Established in 1959, was the first institution in Mumbai to offer Home Science at a degree level. It is also the first college of S.N.D.T. Women's University to be granted autonomous status from the year 1995-96 in the state of Maharashtra.
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Our Founders

Maharshi prof. tD.K


Bharat Ratna Maharshi Dhonde Keshav Karke (18th April 1858 – 9th Nov 1962) was a Humanist, an evangel of emancipation both for Hindu widows and for womanhood at large. A pioneering figure moved by the magnificent instinct that upheld the progress of womanhood as the purest and the surest test of the progress of the civilization, the establishment of Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Indian Women’s University was the culmination of an odyssey. The founding father advocated women’s education as instrumental in women’s empowerment by enabling them to be economically independent and to be able to think for themselves.
S.N.D.T Women’s University was started in 1916 by the eminent social reformer Maharshi Professor D. K. Karve with the aim of educating girls for self-reliance.

Sir Vithaldas Thackersey


The efforts of Maharshi Karve got a boost with the support of an industrialist,philanthropist and a visionary Sir Vithaldas Thackersey who generously donated Rs. 25 lacs in the memory of his mother Shrimati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey to strengthen the foundation laid by Maharishi Karve. Sir Vithaldas Thackersey died on August 12th 1922.

Lady Premlila Thackersey


She was the wife of educationist and philanthropist Sir Vithaldas Thackersey. When her husband died in 1925, she was 31 years old, yet continued his work, both in the field of education and philanthropy and dedicated herself to the cause of women’s education. She remained the chairperson of the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (1956-1972), and also became the first Vice-Chancellor of SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai.

She was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour given by Government of India in 1975, for her contribution in the field of education.

The incomplete work of Sir VithaldasThackersey was carried on by his wife Lady Premlila Thackersey who donated generously to establish the degree college in Home Science. Thus, Sir VithaldasThackersey College of Home Science was started in the year 1959. The College fosters optimum growth and development in girls thus fulfilling the vision of our founder, Sir Vithaldas Thackersey.

The College has developed curriculum and activities designed to bring changes in the students’ thoughts, ideas, attitudes, interests, emotions, personality and character. It believes in the value of empowerment to girl students to excel in their field of education. The curriculum offers the students choices of courses to select from core courses to general elective courses from other specializations to foster a holistic approach to development and deeper understanding on issues and challenges.

The College has adapted to the changes required globally for education and develop competencies in the students. The College strives to provide education to all girls from different cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds to regular and differently abled students.

Activities for students have been planned in the curriculum to develop the leadership quality in students. NSS activities have been conducted, special camps and training programs organized for students to inculcate values of team work, motivation and leadership.

The College has integrated technology enabled teaching learning process in the curriculum. With the advent of technology and its usage globally, the students are trained to use computer programs, software, information and communication based systems. This helps the students to learn, integrate and use technology to their advantage.

Community development programs, working with women from weaker economic section, and village adopted for training the people is integrated in the curriculum. Every specialization prepares students to promote good practices of their department to teach members of community on new skills, sustainable practices, equality, social justice, literacy skills for employability and development.