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The Daly College, Indore.
Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
Motto"Gyanamev Shakti" or "Knowledge is Power (Strength)"
Established1882 (1870) [1]
Head of schoolRai Bahadur Sumer Singh Muhajir, Mian Talukdar of Lyallpur Zamindari [2]
GradesPre Primary - 12th.
Number of students2000 appx.
Campus size118 acres (0.48 km2)
HousesBoys : Ashoka, Jawahar-Tagore, Rajendra & Vikram ; Girls : Ahilya, Bharti & Indira .
AffiliationCentral Board of Secondary Education Examination (CBSE)

The Daly College, located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, was founded by General Sir Henry Daly of the Imperial Indian Army during the colonial India's British Raj. It was established in 1881, and is one of the oldest co-educational boarding school in the world.[1]

The school has graduated many dignitaries and is a reputed co-educational, residential public school of India. Daly College is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E.). In 2007, the first-ever International Round Square Conference was held at Daly College, attended at its President by H.M. King Constantine II of Greece [2], and in December of the year, a commemorative stamp on the college was released by India Post [3]



It was founded in 1882. But in 1870 the Princes of Central India were motivated by Sir Henry Daly, Agent to the Governor-General for Central India (1871-1881), into establishing the "Central India Princely School", to provide a British education to their sons. The school was visited by H.E. Lord Northbrook (1st Earl of Northbrook) in 1875, thereafter it was renamed "Indore Residency College" in 1876 with Mr. Aberigh Mackay as its first principal. Later in 1882, the Chiefs decided to name the college; THE DALY COLLEGE, to honour the contribution of Sir Henry Daly.

The 'foundation stone' of the new building was laid down on November 14: 1885 by H.E. Lord Dufferin (1st Marquess of Dufferin & Ava) Viceroy & Governor-General of India, as a memorial in the honour of Sir Henry Daly[4]. In 1891 the Maharaja Holkar of Indore and the Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior donated the two student houses. In 1898, the "Rajkumar School" which had opened at Nowgaon near Chhatarpur (Bundelkhand) in 1872, was amalgamated with the Daly College.[5][6]. Later Lt. Gen. H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sir Madho Rao Scindia II, Maharaja of Gwalior unveiled a bust in the honour of Sir Henry Daly in the main building of the school.

Daly College, Indore

In 1905, Sir Henry's Son; Sir Huge Dermont Daly was appointed "The Agent" to the Governor-General for Central India at Indore, to the position previously occupied by his father. He took great interest in the Daly College and flourished it as a Chief's College. H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sir Tukoji Rao Holkar III, Maharaja of Indore then donated 118 acres of land east of the old campus and various Rulers contributed to build on the newly acquired land . Construction started in 1906 on two student houses, a Temple, a Mosque and the Principal's residence. The main building was constructed out of marble from the Udaipur quarries and was designed in the Indo-Saracenic architecture by Col. Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob.[7]

The main building was 'officially inaugurated' on November 8: 1912 by H.E. Lord Hardinge (1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst) Viceroy & Governor-General of India, after which the old campus was given up. For the next 28 years the College was open exclusively to the sons of the Princes and Chiefs of Central India as well as the rest in the Indian Empire. In 1940 showing great vision, the Board of Governors decided to prepare students for a modern and free India. The Daly College came together with a few other institutions and started the "Indian Public Schools Conference" (I.P.S.C.) its doors were thrown open to admissions on merit, regardless of caste or creed . Since then the Daly College has grown in strength and reputation and now offers the most modern of education in a heritage setting.The school became coeducational residential in 1997, and in 2005 it became a member of the Round Square .

Our Founder

The founder : Sir Henry Daly , from the very first had evinced a great interest in education . He instituted the "Residency College" at Indore and paid close attention to its work and all round progress .

He took a leading part in the discussion , which resulted in the foundation of the Mayo College at Ajmer . There is hardly a state in Central India , which does not point with pride to the schools and colleges that owe their origin to his initiatives . Sir Henry Daly was a man of action himself ; it was one of his well-known saying that : "a political officer who could not jump on a horse and ride fifty miles when duty called him wasn't worth keeping" !

It was in February 1881 , that Sir Henry Daly finally left India . After his departure a monument was set on foot by the chiefs of Central India to commemorate in some visible and substantial manner the services rendered to the province .

The "Residency College" at Indore was conducted in somewhat meager and inadequate building and it was felt that the provision of better accommodation would be an appropriate tribute to the memory of one who had been a pioneer of education in India . Subscriptions flowed in and in due course a handsome building bearing the name "The Daly College" and containing a full suite of classrooms was erected in a good position about half a mile from the residency .

