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Anglo-Oriental school at Aligarh was started in 1875 by….
A)Sir Syed Ahmed khan
B)Sir Mirza Ismail
C)Muhammad Ali Jinnah
D)Ali brothers

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Hint: Anglo-Oriental College was started in 1875 as a school and was subsequently taken to a university level institution commonly known as Mohammedan Anglo Oriental Collegiate School.

Complete answer:
 Mohammedan Anglo Oriental College is considered to be among the very important events in the educational and social history of modern India. Its establishment is taken into account as the first significant response of the Indian Muslims to the challenges of the post 1857 era. It had been a catalyst during a process of social change among Muslims. Now let's see who was the founding father of Anglo oriented school. Now let's see the options:

1.Sir Syed Ahmed Khan- He was an Islamic pragmatist, Islamic reformer, and philosopher of nineteenth century British India. In 1859, Syed established Gulshan School at Moradabad, Victoria School at Ghazipur in 1863, and a scientific society for Muslims in 1864. In 1875 he founded the first Muslim university in Southern Asia the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College. Hence this is the correct option.

2. Sir Mirza Muhammad Ismail- He was an Indian statesman who was the Diwan of the Kingdoms of Mysore, Jaipur and Hyderabad. Hence this is the incorrect option.

3. Muhammad Ali Jinnah - He was a barrister, politician and the founding father of Pakistan who served as the leader of the All-India Muslim League from year 1913 until Pakistan's independence on 14 August 1947, then as Pakistan's first Governor-General until his death. Hence this is the incorrect option.

4. Ali brothers - Shaukat Ali who was politician lived between 1873 to 1938 and Mohammad Ali Jauhar lived between 1878 to 1931. They were the Ali brothers and as they are from different time periods, hence this is incorrect.

Hence, the correct answer is option (A)

Note: The college started as a primary school on Queen Victoria's birthday, 24 May 1875 referred to as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental Collegiate School. The movement of Muslim awakening related to Syed Ahmad Khan and M.A.O. College came to be referred to as Aligarh Movement.