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Anjuman-e-Islam: Pioneers of Mid-Day Meals and Education in India

Beyond its educational endeavors, Anjuman-e-Islam played a pivotal role in India's freedom struggle.

Before India pioneered mid-day meals for children in government schools, Anjuman-e-Islam, a Muslim institution in Mumbai, introduced this scheme over 150 years ago. The Anjuman-e-Islam Urdu School, established by forward-thinking Muslim intellectuals, spearheaded this initiative to address nutritional needs and encourage underprivileged families to prioritize education.

The Visionaries Behind Anjuman-e-Islam

Founded by visionaries like Badruddin Tyabji, the first Indian barrister of the Bombay High Court, and Qamaruddin Tyabji, the third president of the Indian National Congress, Anjuman-e-Islam had its roots in the intellect of Mumbai’s early Muslim leaders. Supported by Nakhuda Mohammad, Ali Roge, and Ghulam Mohammad Munshi, the school originated at Babula Tank near Umarkhadi in Bombay province, later relocating to a building opposite Victoria Terminals (now ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus’) in 1893.

Anjuman-e-Islam’s Contribution to Education

In its initial years, ‘Anjuman’ provided various facilities, including mid-day meals consisting of boiled eggs, bread, and bananas. This educational institution, predating the establishment of Aligarh Muslim University, aimed to provide modern education to Muslims and initially only admitted boys. It wasn’t until much later, in 1936, that ‘Saif Tayyabji Girls High School’ was founded on Bellasis Road, opening its doors to female students.

Transformative Impact and Growth

What began as a modest school on 21 February 1874, with three teachers and 120 students, has now burgeoned into 97 institutions. Over 1.1 lakh students, from nursery classes to Ph.D. programs, are enrolled in Anjuman’s educational institutions. Remarkably, 70 percent of these students are the first in their families to receive formal education.

Anjuman-e-Islam: A Pillar in India’s Freedom Struggle

Beyond its educational endeavors, Anjuman-e-Islam played a pivotal role in India’s freedom struggle. Notable figures like Moinuddin Harris and Mustafa Fakih faced imprisonment during this period, and the institution hosted numerous policy meetings contributing to the fight for independence.


Anjuman-e-Islam stands as a testament to a visionary institution’s profound impact on society. From pioneering mid-day meals to fostering education, this institution has played an integral role in shaping the educational landscape of India.

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