Keeping the best traditions of Prophet Mohammad (A.S.) who said, “To seek knowledge and
learning is obligatory for all Muslim men and women” his daughter Fatima (S.A.) and his twelve
successors (A.S.) the first of whom Hazrat Ali (A.S.) said, “Let no child remain uneducated while I
hold the reigns of power”, as such the idea of starting a degree college at Lucknow was approved by
the leaders of the Shia Community in the year 1915.
A delegation met the Lieutenant Governor of the then United Provinces of Agra and Avadh to
seek permission for the establishment of the College. The plan could not materialize immediately at
that time due to the restrictions imposed by the State Government in view of the proposed unitary
teaching-cum-residential University at Lucknow with Canning College as the nucleus. Thus Shia College
started as a school in 1919. The classes were temporarily arranged in the premises of Asifi Imambara
(Bara Imambara and Roomi Darwaza). The college rose to the status of an Intermediate College in
1922, teaching subjects in Humanities and Social Sciences.
The same year (1922), foundation was laid to construct a building for the College on the land
provided by “Karbala of King Nasiruddin Haider of Oudh” on Sitapur Road. Land was also donated to the
College on Faizabad Road. With generous donations pouring in from the masses of Shia community, the
major shares naturally being from Nawabs, Taluqedars and other well wishers a spacious building for the
college came into being and the classes were shifted to it in 1923. Teaching of Natural Sciences at Intermediate
level was introduced in 1932 with well equipped Laboratories.
When in 1947, the University of Lucknow decided to permit the teaching of Science out side the
premises of Canning College, Shia College was one of the first three Colleges of Lucknow to be found
suitable for the purpose. The same year teaching started in the College for students pursuing courses for the
degree of Bachelor of Science.
The permission to start classes in courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts of the
University of Lucknow was granted to the College in 1960, for which an old building (now completely
reconsructed) was purchased by the College on Victoria Street. The recognition to start classes for
Bachelor of Laws was granted to the College in 1970 and for Bachelor of Commerce in 1972. Teaching
for the courses leading to P.G. Diploma and other certificates in Computer Applications was started in
1987. Computer Science as a subject at B.Sc. level was introduced in 1989.
Computer Applications as a subject was introduced for B.A. Students (boys & girls) in 2001 and is being run successfully at Victoria Street Campus. A Job Oriented Course leading to Post Graduate
Diploma in Computer Applications (P.G.D.C.A.) has been recognised by Lucknow University
from the session 2004-05. The course is professional in nature and very useful in the current age of
The College has now risen to Post-Graduate level and M.A. Classes in Urdu and Sociology have
been started from 1995 and 1996 respectively. M.Com (Applied Economics) Classes were started
from the academic session 2005-06, M.Sc. (Zoology) and M.Com (Pure Commerce) classes have
been started from the session 2006-07, Master of Journalism & Mass Communication (M.J.M.C.) are
running successfully from the session-2007-08. M.Sc./M.A. (Statistics) classes have also been started
from the session - 2008-09.
A highly professional management course Bachelor of Business Administration (International
Business) i.e. B.B.A. (I.B.) was started from the session 2005-06.
Prosposals for seeking permission to start M.Sc. (Botany) and Bachelor of Computer
Applications (B.C.A.) courses have also been sent to the Government.
With the expansion of teaching faculties, the College constructed new faculty blocks to add more class
rooms in 1967 and a large library building in 1972 at Sitapur Road Campus. The enormous job of renovation
and reconstruction of the Victoria Street Campus of the College was started under the dynamic leadership of
Maulana S.M.H.Tahir Jarwali, the then Hony. Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the College in 1980 with
nominal grants from the U.G.C. and the State Government, the major share being arranged by the College Trust
itself. A new block of class rooms has been constructed with special grant from Rizvi Builders of Bombay. In
addition to this, construction of a new building named “HAZRAT ALI(A.S.) BLOCK” having three halls and
four class-rooms was completed at Sitapur Road Campus in 2001-02.
A new block named HAZRAT ABBAS(A.S.) BLOCK having 3 most modern class rooms, Departmental
Library, Staff Room & Offices for BBA (I.B.) at ground floor & two Laboratories with
latest equipments for research work, Physiology Lab having modern Apparatuses, Departmental Library
& two Staff rooms for Post Graduate Deptt. of Zoology at First floor was constructed in the year
The construction of a new Basket-Ball Court of International standard and a new block
consisting of three big class rooms named HASNAIN(A.S.) BLOCK was completed in the year 2006.
Recent Constructions of the College include - Hazrat Abu Talib(A.S.) Block - meant for Admission and
Examination purposes having seating capacity of 700 students and a double storeyed Imam Jafar-e-
Sadiq(A.S.) Block measuring about 19000 Sq.Ft. consisting of a big examination hall and 5 big class
With a view to provide education for girls from economically backward areas of old Lucknow,
B.A. classes for girls were started in 1982, at Victoria Street Campus. For girls, LL.B classes from
1995; B.Com. Classes from 1996 and B.Sc. (Biology) Classes from 2002 have also been started at
Victoria Street Campus.
Established with lofty ideals, Shia College has grown from a School to a Post-Graduate College
within about eight decades enrolling about 10,000 students per academic session with about 200 teachers
and about the same number of non-teaching staff. God willing the College shall continue to grow to
greater heights to serve the nation and humanity in a still better way.