SOPHIA COLLEGE FOR WOMEN is a grant-in-aid, primarily undergraduate institution, affiliated to the UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI. In 2003 Sophia College was accredited by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) with an ‘A’ grade and an overall high score of 88%.In March 2009, we were re-accredited by NAAC again with an ‘A’ grade and a cumulative grade point average of 3.61 on a scale of 4. This grade point average is the highest to date in the whole of the Western Region since NAAC introduced the new system in April 2007 and the sixth highest in the whole of India.
Under Article 30(1) of the Constitution of India, the college is primarily for Christian minority students, but it admits everyone without discrimination, on the basis of merit and other legal provisions.
From its inception in 1941, the mission of the college has always been commitment to women’s education, which is perceived to be the means for both personal and societal transformation. The mission is the upliftment of women through an education that is holistic and provides for an all-round growth. The College management is committed to creating an atmosphere in which the zest for learning thrives and students are trained not only academically but also to be women of convictions and values. All programmes are student-centred, providing ample opportunity for the development of leadership and self-assurance.
The goals of the college are revised periodically in order to keep pace with changing needs. Within the framework of the goals of the college, a unique feature of the institution is that a different theme is chosen each year. Various activities, departmental, interdepartmental and intercollegiate in nature, are organized around this theme, in collaboration with the Sophia Centre for Women’s Studies and Development. These activities include seminars, symposia, discussions and minor research studies on the chosen theme for the academic year. At the end of the year, ANANYA, an intercollegiate event focusing on the theme, is held. Other innovative academic activities are carried out under the Excellence Programmes of the college. The Education to Excellence in Arts Programme (EXAP) and the Education to Excellence in Science Programme (EXSP) aim to provide gifted students with the opportunity to go beyond the syllabus. The cultural dimension of the College is reflected in the prestigious intercollegiate festival, KALEIDOSCOPE, which is a very popular event among students of city and suburban colleges.
The College is fortunate in having a highly qualified and motivated teaching faculty, many of whom are actively engaged either in research work or in extension activities. Sophia College, during the past few years, has received special grants from the University Grants Commission as well as the Ministry of Science and Technology and other agencies. The committed faculty and the additional grants for academic activities have enabled the college to meet effectively the new challenges faced by education today.
The Sophia Campus has excellent infrastructural facilities and is always alive with activity-academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular and sports. Our students are expected to participate actively and to take advantage of the many opportunities offered, so that they can develop into self-confident, responsible, ethical and compassionate human beings.