[Indian Students' Department, East India Association, London.] Six yearly issues of the printed 'Report on the Work of the Indian Students' Department', variously by C. E. Mallet, N. C. Sen and Thomas Quayle, from between July 1912 and 31 March 1922.

Indian Students' Department, East India Association, London (C. E. Mallet, N. C. Sen and Thomas Quayle) [Office of the High Commissioner for India]
Publication details: 
London: His Majesty's Stationery Office [the last published by the Office of the High Commissioner for India]. Six items: a run of four from July 1912/June 1913 to July 1915/June 1916; with: 1 April 1920/31 March 1921 and 1 April 1921/31 March 1922.
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From the papers held at the headquarters of the National Indian Association and the Northbrook Society, 21 Cromwell Road, London (referred to in the report for 1912/1913 as 'The House in Cromwell Road' and 'The London Bureau' and 'still to a large extent the headquarters of the Student's Department'; and in the report for 1914/1915 as 'Mr. Arnold's Bureau', referring to 'Mr. T. W. Arnold, C.I.E., the Educational Adviser in London'). For the context see F. H. Brown's article 'Indian Students in Great Britain' (with 'Discussion'), Asiatic Review, July 1925, quoting Sir Charles E. Yate: 'The special organization promoted by the State for the welfare and interests of Indian students in Great Britain is known as the Indian Students' Department, under the special charge of the High Commissioner for India, and on that Department lies the responsibility for the welfare or otherwise of the students.' See also the East India Association 1919 'Report of the Commission appointed by the government of India to enquire into the conditions and prospects of the University of Calcutta': 'Owing to the increasing number of Indian students in the United Kingdom, it was considered necessary in 1909 to constitute an organisation, subsequently called the Indian Students' Department, to supervise the needs of these Indian students. In recent years this Department has acted as an intermediary between educational institutions in the United Kingdom and Indian students. Provincial advisory committees have also been constituted in the important Indian centres.' Six folio yearly reports, comprising a run of four dated July 1912/June 1913 ([2] + 21pp); July 1913/June 1914 ([2] + 17pp); July 1914/June 1915 (15pp); July 1915/June 1916 (21pp); then 1 April 1920/31 March 1921 (38pp) and 1 April 1921/31 March 1922 (27pp). The first four reports by C. E. Mallet; the fifth by N. C. Sen; and the sixth by N. C. Sen and Thomas Quayle. The first four published by Eyre and Spottiswoode and the last by the Office of the High Commissioner for India. Gathered together in a buff card folder through a punch-hole by metal-tipped string fastening, together with covering printed leaf of the 'Indian Students Branch', completed in manuscript with file number 'C. R. | 26/-' and subject 'Annual Reports: 2nd. St. Dept.' In fair condition on aged paper. The first five stitched and the last with rusted staples, causing slight damage to folder and slight damage to the previous report. The first report is divided into the following sections (with marginal sub-headings): 'The object and need of the department', 'The London bureau', 'The advisory committees', 'The local advisers', 'Government scholars', 'Medicine and the public services', 'Women students and boys', 'The Burma Society', 'General considerations'. Subsequent reports similarly arranged, with additional headings including 'The Hospitality committee', 'Bar students', 'Decline in students' numbers', 'War conditions', 'The Oxford and Cambridge advisers'. Each report with a one- or two-page financial statement of expenditure. Scarce. JISC LHD (COPAC) reveals patchy coverage in libraries. The London School of Economics has a run from 1922/3 to 1939/40 but nothing earlier; Liverpool, Birmingham, the British Library have one year's report each, while East Anglia has two.