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About SNDT


The year 1896 marks the beginning of a new era in the history of women’s education in India when Dr. Dhondo Keshav Karve established an ashram for widows and helpless women at Hingne, near Pune. He realized that to make these women self-sufficient, self-reliant and self-confident, schooling was essential at the ashram. Karve launched a programme of schooling at the ashram, which latter became 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 women’s university and his friends sent him a booklet on the Japanese women’s university at Tokyo. In December 1915 Karve in his presidential address to the National Social Reform Congress at Bombay announced his decision to shape his dream into reality. An in 1916 the first college started with the enrolment of five students which gradually took shape as women’s university. Karve did not wait for the Government permission for funds……

The vision of Maharshi 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 Dr. Karve, Sir Vithaldas Thackersey made a generous contribution of Rs. 15 Lacs to commemorate the memory of his mother, Nathibai. In 1920 after the great benefactor’s mother Nathibai, the University was named as Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University (S.N.D.T.).

 In 1936, the head quarters of the University were 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 Shreemati Nathibai Thackersey Women’s University, now popularly known as SNDT Women’s University. The recognition came along with the rare privilege of having a jurisdiction across the country.

Last year, the SNDT University has celebrated Centenary year. SNDT has become a symbol of excellence in higher educational opportunities for women. The journey has been a long one since 1916. There are three university campuses-two at Mumbai-Churchgate and Juhu and one at Karve Road, Pune.

Vission mission Goal and special features


The vision of Bharat Ratna Dr. D.K. Karve to build a citadel of learning for women is encapsulated in the motto of the University- ‘Sanskrita Stree Parashakti’ (An enlightened woman is a source of infinite strength). For over almost a century, the University has been striving for and growing to newer heights of performance and outreach.


  • Empowerment of women, through education, has been the single-minded mission of this University ever since its establishment. With socio-cultural changes and technological advances,  the goals and objectives of the University are being continuously reinterpreted to make them relevant to the needs of women and in the context of prevailing needs of the society. 
  • SNDT Women’s  University  is committed  to the cause of women’s  empowerment  through  access to  education  particularly  higher  education ,  through  relevant  courses  in  the  formal  and  non  formal  streams.   Further  SNDT  is  committed  to provide  a  wide  range  of  professional   and  vocational  courses  for  women  to  meet  the  changing  socio- economic  needs, with   human  values  and  purposeful  social  responsibility  and  to  achieve  excellence  with  Quality  in every  Activity”.



  • Provide  access  to  higher  education  for  women   through   formal  and  non-formal   streams   including  adult  and  continuing  education.
  • Provide  a  wide  range  of  professional   and  vocational   courses   for  women  to  meet  the  socio- economic  demands.
  • Develop scholarship  and  research   in  emerging  areas  of  study.  Particularly  with  focus  on  women’s   perspectives.
  • Inculcate  among  women  positive  self- concept ,  awareness  of  women’s  issues  and  rights  with  a  rational  outlook  towards  society.
  • Enhance purposeful  education  with  ‘human  values’  and  social  responsibility   by  participating  in  outreach  programmes.
  • Achieve excellence  in  the  academic  disciplines ,  research  and  extension  activities  through  emphasis  on ‘ quality  in every  activity’.

Special features of the University

  • The  first  Women’s  University  in  india and  South-East-Asia.
  • All  india  jurisdiction,  presently  operational  in  Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Daman, Madhya Pardesh  and  Assam. Media  of  instruction  in  multiple  languages- Marathi,  Gujarati , Hindi and English.
  • Courses   in  conventional  as well as distance  learning  mode.
  • Wide  range  of  under –graduate  and  post – graduate  courses.
  • More  than  60,000 students  with advantage  of  multi-entry  points  into the academic  structure.
  • First  University  in  Maharashtra  to be accredited  with  five star  status  by  NAAC  for  academic  excellence.
  • University  with  Constituent  Colleges
  • University    with  three  campuses, two  in  Mumbai. One  in  pune.
  • Selected  by  UGC  for  promotion  and  excellence  in  higher  education.
  • The  S.N.D.T. Women’s  University  with  time has expanded  from  Library  Arts,  Languages, Humanities ,  Social  Science and  commerces  to  Professional  faculties  like Science,  Nursing, Pharmacy, Home  science,  Education,  Special  Education,   Library  Science,  Medical  Science including  Physiotherapy.  Today the university has added faculties   like Computer Science, Communication & Media, Management studies and Technologies are acknowledge among the best in the country.

Shree Swaminarayan Physiotherapy College (SSPTC) is proud of being first residential Physiotherapy girls’ College in India ! The Physiotherapy  students studying here  are having lot of facilities as well as time for study, practical training and extra-curricular activities. 

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