About Our University

Our S.N.D.T. Women's University, Mumbai

The Beginning of S.N.D.T. Women's University, Mumbai :

Maharshi Karve
Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve

      The S.N.D.T Women's University was founded by Bharat Ratna Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve,the bold social reformer who dedicated his life to the advancement of Indian women.In 1896, he started an ashram at Hingne, near Pune for widows and other helpless women, despite opposition and with very meager resources he started a simple programme of schooling for the ashram inmates because he firmly believed that it was only through education that they could be made self reliant and free.

The Dream :

      Slowly but steadily the Maharshi's ashram school grew in to a well accepted institution in Pune where young girls from educated families came to study .Encouraged by the success, his aspirations stretched. He dreamt of establishing a university for women. In 1916 the university was launched with an enrolment of five students, with great determination and courage the founder struggled on ...

A Turning Point :

      The turning point came when Sir Vithaldas Thackersey, an eminent industrialist of Mumbai , also deeply committed to the cause of women's education stepped forward with donation of Rs. 15 Lakhs. The university was named Shrimati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women' University(SNDT) in memory of his mother.In 1936, the university established a campus at Mumbai.

A Distinct Philosophy and Purpose :

      As the University grew at its campuses at Pune , Mumbai and Ahmedabad, its philosophy and its distinctive purpose took firm shape as relevant today as they were at the outset to create an atmosphere where girls can blossom in to confident ,self reliant ,responsible individuals, who can be source of strength to their families and their community.

'Sanskruta Stree Parashakti' which means "An Elightened Women is a Source of Infinite Strength." Guided by this philosophy, the University has developed many special features which make it distinctive and unique. It caters exclusively to women and offers course which are important and relevant to them.

      It pioneered the concept of Distance Education seven decades ago by allowing distance learners to study privately at home, in the days when the idea of girls attending college was not generally acceptable. Today, it has one of the country's most reputed programmes in Distance Education, it offers instruction in four Media, English, Gujarati, Hindi and Marathi, In fact from its very inception when most Indian Universities were teaching exclusively in English, SNDT started teaching in Marathi and Gujarati.

The University Today :

      In 1951 the University acquired statutory recognition .This recognition came along with the rare privilege of jurisdiction across the country. Today the university has three campuses at Pune, Churchgate and Juhu in Mumbai.In addition to 44 University departments and 14 Constituent colleges/institutionslocated on three campuses, it has 234 affiliated colleges in Maharashtra,Gujrat,Goa,Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Haryana.In the academic Year 2006, the university established the Faculty of Law and Information technology.