Nagpur has a lot of colleges, which are decades old, but Hislop College, at Civil lines, has a unique distinction of being more than 130 years old! Yes, you read it right! In fact, Hislop College was the first college to be established in Nagpur.
It may surprise many but Hislop College is older than even Nagpur University. Started in 1883 at Mahal, Nagpur, Hislop College was initially affiliated to Calcutta University until 1904, then it got affiliated to Allahabad University. When Nagpur University was formed in 1923, Hislop college finally got affiliated to Nagpur University. Interestingly, Hislop was first started as a school by the Scottish missionary and educationist Stephen Hislop and later it was converted into a college. The old building in Mahal got demolished, and the new building of the college was built in early 1960s in Civil Lines.
In 2015, Hislop College was attributed a heritage status by the University Grants Commission (UGC), making it one among the only three colleges in Maharashtra to be granted the heritage status. The other two colleges are St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and Fergusson College in Pune.
Supantha Bhattacharyya, the Literature and Drama professor at Hislop College, speaking about the college, says, “I have been teaching at Hislop since 1993. It’s a wonderful feeling to be associated with Hislop. This college motivates the students to grow not only in academics but also in other areas like performing arts.”
Some of the famous and successful alumni of Hislop College are: maverick filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, former prime minister of India PV Narsimha Rao, social activist late Baba Amte, second RSS Sarsanghchalak MS Golwalkar, Founder Vice-Chancellor of University Of Delhi Hari Singh Gour, former union cabinet minister Mukul Wasnik, former MP from Nagpur Vilas Muttemwar, former cabinet minister Nitin Raut, television actress Pooja Banerjee among many others.