AMU City School is Now Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh Aligarh Muslim University City School

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AMU city school has been re-named to honour Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, notable AMU alumnus, Indian freedom fighter, journalist, social reformer, writer and President in the Provisional Government of India.

AMU City School is Now Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh Aligarh Muslim University City School
AMU City School is Now Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh Aligarh Muslim University City School

Prominent Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) City School will now be known as the ‘Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh Aligarh Muslim University City School’, according to the varsity’s official website.

The school has been re-named to honour Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, notable AMU alumnus, Indian freedom fighter, journalist, social reformer, writer, revolutionary and President in the Provisional Government of India, which served as the Indian Government in exile during World War I from Kabul in 1915.  

“The decision to rename the school was taken in the light of resolution number 28 of the ordinary meeting of the Executive Council held on March 22, 2021”, said AMU Registrar, Mr Abdul Hamid (IPS).

AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor said: “With the re-naming, AMU pays tribute to Raja Mahendra Pratap, who attended the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College in Aligarh, which later became the Aligarh Muslim University. Raja Mahendra Pratap’s name is counted among the prominent alumni of the university. His father and grandfather were close to the educationist and reformer Sir Syed Ahmad Khan”.   


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The AMU city school is built on the land given by Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, a student of AMU. Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh had given the land to the AMU administration on a lease of 99 years. After the completion of the term in the year 2018, the heirs of Raja Mahendra Pratap approached the AMU administration to give back the land. Several rounds of talks were held between the two sides. The AMU administration sent a related letter to the Ministry of Education.

The AMU administration was asked to work according to the Act from the Ministry of Education. Now an agreement has been reached between both the parties. The AMU administration will name the City High School building on the land after Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh. Apart from this, the extra land will be given back to the heirs of Raja Mahendra Pratap.

Aligarh Muslim University spokesperson Shafey Kidwai said that the land for the city school was given on lease by Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh. The lease expired in the year 2018. A committee was formed by the executive council of the university that suggested to change the name of the city school.


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