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Soon after the end of the worst rebellion (Sepoy Mutiny ) of 1857, Indian elite wanted to give much emphasis on modern education, without compromising on the traditional one being followed. Better education would help them fight democratically against British hegemony. Great nationalists like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Vishnushastri Chiplunkar, and social reformer Gopal Ganesh Agarkar and Mahadev Namjoshi came together and decided to start an institution for the Indians. Much leverage was given to English education and keeping it in mind the Deccan Education Society was formed in 1884 and a year later the Fergusson College was founded on a huge donated plot on the West bank of the Mutha river (Shivaji Nagar). William Wordsworth, the grandson of the famous poet and principal of Elphinstone College in Bombay
inaugurated the college. Credit goes to other active leaders like R G Bhandarkar and M G Ranade who took care of the construction of the college. The British colonial Government in Bombay was quite helpful in this regard. After independence, this college has produced countless eminent leaders like Kripalani, Narashimha Rao, S. M. Joshi, Babubai Patel, et al. The Bai Jerbai Wadia Library, built in 1929 by industrialists Sir Cusrow Wadia and Sir Ness Wadia in memory of their mother, has on the ground floor more than 3,00,000 books, besides periodicals, research journals, etc.