Samaldas Arts College
Former name
Samaldas College
EstablishedJanuary 1885 (1885-01)
Academic affiliation
Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University
Location, ,

21°45′24″N 72°08′32″E / 21.75678°N 72.14214°E / 21.75678; 72.14214
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Samaldas Arts College or Samaldas College is a college in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India. It was founded in 1885 by Takhtsinhji, the Maharaja of Bhavnagar State in memory of his Diwan (minister) Samaldas Paramananddas Mehta. It is one of the oldest colleges in western India. It is affiliated to Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University.


Majiraj Girls High School building from which Samaldas College operated from 1885 to 1893

Samaldas College was established by Takhtsinhji, the Maharaja of Bhavnagar State in memory of his Diwan Samaldas Paramananddas Mehta.[1][2][3] The college was affiliated to University of Bombay and the classes were opened in January 1885[2] in Majiraj Girls High School building.[4]

Shamaldas College building (1893-1932), now Sheth J. P. Ayurveda college

The foundation stone of the building opposite Peel Garden was laid on 25 November 1884 by James Furgusson, Governor of Bombay. The building was opened on 17 December 1886 by Lord Reay, Governor Bombay. The building was occupied in 1893.[2] The building was constructed by R. Proctor Sims, the Public Works Councillor.[1] The building is now used as the Sheth J. P. Ayurveda College.[4]

In 1932, Krishnakumarsinhji, Maharaja of Bhavnagar, built a new building for the college on Vaghawadi Road. The building is used as the P. P. Institute of Science since June 1963.[4]

On 1 November 1955, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, laid the foundation of the present building of the college.[4][5] The college is now affiliated to Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University.[6]


The principal were as follows:[2][5]

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  1. ^ a b Basu, Aparna (2001). G.L. Mehta, a Many Splendoured Man. Concept Publishing Company. pp. 29–30. ISBN 978-81-7022-891-2.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Bombay University calendar. 1928-1929, 1929-1930". Calendar. University of Bombay: 48-51. Retrieved 3 October 2020 – via HathiTrust.
  3. ^ Gujarat State Gazetteers: Bhavnagar. Directorate of Government Print., Stationery and Publications, Gujarat State. 1969. p. 507.
  4. ^ a b c d "Plauque at Samaldas College" (in Gujarati). July 2019.
  5. ^ a b "About College". Samaldas Arts College. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Affiliated Colleges". Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University. Retrieved 3 October 2020.