SNDT Arts and Commerce College for Women​

The SNDT Arts and Commerce College for Women was founded by Bharatratna Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve on 5th July 1916, with five students. It is this College at Pune, with which he started the functioning of the Indian Women’s University. This College is thus the very first Institution of the University. Today, it functions as a Conducted College, owned and governed by the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. Both the College​ as w​ell as the University came to be named after Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey, mother of Sir Vitthaldas Thackersey, who generously donated an amount of Rs. Fifteen Lakh in the year 1920.


Our Motto

“Sanskrita Stree Parashakti”, meaning ‘An enlightened woman is a source of infinite strength’, aptly encapsulates the vision of Maharshi Karve to build a citadel of learning for women. The College, for over nine decades, has been striving hard to translate this motto into reality.

The Vis​​ion of the College​​

Being a conducted college of the SNDT Women’s University, the College pursues the vision of the University in Toto. The Vision of the University is: “Today we Visualize the SNDT Women’s University as a world class university that continually responds to the changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge. The purpose of such engagement will be to create an inclusive society that promotes and protects the dignity, equality, social justice, and human rights for all, with special emphasis on empowerment of women.”

The Mis​sion of the College

In the light of this vision, the University has envisaged the mission to be: “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 the university 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”.


The goals o​f the SNDT Arts and Commerce College, emerging from the Vision and Mission are :
       • Provide multidisciplinary academic and vocational courses for students to meet the socio-economic demands;
        • Engage students in research activities in emerging areas of study with focus on women's perspectives.
        • Inculcate among students positive self-concept, awareness of women's issues and rights with a rational  
           outlook towards society;
        • Impart meaningful education with social relevance and orientation; and
        • Achieve excellence in the academic and extension activities through emphasis on 'quality in every activity'.

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