at Allahabad University itself. Apart from that, Gulzarilal Nanda, a student from the same university, acted as the acting prime minister. Surya Bahadur Thapa, who was the Prime Minister of Nepal, also studied here.
power center of politics
VP Singh (8th Prime Minister)
Chandrashekhar (9th Prime Minister)
Shankar Dayal Sharma (former president)
Gopal Swaroop Pathak (former Vice President)
Surya Bahadur Thapa (former Prime Minister, Nepal)
Gulzari Lal Nanda (former acting Prime Minister)
Rajarshi Purushottam Das Tandon (former MP and freedom fighter)
Pandit Govind Vallabh Pant (former CM, UP and former Union Minister)
Rajendra Kumari Bajpai (former Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry)
Narayan Dutt Tiwari (Former CM, UP)
Arjun Singh (former CM, MP)
Satyendra Narayan Sinha (former CM, Bihar)
Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna (Former CM, UP)
Rajju Bhaiya (former RSS leader)
Murli Manohar Joshi (Former Union Minister)
Janeshwar Mishra (Former Union Minister)
Rita Bahuguna Joshi (former Cabinet Minister, MP, UP)
Madan Mohan Malviya (former INC Chairman)
Madan Lal Khurana (Former CM, Delhi)
Along with this, from the Supreme Court to the High Courts of different states, students here have become the Chief Justice. Judge Ranganath Mishra, Gopal Swaroop Pathak, JS Verma, RS Pathak, VN Khare, Milan Mukherjee, Shyamnath Kakkar were students of this place. Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Vikram Nath also studied here. Many Allahabad students have become governors of various states and ambassadors of embassies.
AU was the university of literati
Katha Samrat Munshi Premchand graduated in English Literature, Persian Subjects and History from Allahabad University. Among the great literary figures, Mahadevi Verma, Bhagwati Charan Verma, Raghupati Sahai Firaq Gorakhpuri and Vidya Niwas Mishra also had higher education at Allahabad University. All these people have Padma Vibhushan. Famous literati Dharamveer Bharti, Kamleshwar, Dudhnath Singh, Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Sumitra Nandan Pant studied here. The list of writers who have studied here is quite long.
Entrance – Shivpujan Singh