is a junior and degree college affiliated to the University of Mumbai
. The college, established in 1832 and built in 1840 overlooks the Arabian Sea
, at Girgaum Chowpatti Beach in South Mumbai
. It is named after its founder John Wilson
, (1804–1875). The college has played an important role in the foundation of the Mumbai University and the Asiatic Society
. The role played by it in the freedom movement of India was major.
It was inaugurated as the General Assembly's Institution. It was later renamed as Wilson College.
Being the oldest college in Mumbai (Bombay), it precedes the University of Bombay
. It became affiliated to the University of Bombay in 1861. It was built simultaneously with Bombay Scottish School
Along with Scottish Church College, Calcutta
, and Madras Christian College
, Wilson College was one of the few institutions for higher education in early 19th century colonial India that was started by and initially affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of Scotland
The alumni of Wilson College includes former Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai
, B.G. Kher
, the poet Nissim Ezekiel
, cricketer Dilip Sardesai
, VKRV Rao (founder-director of Delhi School of Economics) and former Police Commissioner Julius Rubeiro. The popular Mumbai Radio Jockey Fali R. Singara is also a noted alumni; while studying at Wilson, he was the Editor of the College magazine.
On June 30, 2006, some NSUI
activists (the student wing of......