The college, established on 28th June 1985, is first institution for women’s education in North Maharashtra. The mission of the college is “Empowerment of women through quality education.” The college is permanently affiliated to SNDT Women’s university, Mumbai and is ISO 9001: 2015 certified College.
The college is the outgrowth of the external guidance center for women under the name “Jidnyasa Mahila Mahavidyalaya” started by Late Prin. B.L. Patankar, ex-Principal of H.P.T. College of Arts and R.Y.K. Science College in 1955. It was converted into a full- fledged college in 1985 with the inspiring guidance of Prof. G.B. Sardar, Prin. D.V. Inamdar (Pune), Dr. Mrs. Jyotsnaben Trivedi, the then Vice Chancellor of SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai and Prof. Mrs. Kamalinben Bhansali, under the able leadership of Sir. Dr. M.S. Gosavi, Secretary G.E. Society. The strong foundation of college has been laid down by founder Principal Dr. Sunandatai Gosavi. The constructive and glorious path of women’s education also witnessed the substantial administration of former Principal Dr. D. K. Gosavi who made value addition by his meticulous planning and execution.
With the well wishes at every point of growth, the college has received munificent donations and is thus named Shrimati Manjulaben Raojisa Kshatriya (SMRK) Arts, Babubhai Kapadia (BK) Commerce, and Athawale- Kulkarni (AK) Mahila Mahavidyalaya.
The success story of the college reached the newer heights under the proactive leadership of Prin. Dr. Mrs. Deepti Deshpande from 2004. She has been shouldering the responsibilities of the college with her innovative ways. She introduced various courses like certificate and diploma courses in fashion designing and interior designing so as to cater to the needs of modern womanhood. The charismatic presence and administration of Prin. Dr. Mrs. D. P. Deshpande has redefined the concept of women’s education.
The college has risen from the enrolment of 87 students to the present strength of about 2000 plus students benefitting from 33 courses offered under Arts, Fine Arts, Commerce, Home Science and Management Faculty. These skill based courses equip students to face the challenges of the competitive world. The college provides hands-on experience to the students to prepare them for the outer world through various innovative programmes and courses; to name few- activities of department of Music (resulting in appearance at the merit list for consecutive 17 years), SRUJAN exhibition organized every year for the entire city and Miss SMRK Best Personality Contest.
The prime focus of the college is imbibing behavioural traits and attitudes to enable students to be successful in every walk of life. The college has achieved great heights and excellence in scholastic as well as non- scholastic domain. The teachers too have made outstanding achievements in their respective careers by involving themselves in research activities and contributing at national and international forums. The strong bond between the students, teachers and the management is one of the unique features of the college which is maintained through proper guidance, healthy atmosphere and active ‘Students Counseling Cell’. The college, thus, works on the basis of learner-oriented teaching-learning process. Facilitating the girl students to create their meaningful and self-reliant social status is our aim and we strive for the same.