Women's Education Society's
Lady Amritbai Daga College
for Women of Arts, Commerce and Science
Smt. Ratnidevi Purohit College
of Home Science and Home Science Technology, Nagpur

(Affiliated to the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur)

(Re-Accredited 'A' Grade by NAAC, Bangalore)

(College with Potential for Excellence by UGC, New Delhi)

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In 1932 the visionary Shri Y.M.Pathak, founder of L.A.D. College wrote that a ‘divine decree’ spurred him on to think of educating women. He wrote “Divinity desires that a women’s college be started at Nagpur”.

This is how the Veteran Scholar, Philosopher and Poet, Shri Y.M. Pathak, made his dream come true and the ‘College of Arts for Women’ as it was then called was inaugurated on 11th July 1932 and affiliated to Nagpur University, Nagpur in 1935.

Thus came into existence the Women’s Education Society which was established in the year 1932 with its goal centered firmly around women’s progress in educational, social and cultural fields. At a time, when women’s education was considered path breaking it was driven by the mission of holistic development of women i.e. –
‘Enlighten, Empower and Socially uplift women through access to Higher, Technical and Vocational Skills Education’.

Several Philanthropists have lent their vision and contributed generously to the welfare of the society. The Women’s Education Society with legal luminaries at the helm enjoys an unsullied reputation to this day.
With 82 years of sustained progress the Women’s Education Society has many institutions under its aegis. Its strength lies in the versatility of the range of programmes offered by the following institutions.

In its eighty third year, both the society and the college have a record of significant landmarks and milestones which makeup the remarkable graph of its growth and evolution.

  • Lady Amritbai Daga College for Women of Arts, Commerce And Science & Smt. Ratnidevi Purohit College of Home Science & Home Science Technology,  Shankar Nagar, Nagpur
  • Women’s Technical Education & Research Institution, Smt. Ratnidevi Purohit
  • Smt. Manoramabai Mundle College of Architecture
  • Justice M.L. Pendse School of Languages and Media Studies
  • Women’s Education Society’s Hostel, Seminary Hills Campus
  • L.A.D. & smt. R. P. College for Women, Hostel Shankar Nagar Campus
  • Gokul Balwadi, Seminary Hills
  • ‘Swaprakashan’ Publication Cell.

Number of faculties were added in L.A.D. College for Women viz.- The Bachelor of Home Science in the academic year 1956-57 and faculty of Science in 1972-73. Junior College from 1975-76 in Arts (3 sections), Science Stream started from 1977.

The college started few technical courses such as Dietetics, Interior Decoration, Receptionist & Beauty Culture which led to the starting of a Women’s Polytechnic in the year 1978-79.

In the year 1977 an independent college of Home Science Technology was started in Women’s Education Society which was merged with L.A.D. College for Women in the year 1981 & the name of the college changed to Lady Amritbai Daga College for Women of Arts, Commerce And Science & Smt. Ratnidevi Purohit College of Home Science & Home Science Technology i.e. is the present name.

In 1974 an innovative project the Balwadi named as ‘Gokul Balwadi’ commenced functioning as a live laboratory to learn child development. Equipped with toy and book libraries and a woman and child health care centre it catered to the needs of the community in the vicinity. Prior to this there was a Dispensary (Rural welfare centre) and a primary school named as ‘Suman Vikas’ for the benefit of people of Hazari Pahad Village.

Faculty of Commerce was introduced in the year 1981-82. Commerce stream in Junior College started in the year 1985-86.

Post Graduate courses were started in the faculty of Arts and Home Science. Besides M.Tech. courses in the Home Science faculty, Post Graduation was also started in the Commerce faculty.

In 1993-94 a five year degree course in Architecture was started. Later in the year 2008 a separate college of Architecture was carved out from L.A.D. & Smt. R.P. College and named as Smt. Manoramabai Mundle College of Architecture. Which is also recognized as a place of ‘Learning & Research’.

L.A.D. College was accredited ‘A’ grade by NAAC, Bangalore in the year 2003 and                       re-accredited ‘A’ in 2011. The College was identified as one of the 16 ‘Lead Colleges of Nagpur University to guide five other colleges for academic development and implementation of quality improvement programmes. It was also identified as one of the five centers of ‘Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Swayan Rojgar Abhiyan’ by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University to carry out Training Programme in self employment for UG & PG students.

In the year 2004, the Department of Cosmetic Technology was recognized as place of ‘Research work leading to Doctoral degree’ by Nagpur University. Other departments are preparing to follow suit.

In keeping with the times a vocational subject Biotechnology at B.Sc. level was started from the session 1997-98 with Financial Assistance from UGC. M.Sc. in Biotechnology was introduced in the academic session 2006-07. Bachelor of Business Administration & Post Graduate Diploma in fashion technology were introduced in 2006-07 and Master of Fashion Design in 2009-2010.

A number of decentralized projects were initiated to increase competency in working systems. Several cells came into existence in the college. Thus Sewa, Jagruti, Nirmal Cell along with others became fully functional. Through SEWA the college reaches out to the community at large and shares social responsibility, which is also being discharged through the adoption of a village ‘Thathurwada’, from 2006.

Various short-term courses were started under ‘Utkarsha Jiwan Nirwah Upakram’ of Nagpur University in 2006, which led to starting of a separate ‘Justice M.L. Pendse School of Languages & Media Studies’ in 2008.

The society is poised to dream bigger and soar much higher. The onus lies on the Alumnae to come forward and do their mite to consolidate and strengthen the colleges in whichever way possible.

The institutions offer students a global perspective where hard work and diligence are acknowledged and rewarded. The greatest contribution they can make to their alma mater, is making themselves useful and successful in life so that the institutions get recognized by their achievements and take pride in having them as students.

In my long journey as student, teacher and Principal of L.A.D. & Smt. R.P. College for Women and later the Hon. Director and Secretary in the management of ‘Women’s Education Society’, I had the honour of serving my alma mater for more than four decades in my life time. There is still more to be accomplished and I am fortunate that my time continues. For, L.A.D. is and will always remain, my place of worship.

Dr. Panna Akhani.   
*Dr. Panna Akhani is an alumna, faculty, Former Principal of L.A.D & Smt. R.P. College for Women. Currently she is the Hon. Director, WES’ Group of Institutions and Secretary of the Women’s Education Society, Nagpur.