The state of Uttar Pradesh has a long history of learning and education although the tradition of learning was mostly confined to the elite class and the religious establishments. With rapid advancements in the field of computer technology and the increasing globalization the need for good colleges of higher education in Lucknow gave way to the establishment of some top level centers for higher education in the city.
Lucknow is one of the first cities of Uttar Pradesh to have a university (Lucknow University) and a medical college (King George Medical University). The students in the city get access to top quality professional and non-professional education because of the presence of many first grade centers of learning. Apart from the Lucknow University, there are other colleges in the city that offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD courses in various disciplines and diplomas in various fields such as management, catering operations, airline ticketing, logistics, fashion designing, etc.
Let us have a look at some of the colleges of Lucknow that offer higher educational courses to the students of Lucknow city:
National P.G. College
The National P.G. College was established by Mr. Chandra Bhanu Gupta, who was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. The college is located at Rana Pratap Marg in Hazrat Ganj. The institute offers undergraduate and post-graduate courses in commerce and arts and undergraduate courses in computer and science.
The National P.G. College is a renowned institute located in the heart of the city. It is considered the best co-ed institute of Lucknow. The college has set high standards when it comes to teaching, professional guidance, discipline, and interaction between the students and teachers. Students are required to wear the uniform to the college everyday even though it is a postgraduate institute. It is an autonomous institute affiliated to Lucknow University.
Awadh Girls Degree College
The Awadh Girls Degree College is a premier girls-only institute located in the city of Nawabs. The college has a rich past and it is run under Awadh Educational Society. The institute was established in the year 1958 as Loreto Degree College. Later, in 1976, it was taken over by the Awadh Educational Society from Loreto Convent. Currently, it is considered a foremost institute for girls in the city of Lucknow, providing value based education since more than 5 decades.
The college has laid certain rules and regulations and every student is expected to follow them. The institute lays special importance on various curricular and extra-curricular activities. The Dean of Students takes personal interest and coordinates educational and extra-curricular activities for the all-round development of the students.
Lucknow University is a government owned Indian university in Lucknow. Founded in 1867, LU, as it’s commonly known, is one of the oldest government owned institutions of Indian higher education.
LU’s alumni contains Former President Of India, Shankar Dayal Sharma, 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.
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.
Isabella Thoburn College
The Isabella Thoburn College, often informally called IT College, is a higher education institute for women in Lucknow, named after its founder, Isabella Thoburn, an American missionary of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
The origin of the college was in a school for girls opened by Isabella Thoburn on 18 April 1870 in one room in the city-centre bazaar of Aminabad with just six students. By 1871, the school had expanded and moved to occupy a house named Lal Bagh, which had been the residence of the last Nawab of Awadh’s treasurer.
The College is now affiliated to Lucknow University. The buildings it has developed on the Chand Bagh campus since the 1920s include student hostels, lecture rooms, laboratories, a library, a college chapel and a large hall.
Babu Banarasi Das University, Lucknow is a state private university in BBD City, Dr. Akhilesh Das Nagar, Faizabad Road, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India established by Babu Banarasi Das University Uttar Pradesh Act No. 25 of 2010 passed by Uttar Pradesh State Legislature.
Commonly called BBD University, it has an estimated strength of more than twenty thousand students, enrolled in a wide variety of courses making it one of the most prominent universities of Lucknow.
Within its campus is the Dr. Akhilesh Das Stadium, a private BCCI approved stadium, with a capacity to accommodate more than twenty five thousand spectators and holds first-class level and Ranji Trophy matches regularly every year.
Integral University is a state private university in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, India, which was established as a university from Institute of Integral Technology, Lucknow under Act Number 9 of 2004 by the Uttar Pradesh state government.
The project started with a school in small huts. The foundation stone was laid on 30 November 1993 by the scholar Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi, rector of Darul-uloom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow.
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then prime minister of India, laid the foundation stone of a residential complex on 30 June 1999.
Integral University, Lucknow is now a member of and listed by the Association of Indian Universities. Some of the dignitaries that have visited Integral University, Lucknow include the likes of former Union Minister of Minority Affairs and former Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Dr. K.Rahman Khan and Chief Minister of Sarawak Province, Malaysia, Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud. Integral University, Lucknow hosts eminent personalities from all walks of life and boasts of strong presence of visiting faculty from some of the most well-known universities across the globe.
Future of Higher Education Institutes in Lucknow
The future of students in Lucknow is in good hands. Institutes such as the Lucknow University, Isabella Thoburn College, BBD University and Integral University to name a few have offered top class higher education in various disciplines. Their hard work and persistent efforts in improving the standard of education in the city has actually categorized Lucknow as the hub of higher education in the state of Uttar Pradesh.