Mountstuart Elphinstone

Mountstuart Elphinstone was Govenor of Bombay for nine years form the year 1819 to 1827. He was the person who was concern about people’s sentiment where he knew that people were tired of oppression and misgovernance. So he was determined to give people a fair governance and yet didn’t want to feel that a foreign government is ruling them.

He adopted two policies for which he became popular and showed his zest for development of the society. He streamlined educational system such that the ancient learning of India and western education were accomodated together.

To increase the trust of people in judicial system, he introduced policies through which educated Indians involved in civil administration.

On August 21, 1822 Elphinstone established the Native School Book and School Society with the help of some eminent Indians such as Framji Cowasji, Jagannath Shankarseth, Jamshetji Jejeebhoy and others.

In recognition of his valuable services to people of Bombay, the Elphinstone College was opened in 1860 which is the oldest institution in Mumbai.

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