Allahabad University

About Allahabad University

The Allahabad University, formally known as 'University of Allahabad', is one of Allahabad's educational assets. This public university is one of India's oldest and most valued universities. It was also known as the 'Oxford of East'. The medium of language as well as instruction here is English. In June 2005, the university restored its status as central university under the University Allahabad Act of 2005.

The university's campus covers an extensive area, which also houses the student hostel.

The India Today magazine has ranked Allahabad University eighth in the Best Universities in India category, and fifth in the Top Universities in North India category for the 2012 survey.

History and Architecture

The origin of this university is from Muir Central College, which was named after Sir William Muir, Lieutenant Governor of North-Western Provinces, in 1876. He had recommended the idea for University of Allahabad.

The foundation stone of the college was laid in December 1873 by India's Governor-General Lord Northbrook. William Emerson designed the building, who also designed the well-known Victoria Memorial in Kolkata and Mumbai's Crawford Market having a combination of Gothic, Egyptian and Indo-Saracenic styles.

In the beginning, the college was operational under Culcutta University. However, after September 1887, Allahabad University was established, which made it India's fourth modern university. It started its own research programs and teaching departments by 1904, before which it was imparting graduate and postgraduate education only. The university recognized a few local colleges in 1951 to provide undergraduate courses like science, law, arts and commerce.

Many famous personalities were part of the university alumni, such as Govind Ballabh Pant, Motilal Nehru, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Harish Chandra, among others.

In July 1992, the state government gave it the status of Vishesh Agrani Sanstha, which means a premier Institution, of Uttar Pradesh.

After its completion of a hundred years, the people demanded to give the university a central status. The Government of India introduced a bill in Parliament in 2004, restoring Allahabad University's status as 'Institution of National Importance'. In 2005, 'The University of Allahabad Act, 2005' was passed by both the Parliament houses. The President of India approved the bill in June 2005. From July 2005, the university was operational as a central university.


The timings of the university are from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


From Allahabad Railway Station, the university is situated at a distance of merely four km. One can reach the destination via the route from Leader Road to Kamla Nehru Road.

How to Reach

This destination is easily accessible through an auto-rickshaw, taxi, hired car or a bus. One can also use personal conveyance for the same.

Last Updated on : 24/10/2013