Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics

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Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics
Motto Labor Omnia Vincit (Latin)
Samudyogo hi vishvajita (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Work conquers all
Diligent Efforts Conquer the World
Type Government
Established 1913
Principal Dr. M.B. Bhide
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Affiliation University of Mumbai
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education

Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics is the oldest college of commerce in Asia. Located in Mumbai and affiliated to the University of Mumbai, the college offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in commerce and management. It was awarded a re-accreditation 'A' grade and 3.42 GPA in the first cycle assessment conducted by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.


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,[1] 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."


Courses offered[edit]

Government aided courses
  • Higher Secondary Certificate - Commerce
  • Bachelor of Commerce (since 1913)
  • Master of Commerce (since 1925)
Self financed courses
  • Bachelor of Management Studies
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Insurance) (since 2003)
  • NSE Certified Market Professional Course
  • Vocational Course in Foreign Trade

Notable alumni[edit]

Sydenham's list of illustrious alumni include:

Film, theatre and television
Politics and government

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