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The Osmania University, established in 1918, is the seventh oldest in the country, third oldest in South India and the first to be established in the princely state of Hyderabad. Though the need for the university for the Hyderabad state was felt, both by the intelligentia and the people for a long time, the initiative came from a civil servant, Sir Akbar Hydari, who was then the home Secretary to the State Government. Sir Hydari, in a memorandum to the education minister in early 1917, emphasized the need to establish a university of Hyderabad, with Urdu as the medium of instruction as it is the language of the widest currency in India, official language of the state, and it is a language which is understood by a vast majority of the population of the state. He believed that higher education must have its foundations deep in national consciousness