Holkar Science College

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Holkar Science College
होलकर विज्ञान महाविद्यालय
Government Model Autonomous Holkar Science College seal
Motto Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Lead me from Darkness to Light
Established 1891; 124 years ago (1891)
Type Autonomous
Academic staff
110 full-time, 347 visiting
Students 3976
Location Indore,  India
Campus Urban, 36 acres (15 ha)
Nickname Holkar College
Affiliations UGC
Website collegeholkar.org
An Autonomous Institute and Centre of Excellence

Holkar Science College is a prominent educational institute in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Officially known as Government Model Autonomous Holkar Science College and popularly referred to with a short name, Holkar College was established on 10 June 1891 by His Highness Maharajadhiraja Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Sir Shivaji Rao Holkar Bahadur XII, the erstwhile ruler of Indore belonging to the Holkar dynasty of the Marathas.

The birthplace of many scholars and learned men, Holkar Science College, Indore was established with the intention of creating a strong educational base for the central provinces. In the year 1885, the Government Holkar Science College, Indore was awarded the title of a Model College by the sate Government of Madhya Pradesh and in the year 1988 the college earned the status of an autonomous college. Ever since then the HSC stands among the oldest and most respected colleges in the state.[1]

Holkar Science College in 1964



The origins of the constituent elements of Holkar Science College can be traced back as far as the 19th century. The idea of setting up a college in Indore was originally introduced in 1887 by Maharajadhiraj Shivaji Rao Holkar XII, when he visited England for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. On 10 June 1891 the college was officially inaugurated by Maharaja in the memory of his father Maharaja Sir Tukoji Rao Holkar II to meet the requirement of education in the central provinces. As no building was available, initially the classes were started in Maharaja Shivaji Rao School for some years. A new building was constructed in 1894 between Navlakha and Bhanwar Kua area beautifully situated and full of countless trees. In the beginning subjects taught were English Literature, Sanskrit, Persian, Logic, History, Political Economy, Mathematics and Science. Oxford University graduate and Bar-at-law Mr. E.C. Cholmondeley became the first regular Principal of the College. The college was affiliated to the University of Calcutta till the first decade of 20th century.

20th century[edit]

The golden period for the development of the college was started in 1904, when the affiliation was changed from University of Calcutta to the Allahabad University till 1940. Dr. Prafulla Chandra Bose was the principal. During this period post graduate classes in many subjects were started along with some new subjects at degree level. The college made prestigious records at the national level in sports & cultural activities, besides academic achievements. In 1960s, Arts, Commerce, Science and Law faculties were started in the college. Due to its large number of students, the college was bifurcated in two units in 1961. The old building continued its science faculty with quality teaching and research work, ever since its inception, the college has earned prestige in the fields of education, sports, cultural and social activities and became a source of inspiration. The College was then affiliated to the University of Indore, which was established in 1964 by an act of legislative assembly of newly form Madhya Pradesh state of Independent India. The state government declared it as a Model College in 1985 after which it was given a status of an Autonomous College in 1988 by Indore University with the consent of the state government and University Grants Commission, New Delhi. In 1994-95 it was declared as a Center of excellence by the sate government and with the grant of UGC, employment oriented courses like Seed Technology and Fisheries were started in the same year.


Front Garden, HSC

Holkar College campus is located in the South area of East Indore. It is situated in an area between known as Bhanwar Kua which has a high concentration of cultural and academic institutions, including the Indore University, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, Central Museum, Institute of Management Studies, Cystal IT Park and the Kamla Nehru Zoological Park. The Holkar College HSC has multiple halls throughout the campus along Indore BRTS and various lectures for science students are conducted within these halls, some major buildings are including the Main Building, Red Building, Yeshwant Hall and Chemistry Block Building.

Faculties and Departments[edit]

It has been the birthplace for many scholars and experts who have distinguished themselves in the fields of Computer ScienceMathematics and Science. The College boasts strong Chemistry and Physics departments. The institute receives funds from the state but is autonomous with regards to administration and conduct of examinations. The HSC offers a number of courses in the field of science. HSC’s research and teaching is organised within a network of faculties and academic departments which includes:

Holkar Science College Main Entrance

Admission is restricted to students domicile to Madhya Pradesh. Well known for academic standards, it was recently termed "model" and a "Center for Excellence". The primary emphasis of the college remains undergraduate training till date. The College has a competitive and strictly enforced admission process. As a result, usually students with first class grades get admission in various departments of the college. The college has strong faculty and advanced learning procedures and as a result, the graduates from the college are considered to be specialists in their branch of Science.[2]


  1. ^ "Govt. Holkar Science College". Madhya Pradesh Govt. Poratal. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Govt Holkar Science College". GovtHolkar Science College. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 

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