All who are in a way connected with the college are proud to have such a Founder to look up to . His whole life was an example for all to follow .


Sir Henry Dermot Daly , GCB , CIE , OBI , IOM - was born at Kirkee , near Poona , on 25 October 1823 , according to his son Hugh's biography of his father . Sir Henry himself states in 3 census returns that he was born in the Isle of Wight (1861 and 1881 at Carisbrooke - 1891 at Parkhurst). His father : Francis Dermot Daly was a infantry soldier and served in the British Indian Army from 1821 to - in the 4th Light Dragoons .

Sir Henry Daly was a keen student of history and delved into the history of the States of Malwa region . His cheerful and pleasant disposition won him the friendship and confidence of the Ruling Princes & Chiefs of Malwa . In 1870 , he took up appointment as "The Agent" to the Governor General for Central India , which he held until he left India eleven years later . Towards the end of 1889 he suffered a serious injury in a fall while riding and never fully recovered . He died on 21 July 1895 . As a person he was simple , unaffected and conscientious and had been twice recommended for the Victoria Cross , the highest military honor in Britain for gallantry in battle as well as he was awarded the Indian Mutiny Medal for his active role and commanding skills during the Revolt of 1857 .

His legacy to India was in the form of a modern English school to educate the Princes of the then States of Central India . He instituted the Residency College at Indore and closely monitored its progress . After his demise , the Chiefs of the Central Indian Princely States proposed to commemorate in some visible and substantial manner the services which he had rendered to the province . Consequently , in 1906 the new Daly College was constructed as a huge , magnificent white marble building by the "Holkar State Public Works Department" in the center of a 118 acre campus , the land for which was presented by the Indore State for the purpose .

Students of the First Batch

  • His Highness Maharajadhiraja , Raj-Rejehwar , Sawai Sir Shivaji Rao Holkar Shamsher Bahadur (alias Bala Sahib) , GCSI , GCIE , Maharaja of Indore .
  • His Highness Maharaja Sir Anand Rao Puar III Bahadur (alias Dadu Sahib) , KCSI , KCIE , KiH , Maharaja of Dhar .
  • His Highness Maharaja Krishnaji Rao Puar II Bahadur (alias Baba Sahib) , KiH , Maharaja of Dewas [Senior] .
  • His Highness Maharaja Sir Malhar Rao Puar Bahadur (alias Dada Sahib) , KCSI , KiH , Maharaja of Dewas [Junior] .
  • His Highness Maharaja Sir Ranjeet Singh Rathore Bahadur , KCIE , KiH , Maharaja of Ratlam .
  • His Highness Raja Sir Jaswant Singh Rathore , KCIE , KiH , Raja of Sailana .
  • Rana Ranjit Singh Parmar , Rana of Mathwar .
  • Rana Indrajit Singh Rathore , Rana of Jobat .
  • Raja Ranjit Singh Bundela , Thakur of Girwana (Gwalior State) .
  • Raja Raghunath Singh Rathore , Thakur of Bagli (Dewas State) .
  • Thakur Rai Singh Parmar , Thakur of Bakhatgarh (Dhar State) .
  • Thakur Amar Singh Chauhan , Thakur of Namli (Ratlam State) .
  • Maharaj Chattra Singh Rathore , Thakur of Semlia (Sailana State) .
  • Thakur Hamir Singh Bhilala , Bhumia of Jamnia (Dhar State) .
  • Thakur Sher Singh Bhilala , Bhumia of Kali Baori (Dhar State) .
  • Thakur Dario Singh Bhilala , Bhumia of Nimkhera (Dhar State) .
  • Rajkumar Jaswant Rao Holkar (alias Bahu Sahib) of Indore .
  • Sahibzada Yassin Muhammad Khan of Bhopal .
  • Kuwar Lal Singh Rathore of Amleta (Ratlam State) .
  • Kuwar Dalpat Singh Rathore of Amleta (Ratlam State) .
  • Mian Nawab Bahadur Khan of Banda Estate .
  • Mian Sirdar Bahadur Khan of Banda Estate .
  • Shrimant Raghunath Singh Rathore of Amjhera (Gwalior State) .

