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Soon after 1857, the British Government in India directly under the Crown began giving serious attention to higher education to educate the Indians on western system so that they could be used for the government jobs at less salary than their British counter parts. This meant considerable savings for the government, besides they could run the administration effectively. Thus came up universities at Madras, Bombay, Calcutta and other places across India afte 1850s. Unfortunately NE India, bordering with Burmah (Maynmar), was not having any educational facilities and it remained a neglected region. Toward the end of 19th century it dawned on one British administrator to focus on this neglected region and he used all the resources at his disposal and founded an educational institution here which was to later become one of the important centers of learning in the entire Northeast.
Thus Cotton College came into being in 1901 in Guwahati. The man who was behind this institution was none other than Sir Henry John Stedman Cotton, Assam province Chief Commissioner whose sweat and toil never went unnoticed. On November 3, 1899 in Guwahati, he made the announcement to establish a college in Assam, the records state. on May 27, 1901, Sir Cotton said that it was affiliated to Calcutta university. Prof. Fredrick William Sudmersen became the first principal of the college. Well, it is to be noted, that numerous graduates from this college were benefited from the course that got them the opportunity to work in the British administration. In was in 1948, Cotton College became part of the newly formed Guwahati University.
Covering an area of 33.474 acres in the prime area of the city of Guwahati, Cotton College is about 25 kilometres away from the Gopi Nath Bordoloi International Airport, Borjhar and is about 1 kilometer away from the Assam State Transport Corporation Office and Guwahati Railway station.
A pioneering institution, when it was started in 1901, it had 5 professors and 39 students but today there are 244 teachers and 5000 students on its rolls. Rated as an A-grade College by the NAAC. Cotton College, Guwahati has 21 undergraduate and 20 postgraduate departments in science, humanities and social science faculties. This educational institution with British legacy is catering to the educational needs of the NE region of India.