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SNDT Women's University

SNDT Women's University
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Motto ' Sanskrita Stree Parashakti '
(An enlightened women is a source of Infinite strength).[1]
Established 1916
Type Public
Chancellor C. Vidyasagar Rao[2]
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Prof. Vasudha Kamath(ni3)
Students Women Only
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Campus Mumbai, Pune
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Affiliations UGC

Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University (SNDT) is a women's university in the city of Mumbai, India. The university headquarters are situated at Churchgate in South Mumbai, while the main campus is in SantacruzJuhu area of Mumbai. SNDT has three campuses: two in Mumbai and one in Pune. The University has affiliated colleges Maharashtra, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Surat and Goa, as well.[3]


The year 1896 marked the beginning of a new era in the history of women’s education in India when Dhondo Keshav Karve established an ashram for widows and helpless women at Hingne near Pune. He realized that to make these women self-sufficient, -reliant and -confident, schooling was essential at the ashram. Karve launched a programme of schooling there, which latter became a regular school for girls and women. In a society governed by age-old customs and conservative attitudes towards women, an institution of this type was bound to face social and economic difficulties. He had a dream of establishing a women’s university. His friends sent him a booklet on the Japan Women's University in Tokyo. In December 1915 Karve, in his presidential address to the National Social Reform Congress in Bombay, announced his decision to shape his dream into reality. On 2 July 1916 the first college started with the enrollment of five students; it gradually took shape as a women’s university. Karve did not wait for the government permission for funds.

The vision of Maharashi Karve and the foresight of Sir Vithaldas Thackersey led to the establishment of the first women’s university in India. Recognizing the pioneering work of Karve, Thackersey made a generous contribution of Rs. 15 lakh to commemorate the memory of his mother, Nathibai. In 1920 the university was named Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University.[4]

In 1936, the headquarters was shifted to Bombay. The university continued to grow, providing higher education to more and more women. In 1951, the university was granted statutory recognition and was renamed as Shrimati Nathibai Thackersey Women’s University now popularly known as SNDT Women’s University. The recognition came along with rare privilege of having a jurisdiction across the country. Today SNDT has become a symbol of excellence in higher education opportunities for women.

University profile

Today, the University has an enrolment of over 70,000 students. It has three campuses, located at Churchgate, Santacruz-Juhu, Pune.[5] The university has 26 colleges, 38 university departments, 11 faculties. There are 11 undergraduate colleges and 38 postgraduate departments. The university continues to manage three secondary schools for girls, which it had inherited. The university is actively involved in teaching, research and extension. SNDT is the first university in Maharashtra to obtain a five-star rating from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India.


The university has collaborated with state and central governments, industry, national and international organisations to develop and conduct academic programmes, undertake research and work with the community. The partners include the government of Maharashtra, ministries of the government of India, University Grants Commission, UNICEF, British Council, Association of Commonwealth Universities and Swedish International Development Agency.

Colleges/university Departments

  • Usha Mittal Institute of Technology, an engineering college affiliated to SNDT Women's University (formerly known as the Institute of Technology for Women)
  • Janaki Devi Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JDBIMS) offers a postgraduate Master's in Management Studies.
  • Department of Postgradaute Studies and Research in Home Science offers postgradaute education in five specialisations of Home Science.[6]
  • Under the Faculty of Commerce is the Department of Commerce which offers the Master's in Commerce (MCom) and Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) degrees. The department is headed by Dr. G. Y. Shitole, a prominent researcher in research methodology. He is also the recipient of the prestigious "Best Commerce Teacher" award by the Maharashtra State Commerce Teachers' Association.
  • Premlila Vithaldas Polytechnic established in the year 1976 has been commended by experts for producing high quality programs which meet national and international standards of excellence. P.V. Polytechnic offers 9 AICTE approved Diploma Courses and it is grant in aid by Department of Technical Education, Maharashtra State


  • Communication media for children, Masters program (Pune campus)

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Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Motto of SNDT". 
  2. ^ S.N.D.T Women's University
  3. ^ "Affiliated Colleges". SNDT University. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "History of SNDT". 
  5. ^ "Campuses of SNDT". 
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  7. ^ "Kiran Bhivgade is a Crispy success". Tech Goss. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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