The university also threw open its gates for the common people on Monday on the occassion.
The idea of starting an university in Lucknow was first mooted by Raja Sir Mohammad Ali Mohammad Khan, Khan Bahadur, of Mahmudabad.
When Sir Harcourt Butler, was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of the United Provinces, he took the first step to set up a general committee of educationists and persons interested in university education in November 1919.
The Lucknow University Act, No. V of 1920 received the assent of the Lieutenant-Governor on November 1, and of the Governor-General on November 25, 1920.
Some of the famous alumni of the Lucknow University include former President Shankar
Dayal Sharma, novelist Qurratulain Haider, activist Sajjad Zaheer, his daughter and playwright Nadira Babbar, politician Surjit Singh Barnala, former Chief Justice of India, Justice AS Anand, senior journalist Vinod Mehta, former union ministers NKP Salve and Harish Rawat and renowned cardiologist Dr Naresh Trehan.
Former minister Arvind Singh Gope and UP minister Brijesh Pathak have been presidents of the Students Union in the Lucknow University.
However, the university – much to the chagrin of the alumni-has not finalized on a plan for the centenary celebrations.
“We have a officiating vice -chancellor and there is no vision for the celebrations. We would like to invite all old students for different programmes but no one knows what is happening,” said a senior faculty member of the University on Monday.
LU spokesperson Durgesh Srivastava, when asked, said that a plantation drive will held on Monday and 100 saplings to mark the centenary year will be planted on the campus.
Visitors can go to the Anthropological Museum, known for its ancient artefacts of tribal culture collected from across the country, and also the zoology and geology museums would also remain open, he added.
Meanwhile, career counsellor Ms. Amrita Dass, who is gold medalist from the university from where she completed her MA (western history), has preserved her old identity cards with black and white passport size photographs.