With the end of the East India Company's regime in India and the failure of the first
armed uprising in 1857, for India's freedom, a new era dawned in our country. It was clear that
the emancipation of our land and the transformation of the life of our people had to be brought
about by peaceful and constitutional means. Indian renaissance had begun and it heralded the
role which education needed to play to achieve national aspirations. Wood's Education Despatch
(1854), the Education Commission of 1882 and the Hunter Commission (1891), were all
indicative of the concerted efforts, of both the Government and the Indian people, in the
enterprise of education. The Founders of the Fergusson College had first started the New
English School, Pune in 1880 and later established the Deccan Education Society (DES) in
Deccan Education Society, a renowned name in the educational firmament, is standing at a
significant milestone in its cherished history of service to the cause of education. Steeped in the
glorious tradition set by its illustrious founders – Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopal Ganesh
Agarkar, Vishnushastri Chiplunkar, Prin. Vaman Shivram Apte and Mahadeo Ballal Namjoshi –
and assiduously nurtured by succeeding generations of devoted Life Members, the Society is an
ideal blend of the traditional and the modern.
The seed was sown by the four young men in 1880 by starting New English School in Pune,
the name that subsequently set a trend far and wide. The school made rapid progress and within a
short time acquired widespread reputation for its high standards of education. These young men
(‘managers of the school’ as they were termed then) felt the need to take their efforts further to meet
the need for higher education.
It has been named after Sir James Fergusson, then Govemor of Bombay, who took keen interest in the development of the New English School as well as the Fergusson College and was the first patron of the Deccan Education Society. It was inagurated on 2nd January, 1885 by William Wordsworth, the grandson of the great English poet. Hon. Gopal Krishna Gokhale and Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve-Bharat Ratna have taught in this College, while Prof. V. S. Apte, Prof. Agarkar, Wrangler R. P. Paranjpye and Wrangler G. S. Mahajani have been among its distinguished principals. Gandhiji and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru have paid visits to the College and admired its work. Gandhiji paid a handsome tribute to the College at the time of its Golden Jubilee. He wrote in 1935 : “Who can fail to be enthused over the noble record of service rendered by the D. E. Society and the Fergusson College to the cause of education?” Alma Mater to leaders across the entire spectrum of societal positions: Prime-Ministers, Industrialists, Doctors, Engineers, Academicians, Scientists, Litterateurs, Artistes, and Sportspersons. The distinguished alumni of the College indude Veer Savarkar, Acharya Kripalani, Ram Ganesh Gadkari, Shri Kakasaheb Kalelkar, Shri H. V. Pataskar, Shri N. V. Gadgil, Shri B. Ramkrishna Rao, Acharya Atre, Shri P. L. Deshpande Scientist Dr. S. K. Jatkar, P. V. Sukhatme, Vithal Ramji shinde and many others who have been at the helm of affairs in various walks of life.
The Fergusson College has a beautiful scenic campus of 65 acres with numerous imposing buildings of gothic architecture. The composition of the community of students and teachers in Fergusson College reflects its truly national character. It has also attracted scores of students from overseas.
The Fergusson College imparts instruction to nearly 5500 undergraduate and post graduate students in natural sciences, Computer, Electronics, I.T. at graduate & Post graduate level, humanities and social sciences; it has very well-equipped laboratories, a library having a collection of over 3,00,000 books, rare as well as modern.
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