Staff Reporter

Series of programmes planned to mark 120 years of college

‘Kaleidoscope’, a volume of alumni reminiscences to be released during fest

Azhar, Balakrishna, Rakesh Sharma, Shyam Benegal etc to attend

HYDERABAD: It will be a memorable occasion for the alumni and current students of Nizam College as it gears up to commemorate 120 years on a grand scale from February 20. The inaugural celebrations will held on the college premises from 4.30 p.m.

A series of programmes such as science and cartographic exhibitions, street plays, skits, songs, dances, mushaira, antakshari, power-point presentation explaining the history of the college and release of a volume of alumni reminiscences called ‘Kaleidoscope’ will be conducted as part of the three-day celebrations.

The alumni, including Assembly Speaker K. R. Suresh Reddy, Labour Minister G. Vinod, cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma, noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal, former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin, Telugu film actor Balakrishna and others would grace the occasion, College Principal S. Satyanarayana told reporters here on Monday.

History

The college came into existence in 1887 though in 1872 itself its earlier version – Madrasa-i-Aliya and Madrasa-i-Mubarak were established. The college was upgraded in 1877 and initially Intermediate classes were started.

In 1879, BA course was introduced and since then the college continues to be known for its excellence in arts stream. “This evolution has taken place over 12 decades,” he said. Affiliated to Madras University in the earlier years, the college became a constituent college of Osmania University in 1947.