Do you know the one thing that’s common between freedom fighters Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Baba Saheb Ambedkar (also the man who wrote our constitution), industrialist Jamshedji Tata, legendary singer Kishori Amonkar and famous actors Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt? They all share the same alma mater. That’s right, and it’s Elphinstone College.
All of these and many more have been students of Elphinstone College in front of you. Built during the early 19th Century as a tribute to Mountstuart Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay, the college was established in 1835 and became a part of Bombay University in 1860. Illustrious Indians, including the Jehangirs of the Readymoney family, have funded the college.
The Elphinstone College building is classified as a Grade 1 heritage building. It is designed in the Gothic style, which was in vogue in the early 19th Century. Today, it continues to offer degrees in Science, Arts and Commerce, although it has lost its shine as an educational institute.