Established in 1857, Mumbai University completes 161 years

The University is a resort to more than 700 colleges and offers various degree courses that attract millions of students from India as well as other countries.

Established in 1857, Mumbai University completes 161 years

One of India’s oldest educational institutions, Mumbai University completed 161 years on Wednesday. The university is one of Mumbai’s prominent historical monuments and has currently 711 affiliated colleges. The premier university was founded on July 18, 1857, by British Officer Dr. John Wilson. Almost all colleges in Mumbai city, Mumbai suburbs, Thane, Raigad, Konkan and Sindhudurg are affiliated with Mumbai University.


The foundation stone of the Bombay University (now known as Mumbai University) was laid by Dr. John Wilson on July 18, 1857. Madras University and Calcutta University were also established on the same day. Dr. Wilson's wife, Margaret Wilson established 15 schools and Wilson College in Mumbai. To maintain the smoothness of working and authority of the University, the ‘Bombay University Act’ came into force in 1953.

On September 4, 1996, the Bombay University was renamed to ‘Mumbai University’.

The university has campuses at Santacruz and Fort, out of which the Santacruz campus is spread across 230 acres and offers educational courses whereas the administrative work of the university is conducted from the Fort campus. The Rajabai Clock Tower which was constructed in 1870 stands tall on the lawns of the Fort campus.

Current situation

While the educational institute has completed 161 years, there are still some problems that continue to persist. For the last few years, the examinations have not been conducted in time which has also caused delay in results. For more than eight months, the Vice-Chancellor’s position was void until Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao appointed Dr. Suhas Pednekar as the Vice-Chancellor.

With the appointment of Dr. Pednekar, the confusion and the irregularity has reduced in the university. However, the need of the hour is to find a permanent solution to establish the much-needed order and regularity in the University’s working.

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