Friday, 28 June 2019

Hislop College, Nagpur, a heritage institution (1883) - first in the Vidarba region started by a Scottish missionary

Hislop College , Nagpur.

Hislop College, Nagpur.
A young Scottish missionary called Stephan Hislop chose India as his destination to carry on his humanitarian activities in tune with Cristian spirits for he knew that '' service to people is service to God'. Stephen Hislop (1817–1863),  was not only a noted evangelist and educationist but also a geologist. He carried on his missionary and educational work for 18 long years in the Vidarbha Region (region around Nagpur)  along with one Robert Hunter, editor of the Encyclopedic Dictionary. His unabiding enthusiasm , coupled with motivation led him to start a Boy's school in 1846 in Sukrawara area, old  Nagpur (now in Maharastra), then part of Central provinces  and later Hislop College in 1883. This college that had begun functioning in the Mahal area (now called civil lines) in the early period of the Raj, has become one of the finest institutions in central India with 5000 plus students. It is co-educational, catering to the needs of women as well to prepare them for tomorrow's challenges. It was the first educational institution in the Vidarba area in those days. The college was affiliated to the University of Calcutta until 1904, and later to Allahabad University. In 1923 it was one of six colleges affiliated to the University of Nagpur.
Hislop College, Nagpur.
Under the management of the Church of North India Synod, the college that is on a plot of 8 acres of land is being run by Hislop Educational Society. With Grade A accreditation by the NAAC, in 2009, the college celebrated its 125th anniversary. Yet another credit is the college got a special Heritage Status Grant from the UGC (University Grants Commission) as it is one of the pioneering institutions in this part of Maharastra.  the college offers Arts science and Commerce courses- both under and post-graduate degree courses. Recognised by the Rastrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur university, the college has good facilities and faculty members to guide doctoral candidates in many fields.  Another plus point is the college is running coaching classes to help the students prepare for central govt. sponsored competitive exams that need good preparation and knowledge. 
Hislop Inst. for Social action and research (HISAR) is a unique outreach program to help the underprivileged people in the society. Besides, the college adopted an  impoverished area in Bhandewadi 
and  and ran learning centers, offering  free courses in tailoring, etc to women. They also teach the poor children in that area so that they can stand up on their own when they grow up.

Keeping in mind the vision of the founder Missionary Stephen Hislop, the college does not compromise on quality of education  and gives necessary training to the students so that when they leave the portals of of this age-old institution, with the knowledge, skills and training  gained here, they can serve the society and the country well.