Well known as the seat of Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh has been exporting locks since 1890. Aligarh is only 140 km from the capital New Delhi. The city is the administrative headquarters of Aligarh District. This city was known as Kol before the 18th century. The word “Kol” also represents the entire district or region. In ancient days, the word KOL referred to a tribe/ caste. It is also famous for the place of battle of Ally Ghur which took place in between the British and the French.
Aligarh today is a educational centre and is surrounded by many colleges and universities and one of the best renowned among them is “Aligarh Muslim University” (AMU). This university was founded in 1875 by Sir Syed Khan as “Muhammadan Anglo- Oriental College” but later it turned to Aligarh Muslim University in 1920.
Aligarh is among the metropolitan cities in India which is famous worldwide. Aligarh city is popular due to its diversified industrial development projects in areas such as: Brass, bronze, iron and aluminium. Presently, the city is home to thousands of manufacturers, exporters and suppliers. It is also popular for its sugar factory and is famous for its Gajaks, sohn-papdi and biscuits.