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Isabella Thoburn College

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Phone  0522 232 1107
Address  7, Faizabad Road, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226007
Notable alumni  Attia Hosain, Bina Rai, Rashid Jahan, Ma Prem Usha
Similar  University of Lucknow, Lucknow Christian College, Integral University, Avadh Girls Degree College, Babu Banarasi Das Univ

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The Isabella Thoburn College, formerly the Lucknow Women's College and often called informally IT College, is a college for women in Lucknow, India, named after its founder, Isabella Thoburn, an American missionary of the Methodist Episcopal Church.



The origin of the college was in a school for girls opened by Isabella Thoburn on 18 April 1870 in one room in the city-centre bazaar of Aminabad. There were then just six girls. By 1871, the school had expanded and moved to occupy a house named Lal Bagh, which had been lived in by the treasurer of the last Nawab of Awadh.

On 12 July 1886 Miss Thoburn's school was renamed as the Lucknow Women's College and began to teach Fine Arts classes under the supervision of the University of Calcutta. In 1894, this connection was abandoned in favour of a new one with Allahabad University. Following the death of Miss Thoburn in 1901, the College, still at Lal Bagh, was given its present name in her honour. In 1923, it moved to the Chand Bagh estate of almost 32 acres, where it has remained until the present day. Chand Bagh means "Moon Garden". The property was once a royal garden. After its affiliation to Lucknow University it found requisite support and guidance from Nirmal Chandra Chaturvedi, a renowned educationist and member of the university Executive Council.

The college's Principal Sarah Chakko (1905–1954) was the first woman president of the World Council of Churches.

Present day

The College is now affiliated to Lucknow University. The buildings it has developed on the Chand Bagh campus since the 1920s include student hostels, lecture rooms, laboratories, a library, a college chapel and a large hall. The college teaches five undergraduate courses, leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Education (BEd), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), and Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLISc). There are also postgraduate courses leading to the degrees of Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc).


  • Isabella Thoburn
  • Sarah Chakko
  • Dr. Eva Shipstone
  • Dr. Kamala D. Edwards
  • Ms. Mary Abraham
  • Dr. Adella Paul
  • Dr. E. S. Charles
  • Dr. Primrose H. Bodhan
  • Mrs. K. Sen
  • Dr. Vinita Prakash (Present)
  • Notable alumni

  • Martha Chen (born 1944), American academic, lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • Rashid Jahan (1905–1952), Urdu Writer.
  • Isha Basant Joshi (born 1908), first female officer of the Indian Administrative Service and writer, also known by the pen name Easha Joshi
  • Attia Hosain (1913–1998), feminist author and broadcaster
  • Ismat Chugtai (August 1915 – 24 October 1991) Eminent Indian Writer in Urdu
  • Vijayaraje Scindia (1919–2001), politician, consort of the last ruling Maharaja of Gwalior
  • Qurratulain Hyder (1928–2007), novelist
  • Bina Rai (1936–2009), actress
  • Ma Prem Usha (1937-2008), clairvoyant and columnist
  • Priya Bhatia, Eminent teaching personality
  • Padmashri Dr Mohini Giri, first chairperson of National Commission for Women in India
  • Late Mumtaz Jahan Haider, founder principal of Women's College in Aligarh
  • Dr. Crystal David John - Studied and Taught Economics here. Was the head of the Department of Economics in this college. She is currently the Head of the Department of Economics at Stella Maris College (Autonomous) Chennai 600086
  • Niharika Singh Jadaun, Creative Director-Television, Founder-'Vyaktitva' & Vice President-Janhit Society(2000-2003)
  • Manjari mukul..working as creative head in television shows..(2000-2002)
  • Deepa singh..have acted in many television shows..(2000-2002)
  • Vartika Singh - Model, Femina Miss India Grand International 2015 and Miss Grand International 2015–2nd Runner Up.
  • Nivedita Bhattacharya, Theatre and television actress
  • Lilavati Singh, educator, also taught at the college
  • Commemorative stamp

    On 12 April 2012 the Government of India issued a new five rupee postage stamp illustrating the College.


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