Lucknow is the capital city of state of Uttar Pradesh. It is on the verge of a major metropolitan city of India and has always been known for its multi-culture and flourished as a cultural and artistic hub of North India.
Lucknow is still retaining the architecture of yores of British Empire. It was once the administrative and cultural hub of “Nawabs of Avadh (Oudh)”. Lucknow is popularly known as The City of Nawabs. It is also known as the Golden City of the East, Shiraz-i-Hind and The Constantinople of India. City is characterized by courtly manners, beautiful gardens, poetry, music, and fine cuisine patronized by the Nawabs of city.
The ‘tehzib’ or mannerism is still prominent and a theme of great appreciation. This is a city that still speaks the language of “aap-janab” and the dictum of “pehle aap” is a part of everyday life for a true Lakhnawi. ‘Aadab’ the Lucknowi salutation has its own sophistication and style. Dress forms though have changed noticeably in the span of a century, yet the beauty and charisma of Chikan – the intricate and delicate hand embroidery, still rules the wardrobe.
Besides its charming architecture, the city is famous for its delicious “Awadhi cuisine”, kebabs and much more. Be it the architectural wonders or the cultural charm, everything is well conserved here to make Lucknow “The city of many splendors”.
Lucknow is also known for its musically soothing evenings, Shaam-E-Awadh. The panorama along the banks of the river Gomti is truly magnificent.
Extending along the banks of the Gomti River, the modern Lucknow city is a brilliant blend of the medieval and the modern, with new ultra-Tech malls and super markets which are popping up all over the city. The upcoming METRO Railway Services is a hallmark of cultural extravaganza.
Lucknow was ranked 6th in a list of ten fastest job creating cities in India as per a study conducted by Assocham Placement Pattern study. The economy of Lucknow city was earlier based on the tertiary sector with about majority of the workforce being employed as government servants. Large-scale industrial establishments are low compared to other north Indian states like New Delhi. Currently the economy is growing with the contributions from more professionals in the fields of IT, Manufacturing and Processing and Medical/Bio-Technology. Business-promoting institutions viz. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and EDII have a remarkable presence in city.
Lucknow also is blooming into an upcoming IT hub of North India with various software and IT companies residing in many parts of the city including Gomti Nagar. Tata Consultancy Services has been one of the major companies with its campus, which also is the second largest establishment in Uttar Pradesh, in Software/IT park in Lucknow. Also there are many local but noticeable Open Source technology companies like Medma Infomatix. Apart from it, it also boasts some important National and State level headquarters of Sony, Reliance Retail etc. The Govt. has also planned to set up an IT city on a sprawling 100 acre lands in the Chak Ganjaria farms on the Sultanpur Road. The government has already provided SEZ status to the project and the project is expected to give rise to thousands of job opportunities for the state.
Lucknow has a great potential in handicraft sector and it accounts for 60% of the total exports from the state. The major export items from are marble products, textiles, handicrafts, art pieces, gems and jewellery, textiles, electronics, software, computer, hardware and software, apparel, brass work, silk, leather and leather goods, glass items, art metal, chemicals. The city has promoted public‐private partnerships in big way in sectors such as power, roads, expressways, and education.
Lucknow is one of the leading cities in India in terms of number of institutions including 7 universities, 1 technical university and a large number of polytechnics, engineering institutes and industrial training institutes. There are various other research organisations like, Central Drug Research Institute, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow is home to IIM Lucknow, a well known management institute, and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, one of India’s National Law Schools.