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University of Lucknow

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

The University of Lucknow is a university in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. 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. Most of the courses have an 'Yearly' system, although some of the new courses, like BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration) and MBA have opted for a Semester system.The University has a new campus located in Jankipuram, Lucknow where Faculties of Law, Business Tourism have been established.


The University of Lucknow grew out of the prestigious Isabella Thoburn College.

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".[2]

The Maharaja 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.[3] Sir Harcourt Butler laid the foundation stone of the University on March 19, 1921, and Dr. Gyanendra Nath Chakravarti became its first vice-chancellor.[4] On July 17, 1921 classes commenced.[5]

Early growth

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.


Faculty of Arts

  • 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

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

Faculty of Education

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

Faculty of Law

  • Department
    • Law
    • Criminology & Justice Studies

Faculty of Science

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

Faculty of Fine Arts

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

Faculty of Ayurveda

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

Institute and centers

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

Student Halls of Residence

Boys Hall:- Subhash N.D. Hostel Mahmoodabad Habbibulaha

Girls Hall:- Golden Jublee Tilak Management Kailash

Student Activities

Recently, the University has started offering on-campus jobs to students in need.[6] The faculty of law organizes a inter-semester moot court competition every year.[7]

Student politics is active in the campus. In 2012, the High Court once stayed an election for not following Lyngdoh Committee Guidelines.[8]

Notable alumni


Education and science

  • 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[11]




  1. ^ Lucknow University site accessed July 2007
  2. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica accessed July 2007
  3. ^ Lucknow University Act No VI, November 25, 1920
  4. ^ Women Saints in Gaudiya Vaishnavism
  5. ^ Lucknow University History
  6. ^ "Lucknow University offers on-campus jobs for students in need". Times of India. Times News Network. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Srivastava, Priyansha. "MY 5 YEARS OF STUDYING LAW AT LUCKNOW UNIVERSITY". A First Taste of Law. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Zanane, Anant. "High Court stays student body polls in Lucknow University". NDTV. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Indiansaga Who's Who: Famous Personalities
  10. ^ Lives Less Forgotten: Brajendranath De
  11. ^ Attia Hosain in the Literary Encyclopedia by Muneeza Shamsie accessed July 2007
  12. ^ "Illustrious alumni recall glorious days at Lucknow University". The Times of India. Nov 26, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Meet Sushma Verma, the youngest Post Graduate Student in India | Biharprabha News". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  15. ^ "Environmental protection rather than profit drives this entrepreneur | Causes | New Delhi". 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  16. ^ Lucknow University Result Retrieved 27th Oct, 2014

External links

  • University of Lucknow official website

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