Colvin Talquadar’s: A Designated Residential College
Colvin Talquadar’s is a school in Lucknow established in 1880 by Sir Auckland Colvin KCSI KCMG CIE (1838-1908) to educate the of Talquadars of Oudh of those times. In here, the Talquadars were brought to educate on the basis on their ranks in the state. Later on after 1950’s, this criteria of selection changed to admission by merit. This school has continued to educate for more than a century now.
Each room in the building is approximately a 20 feet high, thereby even the ceiling fans hang from the roofs giving a very antique look to the room structure. (I mostly think such high roof tops helps in keeping rooms colder during the scorching heat of summer). The school is spread on a very large area of around 67 acres. It consists of the following:
- Main building or the Academic block right now.
- The ground in behind the main building is also extremely huge.
- The different houses which were/are present:
4. The Vijayanta:
History of ownership:
The first Headmaster of the college was Henry George Impey Siddons, son of a Captain in Indian Army. The Principal Bodies governing in the late of 20th century were H. N Kashyap, H. L Dutt, S. N Tandon, S Mishra.
Current owners and stakeholders:
Currently, the Principal is Mr. Amarjyot Singh Bedi. Through their motto ‘Noblesse Oblige’-power entails responsibility, they are working for the success and glory of the school and the students.
The Managing Committee consists of the following:
- Raja Anand Singh(President),
- Raja Bahadur Mayankeshwar Saran Singh(the Secretary-cum-manager),
- Chowdhary Lamaan Hussain,
- Kunwar Manish Vardhan Singh,
- Rai Swareshwar Bali,
- Prof. D. P. Singh,
- KUnwar Jai Pratap Singh,
- Sri Rajesh Narain Singh,
- Thakur Udayan Pratap Singh,
- Chowdhary Mohammad Naseeb,
- Raja Birendra Singh Parmar,
- Kunwar Vina Kumar Singh,
- Sri V. N. Misra,
- Sri, Satyendra Pratap Singh,
- Sri Vivek Seth.
This Committee of Management is dedicated to protect and preserve the beautiful, historical College buildings.
Comments and suggestions.
In 2013, the school was renovated and modernized. There was a make over of the main building which was thereby restored perfectly. This included the masonry repairs, complete electrical rewiring, replacing fans, and light fixtures. Yet, the Awadh house is in complete ruins, which should be taken care of.
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Darbar Day or The Annual Old Boy’s Day
The great Darbar day celebrated as the annual day, and is actually spelled as ‘Durbar Day’ is a function when the Alumni’s of the school are invited. Various games and events do take place, between the old boys and the current boys do take part in such games. Thus, this is a event taking place every year where ex-Colvinians excitingly meet and talk about the memories of the past. Traditionally, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh who is the Patron of this College is invited as Chief Guest. This day is much talked about by all the ex-Colvinians throughout the country.