'This volume brings together, perhaps for the first time with such scholarly rigour, twelve studies of premier educational institutions in India. These are: Gurukuls in Southeast Punjab; St. Stephen's College; Dehli (Zakir Husain) College; Indraprastha College; Jamia Millia Islamia; Aligarh Muslim University; Nadwat al-Ulama, Lucknow; Patna College; Santiniketan; Presidency College, Calcutta; Elphinstone College and Christian Medical College, Vellore.
What was the vision that inspired, say, Syed Ahmad Khan and Rabindranath Tagore, to conceive of an education centre? What meanings did they and the generations thereafter attach to Western learning? Again, how did the gurukuls in Haryana and the Presidency College in Calcutta relate to the colonial government? How did Dehli College, St. Stephen's College, Indraprastha College and the Jamia Millia Islamia, all located in the same city, respond to nationalist activities? What has been the impact of the changes that have taken place after Independence? Finally, are there some lessons to be drawn from the experiences and performance of our educational institutions?' (Excerpt from front flap)
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Introduction - Mushirul HASAN

The 'Subalternity' of Education: Gurukuls in Rural Southeast Punjab - Nonica DATTA

St. Stephen's College, Dehli, 1881-1997: An 'Alexandria on the Banks of Jamuna'? - David BAKER

The Halcyon Yesteryears of Dehli College: A Chequered History - Nina Dey GUPTA

The Interior and the Exterior: Indraprastha College for Women - Narayani GUPTA, Sheila Uttam SINGH

Jamia Millia Islamia: Career of Azad Talim - Mohammad TALIH

Negotiating with Its Past and Present: The Changing Profile of the Aligarh Muslim University - Mushirul HASAN

Between National Integration and Islamism: Lucknow's Nadwat Al-Ulama - Jamal MALIK

The College by a River: Patna College - Sujit MUKHERJEE

Santiniketan: The School of a Poet - Uma DASGUPTA

Presidency College, Calcutta: An Unfinished History - Benjamin ZACHARIAH, Subhas Ranjan CHAKRABORTI, Rajat Kanta RAY

The Elphinstone College, Bombay, 1827-1890: A Case Study in 19th Century English Education - Naheed F. AHMAD

'Missionary Legacies and Christ-Filled Doctors': Gender, Religion & Professionalisation in the History of the Christian Medical College, Vellore - Maina Chawla SINGH

Knowledge, Power & Politics: Educational Institutions in India
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