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.
In Lucknowi tehzeeb and fizai Avadh,
Close to the splashes of Gomti,
And … the throbbing vibes of Lucknow University,
In its glory and aristocracy.
Colvin has the glamour,
But without the clamour,
It has the sprawling complex,
But without an imposing edifice.
It has the magnificent drive way,
That passes by the hearty hostels,
And the lush green tennis courts,
And 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 the NCC,
In all its sincerity.
It has the proficiency of teachers,
Alacrity of prefects,
Astuteness of students,
That drives the institution.
With IT college … within its periphery,
Kailash Hostel … in the locality,
Lucknow University in the vicinity,
And Hanuman Setu in entirety,
Colvin … educates Lucknow … royally.
Can’t forget the chemistry lab,
Adjacent to the bio lab,
Where … one has the crucibles and the beakers,
And the other … dissection trays,
Waiting for the frogs and the cockroaches.
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,
The Shakespeare’s plays,
Sohan Lal Divedi’s phase,
And British and Mughal tirade.
Then there was the cycle stand,
With college canteen … in command,
With cold drinks and chai,
And samosas and deep fries.
The kittenish junior school,
With its knowledgeable crew,
That taught young children,
Without too many rules.
And the big boys,
In blue ties …
And white uniform,
In five houses,
In those majestic surrounds.
And every year once a year,
Its ‘Durbar day,’
When old boys gather,
To celebrate their cheer.
So thanks Auckland,
For having created Colvin,
With noblesse oblige as the motto,
That carries the college … in toto.
(Noblesse oblige: Privelege entails responsibility)
Poem by Kamlesh Tripathi
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