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India - " education " : Mayo college & public library, Ajmer (Rajasthan)


Mayo College is a public school founded by the 6th Earl of Mayo, who was Viceroy of India from 1869 to 1872.

The school is located in Ajmer, in the state of Rajasthan, India.

With a view to providing the leaders of the princely states with an education to British standards the British Raj built a school to give education to the Indian elite, particularly the princes and nobles of Rajputana.

The idea for the college was proposed on May 28, 1869 by Colonel Walter. The school was founded in 1875 and Colonel Sir Oliver St John became its first Principal.

The founder's intention was to create an Eton of India. The 1st Earl of Lytton, Viceroy of India, said in a speech on campus in 1879:

" The idea was well expressed long ago by Colonel Walter in an excellent and most suggestive report which may have influenced Lord Mayo when he founded the present college. In that very sensible report Colonel Walter pointed out that what was then most needed for the education of India’s young rulers and nobles was an Indian Eton. Ajmer is India’s Eton and you are India’s Eton boys.”

Mayo College is one of the oldest Private Boarding Schools in India and is considered amongst the best boarding schools in the country.

Students attending school refer to themselves as Mayoites and alumni as Old Boys.

Mayo College has an exchange programme for students to travel overseas to enrich their studies.

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Taken on May 7, 2009