The University Women’s Association (UWA),Pune, was established in 1949 when a group of prominent women from Pune including Ms. ShantabaiBhandarkar, our Founder Member, Ms Sane and Ms Khan started an association called ‘Women Graduates’ Union’, a voluntary organization that strove to educate and empower women from the disadvantaged classes. The commitment of these pioneers was matched by their competence and determination. They were sensitive and responsive to a woman’s need to be educated and also understood a working woman’s urgent requirement for a safe and secure place to stay in.


Working Women's Hostel

The UWA, Pune Working Women’s Hostel provides a home away from home to these resident working women.

Dipika BalMandir

Dipika BalMandir is our Kinder Garten school which caters to the children of 3 to 5 years of age..



This activity is aimed at providing support to adolescent girls from low income groups, studying in standards 7th to 10th.

Chhand Rang

We run this activity for imparting income generating skills, in the area of arts and crafts, to girls and women.


Scholarships are awarded to Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate and also to the students who are doing Doctoral Research.

Research and Development Cell

The Cell extends an opportunity for interdisciplinary research to members in topics related to environmental sciences, natural and social sciences social work and education.

Progress Eves

Progress Eves is the publication of UWA, Pune which keeps all its members informed about the activities of the Association.

Open House and Membership Development

A variety of programmes on topics of current relevance and of interest to members are organised in the form of lectures, discussions, round tables, games etc.

Youth Wing

This is a group of about 68 girls pursuing their studies in their chosen disciplines from different colleges and universities in Pune.

Environment Cell

The activities planned, broadly, under the cell included waste management, campus plants, nature trips to various places, lectures and workshops, etc.



The UWA, Pune, is an affiliate of Indian Federation of University Women’s Associations-IFUWA, founded in 1920. IFUWA co-ordinates the activities of fourteen University Women’s Associations (UWAs) located in different Indian cities.

IFUWA in turn is affiliated to the Graduate Women International (GWI) founded in 1919 as International Federation of University Women (IFUW). Its headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland and has national affiliates in about 60 countries and individual members in more than 40 others.

It is one of the few women’s NGOs withconsultative status in UNESCO and UN Committees, promoting lifelong education for women and girls, international cooperation, friendship, peace and respect for human rights, irrespective of their age, race, nationality, religion, gender and political opinion. It advocates the advancement of status of women and girls and enables them to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision making in all forms of public and private life.

Members of University Women’s Association who are elected on the board of Graduate Women’s International

Dr. Ujwala Shinde – Vice President Legal & Governance Candidate

Dr. Meera Bondre Vice President Membership Candidate 

Ms. Neeta Patwardhan – Finance Committee Candidates-Member

Ms. Meera Bondre – Membership Committee Candidates-Convenor

Ms. Medha Ranade  Projects Development Committee Candidates-Member

Ms. Rekha Monani  – Hegg Hoffet Committee Candidates-Member

Ms. Neelam Jagdale   – Resolutions Committee Candidates-Member

Ms. Veena Bathe GWI Vice President Legal & Governance for the triennium 2019-22.

Dr. Nita Mawar Former Convenor GWI-PDC. 2016 till 2022.

Ms. Abeda Inamdar 

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