The beginnings of SNDT Women’s University date back to 1896 when Maharshi Karve, the intrepid social reformer began to take up the cause of widows and other helpless women. Due to social customs, ignorance and societal inhibitions, education of women was not encouraged. Professor Karve strongly felt that the wide gulf between the social status of men and women must be bridged and that women should be on equal terms with men regarding the affairs at home, the city and the nation. Over the decades, the mission to educate women has been conscientiously reviewed, re-examined and redefined for relevance based on the following objectives.

1. To provide education to girls and women whose access to it is limited or poor. This includes those who are located in remote areas, those who are bound by orthodox and societal inhibitions, those whose education has been cut short for various reasons and those who are restricted by financial constraints.
2. To provide courses so as to ensure that women gain entry into fields from which they have been traditionally excluded.
3. To identify where and what kind of new job opportunities are appearing in the course of the ongoing industrialisation and modernisation of the country.
4. To consciously equip students to function as responsible and self-confident citizens.
5. To advance the quality of education for women.


The Leelabai Thackersey College of Nursing is a constituent college of S.N.D.T. Women’s University. The college was established as a department in 1952 and was raised to a full fledged college in 1964. It was recognised by the Maharashtra Nursing Council in 1965 and this recognition was confirmed by the Government of Maharashtra in 1966.

It was recognized by the Indian Nursing Council in 1969. A two years post graduate programme leading to M.Sc. in Nursing was started in 1976. The doctorate programme in Nursing commenced in the year 1993. The college also conducts diploma courses in neonatal nursing of three months and one year duration. The college draws its objectives from the philosophy and policies of the University. The faculty of nursing assumes responsibility for teaching, service and research and recognises the need for participation in all those activities by the teachers and students.

The college believes that the individual from an early age learns to adapt to her environment, where she develops awareness and achieves participation as a member of family, community and society. Each individual possesses her own unique personality and characteristics, reflecting internal and external factors, which in turn, affect the rate and extent to which movement towards self-actualisation.