Nizam College established in 1887 is now 120 years old. Its founder was the eminent Dr. Aghorenath Chattopadhyaya, DSc (Edin.) . This college came into existence through the amalgamation of Hyderabad School (Nobel School) and Madrasa-I-Aliya . Mr.P.H. Hodson was its first British Principal.
Nizam College is considered as a miniature of the Hyderabad of yesteryears and the Andhra Pradesh of today. It has several firsts to its credit, some of which include
1. The first to impart education through English medium;
2. The first to admit a girl student for the higher education
3. The first to institute B.A.(Honors), B.Sc. and M.A. courses
4. The first to introduce Bio-Physics as a special paper for M.Sc., (Physics) in 1974 and as an optional at the under-graduate level in 1990.