SNDT Women's University

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

SNDT Women's University, also called by the full name Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University, 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.

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.

On 5 July 2016 University marked completion of 100 years of its existence. It was the first Women's University in India and South East Asia.

University profile[edit]

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 39 university departments, 15 faculties. There are 174 undergraduate colleges and 8 institutions recognized for PhD degree. 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 in the year 2000 and was reaccredited with A grade in 2015



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[edit]

SNDT Women's University has 39 university Departments, 13 institutions and 174 colleges as of 2016. The University celebrated 100 years in July 2016. Following are some of the Departments and institutions of the university.

  • Department of Postgradaute Studies and Research in Home Science offers postgradaute education in five specialisations of Home Science. It consist of FIVE postgraduate Departments of Home Science.
  • University Department of Extension Education (
  • Department of Food Science and Nutrition
  • Department of Human Development
  • Department of Textiles Sciences and Apparel Design and
  • Department of Family Resource Management.
  • 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 courses. It also offers University Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacture. Polytechnic is grant in aid by Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra State. The Polytechnic was given 9th rank across the fashion colleges of India by India Today in 2015. In 1992, the Polytechnic was awarded Best Polytechnic award by Government of Maharashtra. This Polytechnic is pioneer in jewellery design education in Asia. Dr Sachin Laddha is the Principal of this prestigious Institute
P. V. Polytechnic has 10 Academic Departments


In the academic year 2015-16, university offered 250 academic programmes from Diplomas to PhDs. There are `5 faculties underwhich varied academic programmes are offered.

within Faculty of Communication & Media Studies apart from BMM prgorammes at four colleges, PG programmes are offered at Juhu and Pune Campuses.

  • MA in Media and Communication & PG Diploma in Communication media at Juhu campus at Department of Extension Education
  • Communication media for children, Nutrition and Health Communication and Broadcast Media Masters program at Pune campus

AT PV Polytechnicat Juhu Campus

  • Various Post SSC Diploma courses in Administrative Services, Interior Design, Ophthalmic Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Electronics, Food Technology, Travel & Tourism, Apparel Manufacture & Design and Jewellery Design & Manufacture and Pharmacy (Post HSC)

For the list of courses visit

Notable alumni[edit]


  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". 
  6. ^ "Kiran Bhivgade is a Crispy success". Tech Goss. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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