Doctorate Colleges in Mumbai

Wilson College, Mumbai

Chowpatty Seaface, Road, Chowpatty, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007

John Wilson Education Society's Wilson College has a long standing history. Founded by Dr. John Wilson, the founder of Bombay University, in the year 1832. Wilson College has a NAAC "A" Accreditation since 2005. Located opposite Girgaum Chowpatty the college offers courses in Arts, Science and Self Financed Courses while having it's own Junior College.

The Wilson College was founded by the Indian missionary Rev. John Wilson, in 1832. Beginning as Ambroli English School in Girgaum, Mumbai, it later saw several changes of sites and names, eventually being called the Wilson School. The collegiate section, from which Wilson College evolved, came about in 1836. which later became the St. Columba School. The Ambroli English School is the direct forerunner of the present college.

On 14 December 1861, the collegiate section of Wilson's institution under the name of Free General Assembly's Institution, became the first privately owned, non-government institution to be affiliated to the university.

After the death of Dr. Wilson in 1875, Rev. Dr. Dugald Mackichan served as one of the most distinguished principals, till 1920. Mackichan was a well-respected physicist in his own right and had the privilege to work with British scientist Lord Kelvin.

Three of the first four Principals served as Vice Chancellors of the University of Bombay, followed by many distinguished alumni holding the same position. Fostering a tradition of liberalism and freedom, the Scottish Principals inspired many students to be at the center stage of the freedom struggle – Usha Mehta, Acharya Kriplani, S.A. Dange, Aloo Dastoor, B.G. Kher to mention a few.

Wilson College gave India its only Prime Minister from Bombay- Shri. Morarjee Desai. The Bharat Ratna recipients P.V. Kane and D. K. Karve were also alumni of the College. In 1952, the management of the college came under an autonomous Board of Governors in India. Since 1963, the college functions under the management of John Wilson Education Society. Wilson College is a Christian minority institution and is closely related to the Church of North India.

The students of Wilson College are from nearly every ethnic, a religious and social group, both of India and other countries. The motto of the college is "Fides, Spes, Caritas" (Vishwas, Asha, Prem) — Faith (in God), Hope (that it’s students can achieve the highest level of moral, spiritual and intellectual excellence), and Love (that steers one through life). In 2004, The Postal Department, Government of India, honored Dr. John Wilson and the College by issuing a Special Day Postal Cover. To commemorate the completion 175 years, a stamp and first day cover of Wilson College was issued.

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  • Chowpatty Seaface, Road, Chowpatty, Mumbai,
    Maharashtra 400007
  • Phone : 022-23637663/ 022-42134343
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