Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics
|Motto||Labor Omnia Vincit
Samudyogo hi vishvajita
Motto in English
|Work conquers all
Diligent Efforts Conquer the World
|Principal||Dr. Annasaheb Khemnar|
|Location||Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Sydenham College or Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics is the first college of commerce in Asia.
It is an institute in Mumbai (previously Bombay), affiliated to the University of Mumbai, and offering undergraduate degrees in commerce and undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in management. The college's motto is "Labor Omnia Vincit" ("Work conquers all") and in Sanskrit, "samudyogo hi vishvajita" (Diligent Efforts Conquer the World). The college is operated by the government of Maharashtra.
Sydenham College, "the first college of commerce in Asia," was established in October 1913. It was named after the then-governor of Bombay, Lord Sydenham of Combe, who was instrumental in making the undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Commerce possible in Mumbai. This makes Sydenham College the oldest degree-awarding institution in commerce. K.S. Aiyar acted as first honorary principal of the college. It was only in 1941, twenty-eight years after the establishment of Sydenham College, that any other institute started offering courses in the subject.
On the college's seventy-fifth anniversary in 1988, the Indian Post Office issued a commemorative stamp. In 1990, TIME rated Sydenham College as the "Best Commerce College this side of the Suez."
- 1955 onward: Since 1955, Sydenham College has been on "B Road" at Churchgate, very near the terminus of the Western Railway section of the Mumbai suburban railway. It is close to the Marine Drive sea front on the Arabian Sea.
- 1922–1955: The college was on the premises of the present-day Sir J. J. School of Architecture in Fort, opposite the Victoria Terminus railway station. It was then known as the Indo-British Institute.
- 1914–1922: The college moved to the Whiteway Laidlaw Building on Hornby Road, near the present-day Handloom House in Fort.
- 1913: The college was run from the Elphinstone College premises in Fort.
- Bachelor of Commerce (since 1913)
- Master of Commerce (since 1925)
- Masters in Management Studies and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (since 1983; under "Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education" SIMSREE)
- Bachelor of Management Studies
- Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Insurance) (since 2003)
There are a number of alumni from Sydenham who hold senior positions in corporations large and small. There are also celebrities who have graduated from Sydenham.
- Deepak Parekh, chairman HDFC
- Uday S Kotak, chairman Kotak Mahindra
- Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, trader and investor, Rare Enterprises
- Girish Paranjpe, joint CEO Wipro Technologies
- Sanjiv Mehta, owner, East India Company London
- Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati, eminent economist and professor of economics at Columbia University
- Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of Aditya Vikram Birla Group of companies
- Ronnie Screwvala, chairman, UTV
- Pramit Jhaveri, CEO, Citi India
- Vinod Khanna, Indian film actor
- Juhi Chawla, Indian film actress and Femina Miss India Universe 1984
- Lymaraina D'Souza, Indian model and Femina Miss India Universe 1998
- Rahul Bose, an Indian actor
- Neha R. Krishna, poet, author
- Fazila Allana, notable TV producer, founder and MD of Sol
- Hrithik Roshan, Indian film actor
- Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Indian pop-singer and actress
- Gita Johar, Meyer Feldberg Professor of Marketing, Columbia University
- Gayatri Joshi, Indian actress known for her role in Hindi film Swades
- Sanjay Gupta, film director
- Nimisha Shah
- Atul Agnihotri, director and actor in Hindi films
- Shiamak Davar, dancer and singer
- Aditya Chopra, film director and producer
- Sameera Reddy, Indian film actress
- Sheetal Mallar, Indian supermodel
- Shamita Shetty, Indian film actress
- Omar Abdullah, politician
- Milind Deora, politician
- Dinesh D'Souza (1961–), United States writer
- Emraan Hashmi, Indian actor
- Indu Shahani, principal of HR College and present sheriff of Mumbai
- Meera Sanyal, politician, formerly country head of ABN AMRO and RBS
- Vijay Merchant, cricketer
- Praful Patel, notable politician
- Zeenat Aman, Indian film actress
- Swapnil Joshi, TV actor-comedian
- Nimesh Kampani, chairman, JM Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.
- Sanaya Irani, television actress
- Karanvir Bohra, television actor
- Mufaddal Saifuddin
- Niranjan Hiranandani , entrepreneur, cofounder, managing director - Hirandani group
- Krish Iyer president and CEO Walmart India
- Ashwin Choksi entrepreneur, promoter and non executive vice chairman of Asian Paints
- Yogesh Mahansaria founder and CEO multinational Alliance Tire Group