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SNDT Women's University
SNDT Univ Logo.jpg
Established 1896
Type Public
Chancellor S.C. Jamir
Vice-Chancellor Dr. C. Krishnamurthy
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Campus Urban
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 Santacruz - Juhu area of Mumbai. SNDT has three campuses: Two in Mumbai and one in Pune. Being a University it has number of colleges in various parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam, Goa as well.



The year 1896 marks 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, self- reliant and self- confident, schooling was essential at the ashram. Karve launched a programme of schooling at 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. and in 2 July 1916 the first college started with the enrollment of five students which gradually took shape as 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 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. In 1936, the headquarters of the University 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 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

University profile

Today, the University has an enrolment of over 70,000 students. It has four campuses, located at Churchgate, Santacruz-Juhu, Pune and Palghar. 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 has inherited from the past. The university is actively involved in teaching, research and extension. The University 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 in working with the community. The partners include Government of Maharashtra, various ministries of the Government of India, University Grants Commission, UNICEF, British Council, Association of Commonwealth Universities and Swedish International Development Agency.


Freeships and scholarships are available to students on a need-cum-merit basis.


Student hostels are available on three campuses of the University. The seats are limited and available on merit-cum-need basis.

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 Post graduation programme ( Master's) in Management studies.
  • Department of PostGradaute Studies and Research in Home Science offers postgradaute education in five specialisations of Home Science. More details on
  • Under the 'Faculty of Commerce' is the 'Department of Commerce' which offers the Masters in Commerce (MCom) and Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) degrees. The department is currently 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.


  • Communication media for Children - Masters program (Pune Campus)

For the List of Courses visit

Notable alumni

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