A TRIBUTE TO COLVIN TALUQDARS COLLEGE LUCKNOW
Sir Auckland Colvin, Lieutenant Governor of the North West Provinces, while functioning as Lieutenant Governor of Avadh and Agra in 1889, conceived the idea of a school with the object of imparting education to the children of the British administrators and the landed aristocracy who were known as Taludars. That’s how this school rooted.
It is one of the oldest public schools of India. It was established in the year 1889, and has an enrolment of 1400 students and an academic staff of fifty. Located on the peaceful banks of river Gomti. It sprawls over a sixty acre plot. The school colour is blue that depicts tranquility. It has three hostels—Avadh, Anjuman and Hind. Five houses—Ajanta, Nalanda, Sanchi, Taxila and Ujjain.
It compares well with Rajkumar College, Raipur; Aitchison College, Lahore; and Mayo College, Ajmer. Lord Minto visited Colvin during its grand ‘Durbar Day’ (annual day) in 1908.
(Motto: Noblesse Oblige)
In Lucknawi tehzeeb and fizai Avadh,
Close to the splashes of Gomti,
And … the throbbing vibrations of Lucknow University,
In its glory and aristocracy.
Colvin has the glamour,
But without the clamour,
It has the sprawling complex,
But without the imposing edifice.
It has the magnificent drive way,
That passes by the hearty hostels,
It has the lush green tennis courts,
And the fields where cricket is played galore.
The enclosed swimming pool,
That keeps you cool,
Where the lush green fields,
The racing tracks,
Convey the brass tacks.
Colvin resounds …,
The glory of merit,
Peaks of athletics,
March past of NCC,
In all its sincerity.
It has the proficiency of teachers,
Alacrity of prefects,
Astuteness of students,
That drives the institution.
With IT college … in its territory,
Kailash Hostel … in the locality,
Lucknow University in the vicinity,
And Hanuman Setu in its periphery,
Colvin … educates Lucknow … royally.
Can’t forget the chemistry lab,
Adjacent to the bio lab,
Where … one had the crucibles and the beakers,
And the other … dissection trays,
Waiting for the frogs and the cockroaches,
To be waylaid.
There was also physics in the syllabus,
With Newton in the atmosphere,
Where mathematics was the giant,
That kept students in the frying pan.
And then you had,
Sohan Lal Divedi’s craze,
And British and Mughal tirade.
Then there was the cycle stand,
With college canteen … at its command,
With cold drinks and chai,
And samosas and deep fries.
The kittenish junior school,
With its knowledgeable crew,
That taught young children,
With the least of rules.
And the big boys,
In blue ties …
And white uniforms,
In five houses,
In those majestic surrounds.
And every year … once a year,
Its ‘Durbar day,’
When old boys gather,
To rekindle their fire.
So thanks to Auckland,
For having created Colvin,
With noblesse oblige as the motto,
That drives Colvin … in toto.
(Noblesse oblige: Privelege entails responsibility)
Poem by Kamlesh Tripathi
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