The Original Donors

Saluted States

Central India Presidency - (in the Order of Precedence)

Treaty States
  • Lieutenant General His Highness Maharajadhiraja , Mukhtar-ul-Mulk , A'zim-ul-Iqtidar , Rafi-ush-Shaan , Wala Shikoh , Mohtasham-i-Dauran , Umdat-ul-Umara , Hisam-us-Saltanat , Sir Madho Rao Scindia II Alijah Bahadur , Shrinath-i-Mansur-i-Zaman , Fidwi-i-Hazrat-i-Malik-i-Mauzzam , Rafi-ud-Darjat-i-Inglistan , GCSI , GCIE , GCVO , GBE , KiH , GCStJ , GCPM , Maharaja of Gwalior .
  • His Highness Maharajadhiraja , Raj-Rajeshwar , Sawai Sir Tukoji Rao Holkar III Shamsher Bahadur , GCIE , GCStJ , Maharaja of Indore .
  • Her Highness Nawab , Iftikhar-ul-Mulk , Sikander Saulat , Dame Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan Begum Jung Bahadur , GCSI , GCIE , GBE , CI , GCStJ , KiH , Nawab Begum of Bhopal .
  • Lieutenant Colonel His Highness Maharajadhiraj , Samrajiya Bandhovesh , Sir Venkat Raman Ramanuj Prasad Singh Baghel JuDev Bahadur , Raja-i-Baghelkhand , GCSI , Maharaja of Rewa (Bandhavgarh) .
  • His Highness Maharaja Mahendra , Saramad-i-Raja-i-Bundelkhand , Sawai Sir Pratap Singh Bundela JuDev Bahadur , GCSI , GCIE , KBE , Maharaja of Orchha (Tikamgarh) .
  • Colonel His Highness Maharaja Sir Udaji Rao Puar II Bahadur , KCSI , KCIE , KBE , Maharaja of Dhar .
  • His Highness Maharaja Lokendra Sir Bhawani Singh Bundela Bahadur , KCSI , Maharaja of Datia .
  • His Highness Maharaja Sir Tukoji Rao Puar III Bahadur , KCSI , Maharaja of Dewas [Senior] .
  • His Highness Maharaja Sadashiv Rao Puar Bahadur , Maharaja of Dewas [Junior] .
  • His Highness Maharaja Sir Bir Singh Badgujar Bahadur , KCIE , Maharaja of Samthar.
Sanad States
  • Lieutenant Colonel His Highness Nawab , Fakhr-ud-Daula , Sir Muhammad Iftikar Ali Khan Pindari Bahadur , Saulat Jung , GBE , KCIE , Nawab of Jaora .
  • Major General His Highness Maharaja Sir Sajjan Singh Rathore Bahadur , GCIE , KCSI , KCVO , Maharaja of Ratlam .
  • Major His Highness Maharaja Mahendra Sir Yadvendra Singh Bundela Bahadur , KCSI , KCIE , Maharaja of Panna .
  • His Highness Maharajadhiraj , Sipahdar-ul-Mulk , Sir Arimardan Singh Bundela Bahadur , KCIE , Maharaja of Charkhari .
  • His Highness Maharaja Sir Vishwanath Singh Parmar Bahadur , KCIE , Maharaja of Chhatarpur .
  • His Highness Maharaja Sawai Sir Sawant Singh Bundela Bahadur , KCIE , Maharaja of Bijawar .
  • His Highness Maharaja Sawai Sir Ranjor Singh Bundela Bahadur , KCIE , Maharaja of Ajaigarh .
  • His Highness Nawab , A'zam-ul-Umara , Iftikhar-ud-Daula , Imad-ul-Mulk , Sahib-i-Jah , Mihin Sardar , Muhammad Riyaz-ul-Hassan Khan , Safdar Jung , Nawab of Baoni (Kadaura) .
  • Captain His Highness Maharana Sir Ranjit Singh Sisodia , KCIE , Rana of Barwani .
  • His Highness Maharaja Uday Singh Rathore , Raja of Jhabua .
  • His Highness Raja Rawat Sir Bane Singh Parmar , KCIE , Raja of Rajgarh .
  • His Highness Raja Rawat Sir Arjun Singh Parmar , KCIE , Raja of Narsingarh .
  • His Highness Raja Sir Pratap Singh Rathore , KCIE , Raja of Alirajpur .
  • His Highness Raja Sir Ram Singh Rathore , KCIE , Raja of Sitamau .
  • His Highness Raja Sir Jaswant Singh Rathore , KCIE , KiH, Raja of Sailana .
  • His Highness Raja Jaduvendra Singh Parihar , Raja of Nagod (Unchehara) .
  • His Highness Raja Raghuveer Singh Kachhawa , Raja of Maihar .
  • His Highness Raja Rao Bahadur Bhawani Singh Chauhan , Raja of Khilchipur .
  • His Highness Raja Bahadur Pratap Singh Raghuvansi , Raja of Baraundha (Pathar-Kachhar) .

