Wednesday, August 28, 2013

150th Birth Anniversary of Madan Mohan Malaviya Commemorative Coin (1861-2011)

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The India Government Mint issued this commemorative coin set and opened bookings for the same for a period of two months in April, 2013.

Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (1861–1946) was an Indian educationist and politician notable for his role in the Indian independence movement and his espousal of Hindu nationalism.

Today, he is most remembered as the founder of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) - the largest residential university in Asia and one of the largest in the world having over 12,000 students across arts, sciences, engineering and technology - at Varanasi in 1916, of which he also remained the Vice Chancellor from 1919 to 1938. Pandit Malviya was one of the founders of Scouting in India. He also founded a highly influential English newspaper - The Leader - published from Allahabad in 1909.