About Us

University Women’s Association, Pune

The history of an organization is the history of its spirit and endeavor. So too is it with University Women’s Association (UWA) Pune.

The University Women’s Association (UWA) Pune, was established in 1949,by prominent women from Pune Ms. Shantabai Bhandarkar, our Founder Member, Ms Sane and Ms Khan, as ‘Women Graduates’ Union’, a voluntary organization that strove to educate and empower women from the disadvantaged classes.

In the year 2010, Ms. Shantabai Bhandarkar, turned 100 years. As a pleasant coincidence this year was also the Diamond Jubilee year of UWAP. Ms Bhandarkar was associated with Women Graduates’ Union, since 1977, and rose from becoming a Managing Committee member to President. She was a member of Bombay State Social Welfare from 1955 to 1957, and also of the Women’s Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Community Development in Delhi.

The UWA, Pune, is an affiliate of Indian Federation of University Women's Associations-IFUWA, founded in 1920. IFUWA is affiliated to the Graduate Women International (GWI) founded in 1919 as International Federation of University Women (IFUW).


Dr. Meera Bondre

Currently Managing Trustee of UWA, Pune
Past President , Past Treasurer, Past Convener Foreign Scholarships. Initiator & First Convener Environment Cell & Chhand Rang. Also started Youth Wing in 2016-17.
She is a Hydrobiologist and Ecologist
Founder Trustee of ‘Arbutus’, a nonprofit NGO working for all round development of children and youth, as also in the field of Environment protection, sustainable development, Art & Culture, since 1976.
Recipient of the prestigious ‘Bharat Jyoti National Award’, awarded to her in 2003 for her work in the area of Scientific Research, Environment protection, and Education.
Work with IFUWA - Currently Convener of the Constitution Committee 2016-2019.
Past Co-coordinator International Relations (CIR)
Work with GWI - Currently Convener of the GWI Membership Committee 2019-2022.

Ms. Jayashree Kale

Currently Trustee of UWA, Pune
Qualifications: M. A. Mathematics, Ranked first in University of Mumbai & Gold medalist.
Founder & Managing Trustee of Jagruti Seva Sanstha, a registered NGO working at grass root level in the urban slum areas and a few rural slum areas for women and children in the field of education, vocational training and health care since 1996.
Has been Director of Bhagini Nivedita Sahakari Bank, managed by all women. Was Chairperson for seven years.
Member of Soroptimist International, an Association of working women.
Awards received
1. International Montessori Mandal Award 1998
2. YuvabharatiSamaj Seva Award 1994
3. Diabetic Association of Pune in 2014
4. VanitaSamaj Award, Mumbai 2010
5. Baya Karve Puraskar from Maharshi Karve Shikshan Sanstha 2015.

Ms. Shobha Deshmukh

Work with UWA, Pune - Currently Trustee of UWA, Pune
Qualifications: B. E. (Civil)
Treasurer IFUWA from 1991 to 1995
Treasurer for Fund raising Committee in 1979

Mrs. Abeda P. Inamdar

Mrs. Abeda Peerpasha Hussainy Inamdar is Educated, Cultured, Religious, Hardworking and Women of Principles. She completed her M. Com. from Poona University. She appeared for Indian Administrative Services and was selected as an Executive Officer, Central Excise and Customs. She was posted at Pune and Mumbai. In 1981 she resigned the Central Government Service and joined her husband Mr. Inamdar’s business, i.e. “AHURA BUILDERS’ as Managing Partner and since then takes care of accounts and taxation.
Mrs. Abeda Inamdar has active participation in Educational Work and has various responsibilities in different organizations

