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On the personal level, Britishers like William Jones, Colebrook, Gov. General Warren Hastings showed keen interest in spreading Oriental education among the natives along with some like-minded Indians. The Christian Missionaries were the first to come forward to spread education in India on the model of western system. The Baptist Missionary William Carey came to India in the year 1793 A.D. He along with his friends established Baptist Mission in Serampore (1800 A.D.). By their keen interest, many primary schools came up in many places. By their sustained efforts Serampore college was established in 1818. Earlier, David Hare, in 1817 established a Hindu College in Calcutta (Kolkata) which later became the famous Presidency College.
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St. John's College of Agra, Uttar Pradesh established in 1850, is now part of the Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University which was earlier known as Agra University. Considered as one among the oldest educational institutions in India established by the Church Missionary Society of England jointly with Agra C.M.S. Association, it was named after John the Apostle, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus.
This historic college had a humble beginning with 297 students, out of which 199 were Hindus, 76 Muslims, and 22 in the early stage - 1869-70. One Rev.Thomas Valpy French (1825-1891), a fellow of University College, Oxford was the first Principal of the college. Initially, it was affiliated to the University of Calcutta from 1862 to 1888 and later to the University of Allahabad till 1927. With the formation of Agra university (now Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University) the college got the affiliation from it. Dr. A.W. Davies became the first Vice-Chancellor of the newly formed University. Since 1893, the college has offered post-graduate courses.
Bharat Ratna Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan former president of India in 1957 laid the foundation stone of the Centenary Wing as part of the centenary celebration on that occasion . iLate Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru on 9 October 1959 inaugurated the centenary wing of the building.
St. John's College is a co-educational institution built on a large campus and is one of the best colleges in Northern India. It offers several under-graduate and post-graduate courses to match student's interest and demand.