The Old Secretariat building was designed by E. Montague Thomas. The capital of the British Empire was shifted from Kolkata to Delhi by the Britishers. It then became important for them to construct a building where they could house the secretariat. So in the year 1912 this building was constructed.
The Old Secretariat building started functioning in the year 1913. On 27th January, the legislative Council of the Central Government met here for the first time. For the next 14 years the Council continued to meet here until they were shifted to the North and South Blocks in the Raisina Hills. It was in this building that important discussions, meetings and debates were held on constitutional matters before being finally adopted. All this contributed to forming the base of the Indian Parliamentary system.
This building also boasts of hosting the first Convocation ceremony of the Delhi University on 26th March 1923. The University rented this building for a period of time.
After India achieved independence in the year 1947, the Old Secretariat building held several other academic and cultural events.
In the year 1952, the building held sessions of the Delhi Assembly.
However the Delhi Assembly was dissolved after a point of time and the building then served other purposes. The Metropolitan Council started holding its meetings and discussions here.
Finally in the year 1993, after the formation of the Delhi Government, the Old Secretariat Building became the seat of the Delhi State Assembly. The sessions of the Vidhan Sabha are held here.
The Architecture of the Old Secretariat is also quite impressive.
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