Non-Saluted States

Malwa Residency - Gwalior Agency, Indore Agency & Bhopal Agency
  • Raja Hathiya Rai Bharat Lachu Shah , Raja of Makrai .
  • Nawab Muhammad Munwar Ali Khan , Nawab of Kurwai .
  • Rana Indrajit Singh Rathore , Rana of Jobat .
  • Rana Ranjit Singh Parmar , Rana of Mathwar .
  • Rawat Mangal Singh Doria , Rawat of Piploda .
  • Rana Thakur Bahadur Singh Jadon , Chief of Kathiwada .
  • Raja Rao Khadag Singh Bundela , Rao of Khaniyadhana .
  • Thakur Dashrat Singh Sisodia , Chief of Ratanmaal .
  • Nawab Muhammad Abdul Karhim Khan , Nawab of Pathari .
  • Nawab Muhammad Siddiq Quli Khan , Nawab of Muhamadgarh .
Nowgaon Residency - Bundelkhand Agency & Baghelkhand Agency
  • Raja Rao Bahadur Sher Singh Baghel , Raja of Sohawal .
  • Raja Bahadur Bhagwat Singh Baghel , Raja of Kothi .
  • Raja Rao Chhatrapati Singh Parihar , Rao of Alipura .
  • Rao Gopal Singh Bundela , Rao of Jaso .
  • Diwan Bahadur Pratipal Pratap Jujhotia , Chief of Gaurihar .
  • Diwan Anirudh Prasad Chaube , Chief of Paldeo (Nayagaon) .
  • Rao Chhatrapati Singh Bundela , Rao of Lugasi .
  • Rao Bahadur Chandrabhan Singh Bundela , Rao of Garrauli .
  • Raja Bahadur Pahar Singh Bundela , Raja of Sarila .
  • Rao Raghuraj Singh Parmar , Rao of Beri .
  • Diwan Chhatrasal Prasad Chaube , Chief of Bhaisaunda .
  • Diwan Laxmi Prasad Chaube , Chief of Pahra (Chaubepur) .
  • Rao Lakshman Singh Bundela , Rao of Jigni .
  • Diwan Brijgopal Prasad Chaube , Chief of Taraon (Pathraundi) .
  • Rao Mahum Singh Bundela , Rao of Bihat .
  • Rao Thakur Arjun Singh Bundela , Chief of Tori-Fatehpur .
  • Thakur Ranjor Singh Bundela , Chief of Dhurwai .
  • Thakur Makund Singh Bundela , Chief of Bijna .
  • Thakur Mehrban Singh Bundela , Chief of Banka-Pahari .
  • Diwan Ram Pratap Rao , Chief of Kamta-Rajaula .
  • Diwan Vishwanath Ahir , Chief of Naigawan-Rebai .

Vision Statement

" To foster a democratic environment that encourages life long participation in the acquisition of knowledge and is supportive, innovative and demanding of excellence, combining the best of traditions with modernity . To develop well- rounded, independent thinking and confident individuals with leadership and communication skills who are socially, emotionally and spiritually secure . To create global citizens with strong values, who are environmentally and socially conscious and who have the ability to constantly drive and benefit from change . "

Patrons of the Daly College

Hereditary Patrons :

[India's Independence]

Life Patrons :

Presidents of the Board of Governors

Union of India

Republic of India

  • Maj. Gen. H.H. Maharajadhiraja , Raj-Rajeshwar , Sawai Yeshwant Rao Holkar II Shamsher Bahadur , Maharaja of Indore : (1949-1955) .
  • H.H. Raja Rao Bahadur Yashodhar Singh Chauhan , Raja of Khilchipur : (1955-1959) .
  • Maj. Gen. H.H. Maharajadhiraj , Shrimant Shahji Rao Bhosle II Bahadur , Chatrapati Maharaj , Maharaja of Kohlapur : (1959-1965) .
  • H.H. Maharaja Krishnaji Rao Puar III Bahadur , Maharaja of Dewas [Senior] : (1965-1968) .
  • H.H. Maharaja Ajit Singh Rathore , Raja of Jhabua : (1968-1971) .
  • H.H. Raja Rawat Bhanu Prakash Singh Parmar , Raja of Narsingarh : (1971-1980) .
  • H.H. Maharaja Ajit Singh Rathore , Raja of Jhabua : (1980-1983) .
  • H.H. Raja Surendra Singh Rathore , Raja of Alirajpur : (1983-1987) .
  • H.H. Maharaja Krishnaji Rao Puar III Bahadur , Maharaja of Dewas [Senior] : (1987-1991) .
  • Rana Thakur Jayendra Singh Jadon , Chief of Kathiwada : (1991-1995) .
  • H.H. Maharaja Krishnaji Rao Puar III Bahadur , Maharaja of Dewas [Senior] : (1995-1997) .
  • Thakur Narendra Singh Rathore , Thakur of Bidwal (Dhar State) : (1997-2004) .
  • H.H. Maharaja Tukoji Rao Puar IV Bahadur , Maharaja of Dewas [Senior] : (2004-2007) .
  • H.H. Maharaja Narendra Singh Rathore , Raja of Jhabua : (2008-present) .

