Friday, 4 May 2018

Wilson College, Mumbai , one of the earliest institutions in India

Wilson College, Mumbai. Hindustan Times
Wilson College, Mumbai. dnaindia.com
The Wilson College, founded in 1832 in Mumbai, is one of India’s oldest college in the early Colonial period under the EIC. Started  by the British Missionary Rev. John Wilson John Wilson, D.D., F.R.S  it began as Ambroli English School in Girgaum, The college had a  chequered history and finally came to be called Wilson College. A surprising fact is its foundation precedes that of the University of Mumbai, to which it is affiliated for 25 years. 
It is across  Girgaum Chowpatty and the college building was built in 1889. Its architect was one  John Adams  who preferred  Victorian Gothic style. In 2011, the college building was a Grade III Heritage structure. It is a well -known college in Mumbai and the  motto of the college is "Fides, Spes, Caritas" (Vishwas, Asha, Prem) — Faith (in God), Hope.

Missionary Wilson and his wife Margaret Wilson landed in India to get involved in evangelical work. They started a  school for girls in 1829 at  Ambroli House in Girgaum at Mumbai with the local language Marathi being the medium of instruction.  To give the students  better education, the couple also picked up a fair knowledge of Marathi.  In 1832 an English boarding school was opened  which later came to be called  St. Columba School. The Ambroli English School is the precursor to the present college. In 1852, the management of the college came under an autonomous Board of Governors in India. In December 1861, the  collegiate section of Wilson's institution became the first privately owned, non-government institution to be affiliated to the university.  Wilson College is a Christian minority institution and since 1963, it has been under the management of John Wilson Education Society. The students from various religious and ethnic communities benefited from this institution.

Wilson College, Mumbai.Pinterest
Upon the death of Dr. Wilson in 1875, Rev Dr Dugald Mackichan took over the control of the college. He was a distinguished Physicist and taught this subject at this college for a long time. He became the principal and continued in this position till 1920. 
In 2004, the Indian  Postal Department, Government of India honored its founder and the institution by issuing a Special Day Postal Cover in 2004 and in 2007  as part of  commemoration celebrations -  completion of its 175 years, a stamp and first day cover of Wilson College was issued.
Wilson Gymkhana: Mumbai  BookMyShow
Wilson College has its own Gymkhana, with a wide range of facilities for indoor and outdoor sports. It was founded by former Principal, Dr. Dugald Mackichan on 17 March 1910 and is on Marine Drive alongside popular Gymkhanas like the Hindu Gymkhana and Islam Gymkhana.
With an A rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2005, the college offers countless courses to suite the students needs and interest backed by good faculty and and a fine library.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_College,_Mumbai