18 July 2015

Fergusson College, Pune 2.1.1985

The stamp shows the main building of the Fergusson College with landscape and is based on a painting. The First Day Cover features portraits of Lokmanya Tilak, Agarkar, Chiplunkar and Madhavrao Namjoshi founders of the College.

Fergusson College is a degree college in western India, situated in the city of Pune. It was founded in 1885 by the Deccan Education Society and was the first privately governed college in India. Professor Vaman Shivram Apte was the first principal of the college. Social reformer, journalist, thinker and educationist Gopal Ganesh Agarkar served as the second principal of the college from August 1892 till his death in June 1895.

The college is named after Scottish born Sir James Fergusson, the Governor of Bombay, who donated a then princely sum of Rs 1,200. Since 1948, the college has been under the jurisdiction of the University of Pune.

Fergusson College is known for its close association with Indian politics. Its founders were amongst the pioneers of the Indian National Congress, as well as Hindu Nationalism, and the Indian Socialist Movement. The college has produced, several well known personalities.

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