Amir Chand, a Stephanian, who was
allegedly involved in a bomb attack on the Viceroy, Lord
Hardinge in 1913 was defended by Allnutt in Court. He, and
Avadh Behari, another old student, were sentenced to death
in the Delhi Conspiracy Case.
Sameenuddin Khan, an old student(1945-7) now in Pakistan,
was successful in disrupting the morning assembly and with
50-100 men boycotted classes and went on a protest march
against the I.N.A. trials. He pulled down the Union Jack
from the Flagstaff. The Partition deprived him and Haroon
Bokhari(1944-7)of their degrees from Delhi University.
Asaf Ali, an old student and later a prominent member of
the Congress Party, was amongst the defendant lawyers
during the I.N.A. trials.
EducationAbhinash Chander Ghose (lecturer in
Philosophy 1899-1910, 1913-18), was ordained in 1896 as
Samuel Ghose. He was the first old student to join the
staff, in May 1898. Pt Raghubar Dayal (lecturer in
Sanskrit 1901-15) and Khub Ram (lecturer in Physics
1902-22) were the second and third old students to join
Two old Stephanians who became
Vice-Chancellors of Delhi University were Dr Khan Bahadur
Abdur Rehman(1930-34) and Rai Bahadur Dr Ram
Dr Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, an old student from 1924 to
1928, later served as lecturer in History from 1928 to
1944. In 1947, during the Partition riots, the Muslim
students were evacuated to the Purana Qila. During the
riots Dr Qureshi's library was burnt down and in the
turmoil Mr Walker was injured while defending the
University Laboratories from the mobs. Dr Qureshi
subsequently migrated to Pakistan in 1948 in a burkha to
escape detection. He later served in the Pakistan
Government as Education Minister and was the
Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University. In his memory the
first Dr I.H.Qureshi Memorial Lecture was delivered in
1982. Some of Dr Qureshi's books are: Administration of the
Mughal Empire, Administration of the Sultanate of Delhi
and Akbar: The Architect of the Mughal Empire.
Dr Basanta Kumar Mittra, a Stephanian, was the first
principal of Delhi Tibbia College-an institution set up to
revamp the Unani and Ayurvedic systems of medicine by
using the experimental methods of western science.
Lala Raghubir Singh, a Stephanian, was the
founder of Modern School, Delhi.
Some Vice-Chancellors from College: Sir Abdur Rehman
(Universities of Delhi, Punjab and Madras), Dr Ram Kishore
(Delhi), Dr J.C.Chatterjee (Agra), Dr Ram Behari
(Jodhpur), Dr S.M. Sen (Bardwan) and Dr I.H. Qureshi
Olympians from College:
M.N. Masud played hockey for India at the Berlin Olympics
H.E. the late Maharaja of Bikaner, Dr. Karni Singh,
represented India at numerous shooting championships
including five Olympic games since 1960.He was the first
Indian to have won medals in the World Championships
(silver, Cairo, 1962) and the Asian Games
(silver, Tehran, 1974). Randhir Singh represented India in
shooting over four decades and has taken part in six
Olympic Games since the Tokyo Games, 1964.
Ranjit Bhatia was a member of the athletics squad to the
Rome Olympics 1960. He ran the 5000m and the Marathon.
The Late Lt. Kiran Seth was an outstanding swimmer and
basketball player who represented College, Delhi
University, Delhi state and the Services. He was killed in
action in 1965. A memorial tournament has been instituted
to honor him.
Sanjit Bunker Roy (captain, squash 1965-66) was a national
champion and played in the world Championships in 1967 and
1971. Influenced by the Bihar famine he devoted his life
to social work and established the Social Work and
Research Centre at Tilonia, Rajasthan.
W.N. Usmani (200m, 400m, 400m hurdles, broad jump and
triple jump) won the National Championships in the 400m
hurdles in1959. He represented India at the third Asian
Games (Tokyo), the Commonwealth Games at Cardiff and the
Indo-Pak-Iran Games at Lahore.
Inderjitsinhji, Ashok Gandotra, Arun Lal, Michael Dalvi
and Kirti Azad are old students who represented India in
cricket. Anuradha Dutt was the first Stephanian to play for
Delhi in the Inter-University Women's cricket tournament.
