Maharashtra government plans hostel for students at ‘Ambedkar’s house’ in London

The Maharashtra government is in its final stages of purchasing a house on King Henry’s Road in North London. This is the house where Dr.BR Ambedkar had lived as a student when he was studying at the London School of Economics (LSE) between 1921 and 1923. The Maharashtra government is considering options of opening it up for visitors or students to stay.

The Indian High Commission in London is facilitating the purchase for the Maharashtra government. The house is approximately estimated to cost Rs 35-40 crore. The annual maintenance of the house is pegged at £60,000 (Rs 60 lakh).

In October 1916 he enrolled for the Bar course at Gray’s Inn, and also at the same time enrolled at the London School of Economics where he started work on a doctoral thesis. But in June 1917 he was obliged to go back to India as the term of his scholarship from Baroda ended. However, he was given permission to return to submit his thesis within four years.

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His thesis was on the “Indian Rupee.” Ambedkar came back to London at the first opportunity and completed his studies. At the London School of Economics he took a Master’s degree in 1921 and in 1923 he took his D.Sc.in Economics, and the same year he was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn. His third and fourth Doctorates (Ll.D, Columbia, 1952 and Ll.D., Osmania, 1953) were conferred honoris causa.

– Spadman

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