About the Book
The University of
Allahabad is the fourth oldest university in India, and institution that has
produced innumerable political figures, jurists, bureaucrats, writers and men
of letters. Its history resounds with famous names, and its inspiring and
entertaining campus lore has been passed enriched by the many stories of the
personalities, European and Indian, who have been associated with it. It
counts, amongst its luminaries Motilal Nehru, Madan
Mohan Malaviya, Dr. Dharamvir
Bharti and many more. Note to forget vice chancellors life Sir Sunder Lal, Gangadhar Jha and Amarnatha Jha
who were legends in themselves.
In this book, Neelam Saran Gaur fondly recalls the many stories and
anecdotes associated with the University to put together a comprehensive
history of this iconic institution. Starting from the inception of the college
at what was
then Lowther Castle to its present-day avatar, she
traces its long journey of almost 128 years analysing the history of the
University against the backdrop of the emergence of the Indian nation.
A centre of
high learning, a political hub during the national movement and a celebrated
literary nucleus, the story of Allahabad University is one that deserves to be
told and more importantly, read by all.
About the Author
Neelum Saran Gour is a professor of English
literature at Allahabad University and a well known writer. She has authored
eight works of fiction and edited a pictorial volume on the history and culture
of the city of Allahabad. Her critical writings and short fiction have been
included in various anthologies. She has been a humour columnist for the
Allahabad page of the Hindustan Times and a book reviewer for The Indian Review
of Books and The Times Literary Supplement, UK.
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