Commission and Departments Education and University of Bombay

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University of Bombay

  • The University of Bombay was established as the Public University on 18 July, 1857.

  • In 1996 the name of the university was changed from University of Bombay to University of Mumbai.

  • The University came into being after the Court of Directors of the East India Company sent a dispatch in July, 1854 to the Governor-General of India in Council.

  • The University of Mumbai has several hundred affiliated colleges offering undergraduate and post-graduate education, and conducting research in areas of Science, Commerce, Arts, Engineering, Management, Law etc.

  • The University is now known as The University of Mumbai given a five star ranking by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council).

Traditional Aspects

  • The University of Mumbai was established on similar universities in the United Kingdom, specifically the University of London.

  • The first departments established were the Faculty of Arts at Elphinstone College in 1835 and the Faculty of Medicine at Grant Medical College in 1845.

  • Some of the Alumni are:

B. R. Ambedkar

  • Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar or Babasaheb Ambedkar was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer born on 14 April 1891 at Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh and died on 6 December 1956 in Delhi.

  • He was one of the greatest social reformers, politicians, economists, professors & lawyers.

  • He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1990.

  • He was the first Law Minister of India and was also the first Indian to pursue a doctorate in Economics abroad.

  • He reduced the Factory working hours from 14 hours to 8 hours.

  • He framed laws for Woman Labors of India which includes Mines Maternity Benefit, Woman Labor welfare fund, Woman & Child, Labor Protection Act.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

  • Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was an Indian independence activist, politician, lawyer, writer, and the formulator of the Hindutva philosophy born on 28 May 1883 at the Bhagur city in Maharashtra and died on 26 February 1966, Mumbai.

  • He organised a youth organisation called Mitra Mela (Band of Friends) to support revolutionary and nationalist ideas.

  • In 1905 to boycott foreign goods he set up a bonfire by burning foreign goods and clothes

  • He was arrested on charges of plotting an armed revolt against the Morley-Minto Reform of the British Empire in 1909.

  • He mobilized the Hindu Mahasabha against Gandhi’s Quit India movement.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah

  • Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a lawyer, politician and the founder of Pakistan or Dominion of Pakistan born on 25 December 1876, Wazir Mansion, Karachi, Pakistan and died on 11 September 1948, Karachi, Pakistan.

  • He was the youngest Indian to pass the law examination.

  • Ankara (Capital of Ankara) has a street name after him ‘Cinnah Caddes’ (Jinnah” is spelled “Cinnah” in the Turkish language) which is also one of the longest streets of Ankara.

  • He fixed his salary at Rs.1 per month as the Governor General of Pakistan as he didn’t want to indebt the nascent state with financial burden.

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