Mr. Wilfred Sewen Blunt, educationist from Great Britain originally proposed a university in the erstwhile Nizam’s dominion, which took a sudden turn in 1916 where the then Home Secretary Akbar Hydari Ali (later Right Honourable), made a forceful petition to the HEH Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Khan to set up a university and based on his plea a firman (Government Order or Royal Charter) was issued on 26 April, 1917 for the establishment of Osmania University by His Excellency Mir Osman Ali Khan.