Mrs. Freny Zal Tarapore

Work with UWA, Pune - Currently Trustee of UWA, Pune
B.Sc. Home Science, M.S. University, Baroda 1958., Specialisation: Child Development, M.S. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA 1962, Specialisation: Human Development and Early Childhood Education
Ford Foundation Fellowship for higher studies in the USA. British Council Fellowship to observe Educational Programmes in the UK. Fellowship from United States Educational Foundation in India for Educationists and Administrators to study Institutions of Higher Learning in the USA.
Outstanding Teacher Award from the Government of Maharashtra., Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of Human Development and Family Relations, MS University, Baroda., Montessori International, Pune Chapter., Visiting Professor, Nehru Chair, M.S. University, Baroda. Pune's Pride 2001 for Excellence in the World of Academics awarded by the Residency Club., First Recipient of Flash Award, FPAI, for Resource Mobilisation, Honoured by University Women’s Association, Pune, on International Women’s Day.

Managing Committee Members

Mrs. Neelam R. Jagdale

Currently President of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021.
Master of Arts in Mass Communication, Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts, Post-Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, Diploma in “Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Management.
Conducted several detailed surveys and made a Rehabilitation and Resettlement Plan major irrigation projects for the Government of Maharashtra.
Conducted surveys for Impact assessment of a Hydroelectric power generation project for the National Hydro-electric Power Corporation and Government of Maharashtra.
Team Co-coordinator, for Performance appraisal of World Bank Aided Hospitals, for Govt. of Maharashtra.
Member ICC forest Department, Government of India
Member Resolutions Committee, Graduate Women’s International, Geneva

Dr. Ujwala Sunil Shinde

Currently Vice - President of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021
Current Status - Principal Dr. D. Y. Patil Law College
Practiced as an Advocate at District & Sessions Court, Shivaji Nagar, Pune for 10 years Lecturer in Law at New Law College, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Deemed University, for 7 years Principal
In charge at Shri Shivaji Maratha Society’s Law College, Pune, for 14 Years
She is a recognized Ph.D. guide in Law at Savitribai Phule, Pune University
Has received Momento and Certificate of Honour (Gourav Patra) by Uttar Bharatiya Sangha.
Certificate of Appreciation from ‘Law Profiles’

Dr. Suchitra Roy

Currently Hon. Secretary of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021
Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune
M.Sc. Chemistry from Pt.Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur
B.Sc. (Chemistry, Zoology Botany, Foundation Course) from Pt.Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur. Assistant Professor at Bharati Vidyapeeth University’s College of Engineering, Pune for 12 Years
Member of the Board of Studies of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Member of the Internal Complaints Committee
Research Paper Publications in International Peer Reviewed Indexed Journals
Has been awarded "Young Scientist Award" in senior category of Experimental Nutrition from "Nutrition Society of India”

Advocate Prema P Kulkarni

Currently Hon. Treasurer of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021
Bachelor of Arts- Bachelor of Commerce from Karnataka University Dharwad
LLB from Shahaji Law College from Shivaji University Kolhapur
Practicing lawyer since 34 years in civil, criminal, co-operative court matters, motor accident claims and family matters in the district court Pune
Has worked as honorary member in the legal cell of STREE Adhar Kendra for 7 years
Founder member of Maharashtra Federation of Women’s Lawyers and All India Federation of Women’s lawyer
Was Secretary, Joint secretary and Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Pune Ganeshkhind

Advocate Ujjwala R. Deshpande

Currently Jt. Secretary of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021
B. Sc. (Hons.) LL.B
Advocate practicing since last 35 yrs. civil, co-operative, family, property matters, conveyance, legal advice
Founder member and vice president for All India Women Lawyers Association Maharashtra
Paper on protection from domestic violence in all India during conference in 2007, held at Bangalore
Paper on state conference held at Yavatmal on justice delay means justice denied
Article on Privacy to be protected in concern with registering Aadhar at state conference at Ahmedabad

