Rev.Stephen Hislop (8th Sept. 1817 to 4th Sept 1863.), after whom the college is named, was an Evangelist, Educationist and Geologist. He worked for 18 years in the Vidarbha Region, and learnt Marathi Language in 15 Months. Death took him on 4th September,1863 in BORI RIVER where he was drowned in the vicinity of TAKALGHAT.
The oldest and most Venerable Institution of the region. Hislop College was founded in 1883 at the Mahal area, Nagpur. It had a staff of One Principal, Rev. J.G. Cooper and six professors.
In the entire history of Nagpur University, Hislop College stands as the Oldest Institution in Vidarbha, and has to a large extent contributed in shaping the academic form of the region in more ways than one. It was first affiliated to Calcutta (Kolkata) University, then Allahabad University and finally to Nagpur University after it was established in the year 1924. In 1954, Hislop College started Journalism Department headed by Prof. Eapan which was the first of its kind in this region.
The History of Hislop College may be divided in three periods. The first period begins with the arrival of Rev.Stephen Hislop in Nagpur in 1845 and the establishment of Anglo vernacular schools. The second period begins with the emergence of a college in 1883, named after Stephen Hislop. The Third period begins when the Foreign Mission Church of Scotland transferred the entire control and management of the college in to Indian Hands in 1941.
Hislop College has been keeping to its own traditions and reputations in the field of Education in Vidarbha in India & Abroad. The Present Principal, Dr.(Ms.) D.R. Christian, a dynamic personality, is leading this great Institution in the present scenario with great enthusiasm and hard work.
This esteemed Institution has produced Judges, Advocates, Ministers, Vice Chancellors, Doctors, Engineers, Bishops, Moderators, Govt. Education officers, police officers, Registrars, Bank personnels, National players, OBE's, Collectors, Readers Eminent professors, Scientists, Military officers (Central & State) Film Stars, Playback singers, Artists, Geologists. Some of the great personalities produced by Hislop College are -
Justice M. B. Niyogi, Justice M. N. Chandurkar, Justice Puranik, Cheif Minister Late Pt. Ravishankar Shukla, Founding Vice-Chancellor of the Delhi University, Sir Hari Singh Gour who also became the founder of Sagar University and was also a member of the constituent assembly which framed the constitution, several vice chancellors of the Nagpur University - Dr. G. B. Kadam, Harisingh Gour, Dr. P. L.Bhandarkar, Dr S. S.Patwardhan, first Doctor of Sciences of Nagpur University, Central & State Ministers-Ranjeet Deshmukh, Shantaram Potdukhe, Mukul Wasnik, Satish Chaturvedi, Vilas Muttemwar, Gev Awari, and Anees Ahmad, Moderators Rev. Dr. R. S. Bhadare, Late Rt. Rev. Vinod Peter, Lt. Col. C. K. Naidu, The Rev. P. Santaram, education officers - Mr. Franklin, Director of Public Instructions Bhopal, Prof. T. M. David, Divisional Superintedant of Education, Rt. Rev. MAZ Rolston, Rev. Jonah David, Miss MCL Ward, Miss V. S. Navgiri, Mr. F. H. Khisty (OBE) Richard W. Taylor, Balraj Aher Registrar N. U., Rev. A. K. Parsad, Rev. J. Lazarus, Mr. Timothy (Sports).
Prominent Vice-Principals G. B./LMC Members and professors namely Prof. Jas Bremer, Prof. Chandi, Prof. Dharamraj, Prof. Pendse, Prof. Kane, Prof. W. N. Joseph, Dr. R. S. Thakur, Prof. V. D. Singh, Prof. S. C.Theophilus, Prof. J. F. Gimi, Prof.Karmarkar, Dr. Francis, Dr. N. S. Vaidya, Prof. C. H. Gupta, Late Dr. Rajkumar Beliram, Dr. Mahajan, Prof. A. P. David, Prof. K. A. Dhanraj, Mr. Jonathan Stevenson, former Librarian.
Hislop College today stands in a glorious 21st Century and is rendering more and more fruitful service in the field of educational and Social reforms.