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7 Things about Lucknow’s Colvin Taluqdars’ that every Lucknowite should know
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7 Things about Lucknow’s Colvin Taluqdars’ that every Lucknowite should know

Akanksha Singh

Akanksha Singh

Colvin Taluqdars is one of the most renowned names in Lucknow. One of the oldest and largest establishments to be made into a public school, Colvin Taluqdar is an institution in Lucknow.

So, here are 7 things you should know about the famous Colvin Taluqdars

It is one of the oldest public schools in India

7 Things about Lucknow’s Colvin Taluqdars’ that every Lucknowite should know

Colvin Taluqdar’s was established in 1889, back when India was still under the grasps of the British and education was not a pre-requisite for a person but a novelty. The architecture all the old timey buildings and huge classrooms tell the tale of over a century of educating people. Colvin’s was established in a time when education was seen as something only the nobility could get, which is why____

It was meant only for the sons of nobility

7 Things about Lucknow’s Colvin Taluqdars’ that every Lucknowite should know

When the school was established, it was quite clear that the fore fathers meant only to teach the sons of British Administrators and Aristocrats. It was believed that only the males from noble or uber rich families could act a certain way, be civilized and/or have the pedigree to be able to cope with a proper education.

The Motto of the College is Noblesse Oblige, which roughly translates to: whoever claims to be noble must conduct himself/herself nobly. Today people are selected on the basis of merit and their knowledge, but back when people didn’t know better things were very different.

It has the highest number of sports ground/fields

7 Things about Lucknow’s Colvin Taluqdars’ that every Lucknowite should know

The school campus is so humongous that it actually very comfortably encompasses several huge sports fields. The grounds include Lawn Tennis, Squash, Horse Riding, Cricket, Tennis, Volleyball, Football, Badminton, Basketball. The school also boasts of a Cricket and Tennis Academy.

Imagine studying on the ground floor and seeing people mooching around on horses. It is also said that earlier teachers came to school riding on horses.

And a National Level Swimming Pool

7 Things about Lucknow’s Colvin Taluqdars’ that every Lucknowite should know

The swimming pool at Colvin’s is one of the biggest and the nicely maintained pools in Northern India, so much so that it is apt for National level competitions and swims. Colvin takes pride in its sports facility and is very vigilant in training the scholars and making them proficient in various sports.

The Principal's residence has 54 rooms

7 Things about Lucknow’s Colvin Taluqdars’ that every Lucknowite should know

Most of the Colvin staff get their accommodation within the campus, the teachers, help staff and principal, all usually stay in the college. The principal’s residence is a talk of wonders, the principal’s compound itself has over 54 rooms and is large enough to accommodate a family of 150. Splurge much!

The huge campus spreads over 60 acres

7 Things about Lucknow’s Colvin Taluqdars’ that every Lucknowite should know

Located at university road Lucknow, the sprawling campus of Colvin Taluqdars is spread over 60 acres of land and is built along the banks of river Gomti. It is one of the biggest schools in Lucknow and has a pupil count of over 1400. The school runs in both UP as well as ICSE/ISC boards. The school also has a hostel facility.

Fun Fact: There’s a real TANK on the school campus!

It was established by Sir Auckland Colvin, a British Empire administrator in India

7 Things about Lucknow’s Colvin Taluqdars’ that every Lucknowite should know

Sir Auckland Colvin is said to be born in an “illustrious Anglo-Indian Colvin family”, as the Lieutenant-governor of the North-West Provinces and Oudh, he founded Colvin Taluqdar’s College in Lucknow which developed to be a famous elitist college.