The present day Kalina was earlier by the name of Kole Kalyan village. It earlier constituted of large farms that were acquired for the setting up of the Airport. Part of the village lands, about 230 acres were later acquired for setting up of the Mumbai University campus in the year 1961. Kole-Kalyan was also a station on the Salsette-Trombay Railway line which was dismantled after the rail line closed down in 1934. According to an account the word Kole-Kalyan mean the homes of Jackals, Foxes and Wolves which at one time roamed these areas in large numbers.