At the inception, the centre was located within the Department of Sociology, and has benefited from efforts by earlier Heads of Department of Sociology, Professors- D.N. Dhangare, U. B. Bhoite, A. Ramanamma, A.U. Bhoite, S. M. Dahiwale and Sujata Patel who helped integrate gender into the teaching programmes.

The centre became autonomous in 1997 and ever since the programmes of the Centre have been guided by Professor Vidyut Bhagwat who joined the Centre in 1990 and was the Director from 1998 - 2008. It was under her leadership that the Inter-disciplinary Certificate Course in Women’s Studies was launched in 1996, a first of its kind in the country. As a reputed scholar of Social and Cultural History of Maharashtra and Feminist Thought in the West, she developed teaching and research programmes that went beyond the narrow binaries of western v/s indigenous, thus seeking to genuinely internationalize the curriculum to make it ‘locally’ relevant. She guided the centre’s endeavor to publish quality learning-teaching material in Women’s Studies in both English and Marathi. Professor Vidyut Bhagwat continues to be actively involved with all the activities of the centre, especially the research and material production programmes of the Centre. She also guides students for Ph. D in Women’s Studies.

Dr. Sharmila Rege has been with the Centre since 1991 and with her joining, research and teaching in the areas of Gender and Dalit Studies and Gender and Cultural Studies were further strengthened. Dr. Anagha Tambe and Dr. Swati Dyahadroy have been working with the Centre in different teaching and research capacities since 1998 and joined as faculty members in 2007-8. With their joining the research and teaching programmes of the Centre in the areas of Sexuality and Communalism studies have been further strengthened.


Name Designation Qualification   Details
Sharmila Rege Reader and Director   Details
Anagha Tambe Lecturer   Details
Swati Dyhadroy Coordinator, Learning-Teaching Material (Lecturer Grade)   Details

WSC Team

Sanjay Kumar Kamble Lecturer   Details
Sneha Gole Teaching Associate   Details
Smita Khajekar Steno-typist   Details
Madhavi Tonde Office Assistant   Details
Archana Thakurdesai Peon   Details
Sugeeta Roy Choudhury Co-ordination Assistance, Consortium of Colleges   Details
Deepa Tak Assistant in Material Production   Details
Anil Jaybhaye Assistant Coordinator   Details
Mayuri Samant Assistance, Project Coordination   Details

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