Mrs. Veena Raman

B.A. in Psychology, History & Sociology, Diploma in Travel & Tourism 
26 Years in the Tourism Sector 
Deputy General Manager Madhya Pradesh Tourism (retd) 
Public Relations, Marketing Liaison, Event Management skills ,Product development. Has represented M.P. Government at International Travel Conventions for promoting & marketing Madhya Pradesh as a tourist destination. 
Deputation for  2 years  to Commonwealth Games 2010 held in Delhi 
Represented India in Senior Women’s Hockey 
Association Representative of UWA Pune 
Started a self help group for underprivileged women, called “Kadki Pari’s” to make newspaper bags  
Help children of SOS day care centre in Shivaji Nagar in learning English and hobby activities 

Ms. Rita Varma

Currently Jt. Treasurer of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021
Post-Graduation in Chemistry
Scientist (retired as Principal Scientist) from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
Worked in the field of Biotechnology
Handled various projects such asRenewal resources of energy, drug intermediaries,bio-degradation of polymersand analytical methods.
Work in a UNDP sponsored project of Energy from renewal resources.
Deputed to University of Manchester for 6 months.
Guide to research students.

Ms. Sunanda Ramesh Paranjape

Currently Convener - Hostel of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021
Master of Library and Information Sciences from University of Madras, Chennai
Librarian at Sir M Venkata Subba Rao Higher Secondary School in Chennai for 9 years
Librarian at Library of Tolani Institute of Technology management that runs courses in Marine engineering and Information Technology
Librarian at Symbiosis International University for thirteen years
Pre-primary school for underprivileged children in Navalgund
Co-convener for Hostel Committee for two years
Convener of Dipika Bal Mandir for two years

Ms. Uma Sharma

Currently Convener –Dipika Bal Mandir of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021
M.A. HNB Garhwal University, Uttarakhand
Treasurer of Model Colony Parisar Samiti, Pune since last seven years
Trustee of Vasundhara Library since the last seven years
Secretary of Vasundhara Library since the last three years

Ms. Phoola Kaul

Currently Convener –Open House and Membership Development of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021
Post Graduation with Honors in Political Science
Bachelor of Education
Advanced Educational Colloquiums, orientation programs and workshops at prestigious institutes like Don Bosco, Pune and Bombay Scottish Mumbai
Award of Merit from United Schools Organization of India
Certificate of recognition Pune University

Lt. Col. (Mrs.) Shubhangi Dumbray (Retd.)

Currently Convener –Sucharita of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021
B. Sc. Nursing CON AFMC, Pune
M. Sc. Psychiatric Nursing, SNDT
Commissioned in Indian Army in 1798, retired in 2000
Head of IGNOU P. B. B. Sc. Nursing since 2011
Professor/Principal of Tehmi Grant Institute of Nursing Education, Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune
Bharat Siromani Award by International Institute of Education & Management, New Delhi
National Mahila Ratan Gold Medalby International Institute of Education & Management, New Delhi

Mrs. Savita Karandikar

Currently Convener –Chhand Rang of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021
B. A.
Short term Diploma course in Computer Applications, Numerology course, VastuShastra course, Water painting course.
Consultant ‘Oriflame India’ for more than 15 years
Crochet & Knitting business for more than 20 years
Artisan Identity card holder of ‘Ministry of Textiles, Government of India in Handicrafts’

Mrs. Manjushri J. Parasnis

Currently Convener –Environment Cell of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021
M.Sc. (Ecology), B.Sc. (Botany), D.N.R.M. (dip. Ecology), Gardening (dip. Gardening)D.I.D. (dip. Interiors) DNIIT (dip. Computers), S.I.M.A.P. (dip. Mgmt.)
Research Assistant at KEM Hospital
Marketing and Coordinating head at Sustainable Living Integrated Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Ms. Shabnum Poonawalla

Work with UWA, Pune – Currently Ex officio President of UWA, Pune for the Biennium 2019-2021.
Bachelor of Architecture
Goldman Sachs Women Entrepreneur
Climate Reality Leader
Member: Council of Architecture.
Member: Indian Institute of Architects.
Member: AESA ( Architects Engineers & Surveyors Association)
INTACH: Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.
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University Women’s Association, Pune,
272 - E, Jambhekar Path, Gokhale Nagar, Pune - 411053.
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