Vijay Mehra represented the U.A.E. in the 1996 Cricket
Jaspal Rana(1991-) won the Gold Medal in shooting in the
World Championships in Rome. He along with Mansher Singh
won the Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria,
1994.Mansher Singh, an old Stephanian, won a Gold Medal in
the 1994 Commonwealth Games.
Shailendra Sinha(1990-3) at the age of 17 was the youngest
Indian to set foot on the Arctic. He, along with his
instructor Mandip Singh Soin, reached Eureka Base Camp in
the Canadian Arctic on 22 April 1989. Sinha's adventure
was part of the "Ice Walk 1989" led by the polar
explorer, Robert Swan.
Principal David Raja Ram (seventh Principal, 1945-60) was
the first old student of College to become Principal. He
was nicknamed "Duggy" and his car,
affectionately called 'Mrs. Noah' was used to ferry staff
members to Kashmere Gate to watch the cricket matches
played by College. He committed what can be termed a
classical faux pas when he introduced Countess Edwina
Mountbatten to the assembly as 'The Mountess of
Principal Satish Chandra Sircar (eighth Principal 1960-72)
was the second old student to become Principal. He marched
in the Delhi University Contingent during the Republic Day
Parade of 1963.
Some politicians from College : Sucheta
Bhadra Singh, Vikram Mahajan, Lalit Sen, Inderjit Gupta,
K.Natwar Singh, Digvijay Singh, Rao Birendra Singh, Mani
Shankar Aiyar, Arun Singh, Salman Khursheed.
When Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, (old student
1921-2) visited College on 7 December 1974, along with his
wife, it was the first time that a Head of State and First
Lady of independent India had visited College. Zia
Ul-Haq's (old student 1940-4) novel method of ragging
freshers was to parade them down the fields in the middle
of the night. He last visited College in
1986.Incidentally, Zia ul-Haq misspelt his name in a leave
application to the Principal as Zai ul- Haq!
Sucheta Kriplani (old student) was the first woman Chief
Minister of Uttar Pradesh, from 1963-7. She was the first
woman Chief Minister of any Indian state. An old
Stephanian who has become Chief Minister of a state three
times is Virabhadra Singh of Himachal Pradesh.
Some Stephanians from Pakistan (from Mani Shankar Aiyar's
article in the Centenary Issue of The Stephanian):Gen.
Zia-ul-Haq, Dr I.H. Qureshi; S. Shahnawaz, Iqbal Butt, Birjis
Hassan Khan-diplomats; Zahoor Azhar and Taimuri-bureaucrats;
Ikramul Haq and Abdur Rahman Siddiqui-journalists;
Qadeeruddin Ahmed-Chief Justice, Baluchistan and Sindh;
Shuja-ud-Din -renowned test cricket umpire; and many
Air Chief Marshall P.C. Lall (old student) was the Chief of
Air Staff from 16 July 1968 to 15 January 1973.Admiral
S.N.Kohli (old student) was the Chief of Naval Staff from
1 March 1973 to 28 February 1976.
Some journalists from College : Sri Krishna, Vishnu Dutt,
B.G.Verghese, C.S.Pandit, Ajit Bhattachajea, Nandan Kagal,
Prem Bhatia, Swaminathan Aiyar, Arun Shourie, Dilip
Cherian, Prem Shankar Jha and Suman Dubey.
Some novelists from College : Gopal Gandhi, Amitav Ghosh,
Upamanyu Chatterjee, Nirmal Verma, Shashi Tharoor, Alan
Sealy, Anurag Mathur, Mukul Kesavan;and Khushwant Singh.
Some film-makers, actors and theatre personalities from
College : Ketan Anand, Kabir Bedi, Siddharth Kak, Shekhar
Kapur, Amit Khanna, Rajiv Mehrotra, Joy Michael, Parikshit
Sahni, Roshan Seth and Safdar Hashmi (College Street was
renamed Safdar Hashmi Marg after his death). Madhur
Jaffrey, who was in Miranda House, acted in several
Shakespeare Society productions in the 1950s.
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