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UP’s centre of excellence: This Jaunpur college has produced over 150 bureaucrats 

The institution, which completed 100 years of its existence recently, attracts many meritorious students who cannot afford to move to Delhi or other big cities for higher education

lucknow Updated: Jun 07, 2017 16:16 IST
Sudhir Kumar
Tilak Dhari Post Graduate College in Jaunpur
Tilak Dhari Post Graduate College in Jaunpur (Sudhir Kumar/HT Photo)

Given its impressive record, this college may well be called the St Stephen’s of eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The Tilak Dhari Post Graduate College in Jaunpur has churned out over 150 bureaucrats, including IAS, IPS, IFS and PCS officers, in over 100 years.

This is the reason why many students from eastern UP aspire to join the college.

The institution, which completed 100 years of its existence recently, attracts many meritorious students who cannot afford to move to Delhi or other big cities for higher education.

Former diplomat Indu Prakash Singh, former UP DGP Yashpal Singh, former urban development secretary Shriprakash Singh and vice-chancellor, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, Prof MLB Bhatt are some of the prominent alumni of the college.

Pramod Kumar Yadav, an alumnus of the intermediate section of the college, has cleared the civil service examination this year.

Set up as a middle school in 1914, the institution was upgraded to a high school in 1916 and an intermediate college in 1940. Its founder Tilak Dhari Singh, the first graduate of the district, upgraded it to a degree college in 1948.

Prof Sajal Kumar Singh, who taught history at the college for nearly 40 years, said many bright students realised their dreams in Jaunpur.

“Since its inception, the college has had a glorious record of producing meritorious students. In 1942, Buddhanram Maurya topped the intermediate examination conducted by the UP Board. He was directly appointed a tehsildar,” he said.

“Rambihari Lal, an alumnus, cleared the provincial civil services examination in 1946. In 1955, Indu Prakash Singh passed the Indian Civil Service (ICS) examination. He went on to become India’s ambassador to Egypt, Spain and served as India’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom,” Singh said.

He said Vinay Kumar Singh and Dr Chhatrasal Singh passed the civil service examination in 1962 and 1964 respectively. Vidyaprakash Singh was selected to the IAS in the late 1960s.

Other alumni who made it to the IAS included Mustafa Hussain Zaidi, Yashashvi Kumar, Manashvi Kumar and Sadakant Shukla.

“The list is long. Joint election commissioner Jai Prakash and former urban development secretary Sriprakash Singh were students of the college,” Singh said.

The college has also produced many PCS officers including Heera Lal, Deepak Singh and Ashok Kumar Yadav.

Singh said the college owed its success to its first principal Pt Ramjeevan Chatterjee and his successor Hridaynarayan Singh.

“Chatterjee, who had studied in Cambridge University, inculcated discipline, commitment and punctuality among the teachers to create an environment of excellence,” he said.

“His successor carried forward the tradition. The teachers gave their best and prepared the students for competitive examinations. They used to guide the students even after retirement,” Singh said.

Former DGP Yashpal Singh, who obtained his BSc degree from the college in 1967 and cracked the civil service examination in 1972, said: “The teachers were punctual. When I was in college, there was a tradition of inviting prominent alumni, who had cracked the civil service exam, to the college for a lecture and interaction with the students. The practice was a source of inspiration for many.”

“I started preparing (for the civil services) after being inspired by IAS officer Vinay Kumar Singh who delivered a lecture at the college,” he said.

KK Yadav, the elder brother of an alumnus of the college Pradeep Kumar Yadav, said due to its academic atmosphere and impressive record Tilak Dhari College was popular among students.

Pradeep Kumar Yadav is an associate professor at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth.

“Parents think if their son or daughter gets admission to the college, he or she would be an officer in future,” he said.

Satvant Kumar, who just completed law from the college, is also preparing for civil services examination. “When I took admission to the college, I had just heard about civil services examination. But now I know about all competitive examinations because teachers informed us about the examinations and gave tips for preparation,” Kumar said.

Sachin Yadav, who aspires to be an IAS officer, hopes guidance from teachers would help him in cracking the examination.

Umashankar Mishra, a resident of Jaunpur, said, “TD College has earned the reputation of an institution that provides best possible education to students in a disciplined environment.”