Education Universities

5 Historical Facts About Mumbai Universities

Published at 03/06/2012 21:01:07


Mumbai is home to some of the most renowned universities in India and the world. Mumbai universities offer vocational courses and degrees in almost every subject under the Sun. Every year, thousands of students from all over the country flock in large numbers to take admission in Mumbai universities. Let us take a glance at the history of these universities:

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1] University of Mumbai: Formerly known as the University of Bombay, this university is the most well known of all Mumbai universities. It was founded in 1857 by Dr. J Wilson. It is one of the first universities founded in India along with the University of Chennai and the University of Kolkata. Hundreds of colleges and institutes are affiliated to the University of Mumbai. The National Assessment and Accreditation council has given it a rating of 5 stars. This means that the University of Mumbai competes with some of the best universities in the world.

Historical fact: The Rajabai tower is located in the territory of the University of Mumbai. Established in the 1870s, it is one of the most well known places of Mumbai. Premchand Raichand was a businessman who funded part of the construction of the 30 feet tall tower. The tower is named in commemoration of his mother, Rajabai.

2] Indian Institute of technology: This is arguably the most prestigious of all Mumbai universities. It has produced some of India’s best professionals in the field of Science and technology. Every student in India dreams to be a part of this organisation. The Institute is located in Powai.

Historical fact: The Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, was established in 1958. UNESCO and the Soviet Union made significant contributions to the establishment and development of the IIT Mumbai. It is one of the few universities in India that offer a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

3] The Tata Institute of fundamental research: This is a deemed university and is one of the most famous of all the Mumbai Universities. It was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru himself on 15 Jan, 1962 (Nehru was the prime minister of India at that time). The institute was granted the status of ‘deemed university’ only in 2002, forty years after the year of its establishment.

Historical fact: Homi Bhabha was the first director of the TIFR. It was his idea to start a scientific institute that led to the establishment of TIFR. JRD Tata sponsored the entire project. The institute began its classes in Bangalore and moved to Colaba, Mumbai in the following year.

4] Indian Institute of Chemical technology: This is also one of the most well known of all the Mumbai Universities. The world famous Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani graduated from this university.

Historical fact: The IICT was earlier a part of the University of Mumbai. It became an autonomous deemed university in 2008.

5] SNDT Women’s University: Few Mumbai Universities enjoy as much respect and prestige as this university. IT was founded in 1896 when attitudes towards education of women were extremely conservative and antagonising.

Historical fact: SNDT stands for Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey. Nathibai was the mother of Sir Vithaldas Thackersay who made a significant financial contribution towards the establishment of this university.


Mumbai Universities have maintained one of the finest standards of education in the nation and pass outs from Mumbai universities are welcome everywhere.