This is a grand structure built on the Sardar Patel Hostel grounds (sports ground) at one end of Shahmina Road. It is built with MPs’ funds. The center was a project of Ex Prime Minister and Member of Parliament from Lucknow, Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee. Construction was started in 2001. The 1st phase is now complete and was inaugurated at a glittering ceremony on the 19th December 2004 by Shri Vajpayee in the presence of Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice President of India. The center, once complete will be taken over by the university and will be used for national and international level scientific and cultural functions of the university and other bodies as well. Construction is being done by UP Jal Nigam.
The Convention Centre has a floor area of 200,000 sq feet. The dome measures 52.5 metres. It has 3 halls of 200, 400 and 1400 seating capacity, 2 banquet halls, 2 exhibition galleries, an open air theatre, a general library, an audiovisual library, rehearsal rooms, a foyer area below the dome and connecting corridors. All are fully air conditioned. There are 8 lifts, including a capsule lift from which historical buildings of Lucknow can be seen.