Coat of arms

The "Arms" represent the main section of the Central Indian Royal Communities : Maratha, Rajput, Bundela (Rajput) and Mohammedan. The arms have been devised in great measure from those given to Ruling Chiefs & Princes in the Delhi Durbar, banners of 1877.

1st Quarter - 'Tenne' is the nearest 'Heraldic colour' to 'bhagwa', the colour of Maratha standard and of Shivaite devotee ; the 'wings and flame' represent the Puar (Maratha), who claim descent from the Parmar (Rajput), the worldwide sovereignty of clan being proverbial 'Wings', while they were also 'Aganikulas' so the 'Flame' ; the play of 6 argent and gules gives the well known Holkar banner, while the 'Horse of Khandoba' is their emblem ; the chief azure is for Scindia, and the 'Cobra' is the mark of the house.

2nd Quarter - A Barry of fives is the 'Pachranga' of the Rajput ; the 'Sun' representing the "Suryavanshis" ; the 'Moon' the "Chandravanshis" and the 'Fire-pit' the "Agnivanshis".

3rd Quarter - 'Green' is the Mohammedan colour and the crescent their badge ; the tower represents Bhopal and its fort of "Fatehgarh" ; the 'spear' and 'sword' the Pindari (Tonk & Jaora) element ; and the 'Fish'- the "Mani Martib" - their sacred emblem.

4th Quarter - 'Purpule' or 'murrey' is given to all Bundela arms, the chevron 'gutty de sang' refers to the traditional origin from 'bund' a drop, the fort on a hill to the famous Kalinjar Fort of Bundelkhand, and to the Vindhyas whence also (Vyandhyachal) they derive their name . "Devi Vindhyvasini" of Mirzapur is the 'tutelary goddess' of the clan .

The Supporters :On the left is a "Holkar Maratha" warrior and on the right is a "Bundela Rajput" warrior . Below the 'barley' refers to Bundelkhand and the 'poppy' to Malwa, thus designating the east and the west of the region .

The Daly College Coat of Arms are commemorative of Sir Henry Daly . All these symbols of different states are brought together by a common motto "Gyanameva Shakti" .

Notable alumni

Further reading

  • Foundations of Daly College, Indore [India], by David Michael Litster. Published by Institute of Civil Engineers, 1889.
  • Memoirs of General Sir Henry Dermot Daly, G.C.B.C.I.E., Sometime Commander of Central India, by Hugh Daly. Published 1905.
  • Report of the working of the Daly college, by Indore Daly college. Published 1916.
  • A short history of the Daly College, by Daly College (Indore, India). Published by (s.n.), 1932.
  • Colonial childhoods: the juvenile periphery of India, 1850-1945, by Satadru Sen. Anthem Press, 2005. ISBN 1843311771.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lord Curzon in India: Being a Selection from His Speeches as Viceroy and Governor-General of India 1898-1905, by George Nathaniel Curzon Curzon, Thomas Raleigh. Published by Macmillan and co., limited, 1906. Page 233. Speech: "4th November, 1905"...."The old Daly College was founded here as long ago as 1881, in the time of that excellent and beloved Political Officer, Sir Henry Daly"...
  2. 2.0 2.1 the first-ever International Round Square Conference at Daly College November 2, 2007.
  3. 08th December 2007: A commemorative postage stamp on 'THE DALY COLLEGE' -Denomination 0500 P India Post Official website.
  4. Modern English biography: containing many thousand concise memoirs of persons who have died since the year 1850, with an index of the most interesting matter, by Frederic Boase. Published by Netherton and Worth, 1912. Page 16 "the Daly college, Indore erected as a memorial of him was opened 14 Nov, 1885".
  5. Speeches By George Nathaniel Curzon. Published by Office of the Superintendent of Govt. Print., India, 1902. Page 408.
  6. The History and culture of the Indian people, by Ramesh Chandra Majumdar, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bharatiya Itihas Samiti. Published by G. Allen & Unwin, 1969. Page 72.
  7. World architecture 1900-2000: a critical mosaic, by Kenneth Frampton, Rahul Mehrotra, Preeti Goel Sanghi, Shilpa Ranade. Published by Springer, 2000. ISBN 3211832912. Page 24.

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