Sophia College for Women is an undergraduate women's college
established in 1941 by
Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is
affiliated to the University of Mumbai. The governing body of The
Society for the Higher Education of Women in India runs the college.
The Religious Sisters of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus and lay staff form
the staff of the college. Sophia, as the name suggests, stands for
Wisdom in Greek Σοφία.
2 Sophia Polytechnic
2.2 Hospitality Studies HAFT
2.3 Art & Design
2.4 Department of Dress Designing and Garment Manufacturing
2.5 Social Communications Media
3 College crest and motto
4 Notable people
5 See also
7 External links
The Society of the Sacred Heart, a
Roman Catholic religious order was
France in 1800, by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, a young
Frenchwoman. Mother Catherine Andersson brought the Society to India
The Sophia College campus area and the land in the vicinity belonged
to the British East India Company, and was later subdivided and sold.
The property changed several hands before it was acquired by the
Society of the Sacred Heart in 1940 from the Maharaja of Bhavnagar. A
part of the property was given to the Parsi family of Ashburner in the
early 19th century. The bungalow which is now the main building was
named Somerset House after Sir Henry Somerset, one of the
commanders-in-chief of the
Bombay Presidency. In 1882, the property
was acquired by the Honourable Badruddin Tyabi. He built Somerset
Annexe, the nucleus of the present science building. In 1917, Hormusji
Nosherwanjee Vakeel bought the property and added the east-west wing.
In 1923, the house was occupied by the Maharaja of Indore before the
Bhavnagar bought the house in 1937. In 1939, Archbishop
Roberts S. J. of
Bombay invited the
Sacred Heart nuns to start a
women's college in
Bombay and in 1940, The Society bought the
property. The Home and Social Culture centre was formally opened by
Archbishop Roberts and the name adopted; Mother Andersson became the
In 1941, the Arts Faculty was started. The University of Bombay
granted temporary affiliation to the college for first year and
intermediate classes. In 1942 the extension of affiliation was granted
for Bachelor of Arts classes. In 1945, the Sophia motto, crest and
colours were adopted. In 1950, the University of
permanent affiliation to the college. In 1952, the Science Faculty was
started with classes up to the Intermediate Science level. Karuna Mary
Braganza, who would later receive the Indian civilian honour of the
Padma Shri, took over as the Principal of the college in 1965. In
1966, the Intermediate Science course was extended into a Bachelor of
Science degree. In 1970, Sophia Polytechnic was introduced. In 1975,
the Junior college was introduced. In 1978, the postgraduate Diploma
Course in Clinical Analysis was started. In 1993, the post graduate
diploma course in Quality Assurance in the Food and Pharmaceutical
Industries was introduced. At the start of the 21st century, the
Sophia Centre for Women's Studies and Development and Sophia Andersson
Annexe was inaugurated. Later in 2003, the Bachelor of Mass Media was
Sophia Polytechnic is a further education college in Mumbai, India. It
is predominantly a women’s polytechnic, but male students are
admitted to the courses of the Hospitality Studies (HAFT) Department
as well as in the Social Communications Media (SCM) course. Since its
inception in 1970, Sophia Polytechnic has been committed to women’s
education, which is perceived by the institution to be the means for
both personal and societal transformation. Through the ‘Sophia
Cooverji Hormusji Programme in Ethics and Spirituality’, Sophia
Polytechnic provides the opportunity for students to focus on values,
ethical living and concern for the underprivileged. The institution
considers itself fortunate in having a highly qualified and motivated
teaching faculty and dedicated non-teaching and support staff.
Departments include Hospitality Studies (HAFT), Art and Design, Dress
Designing and Garment Manufacturing, and Social Communications Media.
Hospitality Studies HAFT
The HAFT programme is one of the oldest and most prestigious courses
in hospitality in the city. This Degree is recognized by all deluxe
hotel chains in India. HAFT provides 3 state-of-the-art kitchens and a
bakery with the latest equipment, as well as two training restaurants
to facilitate learning in a professional environment. The HAFT
tradition of 'learning to look after' continues beyond the academic
horizons.  
Art & Design
The Department of Art and Design, which is recognised by the
Directorate of Art, Government of Maharashtra, conducts the following
courses: Foundation Art, Diploma in Applied Art, and Diploma in
Textile Designing  
Department of Dress Designing and Garment Manufacturing
The Dress Designing & Garment Manufacturing courses covers
virtually the entire gamut of the fashion business. The aim of these
courses is to prepare students for the industry. Several alumni are
highly placed professionals.  
Social Communications Media
The Social Communications Media Department (SCM Sophia), conducts a
one-year, full-time,integrated post-graduate diploma course in social
communications media that is open to forty bright young women and men.
The course is affiliated to the University of Mumbai’s Garware
Institute of Career Education and Development.The course offers
documentary film production, photography, journalism,
corporate communication and advertising. Alumni of this degree
include Deepa Bhatia, Reema Kagti, Anubha Bhosle
College crest and motto
The design of the crest draws upon Indian artistic traditions. On the
outer edge is a row of pearls; inside, a lotus blossom design. In the
centre is a tree, a traditional Indian symbol.
The lotus symbolises purity and goodness. The lotus flower, which has
its roots in stagnant water and mud, presses up through the water
towards the light and emerges in full bloom above the refuse and muck
beneath. It represents a seeker of wisdom, who conquers the problems
surrounding them. The tree is a symbol of life and unity, growth and
expansion, strength and shelter.
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