SOPHIA MILESTONES

The University course (Arts only) was started in June 1941 with about twenty-five students, with Reverend Mother Andersson as the first Principal. Sophia College became the first college affiliated to the University of Bombay that catered exclusively to women’s education.
The first batch of students of the University course graduated from Sophia College in 1945.
In June 1950, permanent affiliation to the University of Bombay was granted to the College for the B.A. course.
In 1952, the Science faculty was started for classes up to the Inter Science level with Science laboratories set up for the first time in College.
In December 1957, his Excellency Shri Sri Prakasha, Governor of Bombay, inaugurated the newly constructed Sophia Hall.
Sophia College celebrated its Silver Jubilee of its affiliation to the University from 17th to 21stDecember, 1966. As a memorial of the Silver Jubilee (1966-1967) it was decided to inaugurate the two year B.Sc. course in Microbiology and Chemistry.
1968 saw the launching of the post-graduate Diploma Course in Instrumental Methods of Chemical and Microbiological Analysis. MSc in Biochemistry was also started in this year.
Unsupervised examinations were introduced for the first time in the first terminal examinations of the academic year 1968-69. In this way Sophia College commemorated the Gandhian Birth Centenary Year. The year was also marked by the administration of the Teacher Assessment Questionnaire (T.A.Q.) for the first time; the T.A.Q., with some modifications, continues to be used till today.
The Bhabha Institute of Science, Sophia’s very own Science building was occupied by the first batch of Junior BSc students in the year 1967.
1970: The Sophia Shri Basant Kumar Somani Memorial Polytechnic for women was opened on the College campus to provide students vocational education, the foundation for which was laid by the then Prime Minister, Smt. Indira Gandhi.
In 1973, COHSSIP (College Humanities and Social Sciences Improvement Programme) was launched. This eventually developed into the “Internal Assessment” system .
In November 1975 the Library Extension Building was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor of Bombay University, Shri T.K. Tope. The new extension housed the library, a reading room, an audio-visual centre, a canteen and staff and tutorial rooms. The building was financed by the Indo German Social Service League and also by the U.G.C.
In 1977, Junior College, with both SYJC and FYJC in Science as well as Arts, was begun.
The first ‘Kaleidoscope’ was held in 1977, marking the beginning of the college’s signature annual intercollegiate festival which has since grown to be one of the most iconic and sought after youth festivals in Mumbai.
The Sophia Open Classroom was launched in 1978, as an experimental programme in continuing higher education. It offered well over 35 short-term courses covering a wide range of subjects.
In 1988, the M.P.F.L. (Mass Programme for Functional Literacy) was taken up in a big way by Sophia College.
In 1990, the Computer Centre was started with two PC – XT computers and a printer purchased from a grant given by U.G.C.
1990-91 was the College Golden Jubilee year. Commemoratives included the setting up of 11 Golden Jubilee scholarships and the instituting of the Dalmia Professor Emeritus Award.
1991-92 marked the Silver Jubilee of the Bhabha Institute of Science; it witnessed the launching of the Education to Excellence in Science Programme (EXSP), to mark the silver jubilee, on December 12, 1991; the college launched the MPFL Slum literacy project at Tulsiwadi in Tardeo.
In 1993 the Post-graduate Diploma in Quality Assurance (QAFI) course was inaugurated by S.M.Datta, Chairman of Hindustan Lever Ltd.
The Excellence Programme for Arts and Humanities (EXAP) was launched in 1993.
In June 1999, the Vocational Centre for the Junior College was inaugurated.
2001 saw the inauguration of the Andersson Annexe which housed the Sophia Centre for Women’s Studies and Development.
In 2003 the College went in for accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body established by the UGC, securing an ‘A’ grade with a score of 88%.
In 2003, the popular Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) programme was started at Sophia.
In 2003, the popular Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) programme was started at Sophia.
From 2004 to 2009 the Life Sciences department received a large UGC grant under the Innovative Programme(s) Scheme.
In 2006-07, the college library was refurbished into the M. K. Tata Trust Information Centre, with a computer-based catalogue search, an audio-visual section and internet facilities.
In 2007, the Geeta Israni Centre of Quality Assurance was renovated with state-of-the-art facilities.
In 2008 the Suman Tulsiani Common Instrumentation Room for Science staff members and research fellows was inaugurated.
Four major research grants were received from the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Bio Technology.
In 2009, the College went in for NAAC re-accreditation securing a CGPA of 3.61 on 4 which was the highest in Mumbai and the Western region.
In 2009-10, the M. K. Tata Communication Technology Centre housing four computer laboratories with 93 workstations and internet broadband facilities was set up.
Sophia received the Best College award from the University of Mumbai in 2009-10.
In 2010, the state-of-the-art Suman Ramesh Tulsiani Convention Centre was inaugurated in College, equipped with the latest audio-visual technology with a seating capacity of 150, for the use of academic departments at Sophia for seminars, film screenings and conferences.
In 2010, the state-of-the-art Suman Ramesh Tulsiani Convention Centre was inaugurated in College, equipped with the latest audio-visual technology with a seating capacity of 150, for the use of academic departments at Sophia for seminars, film screenings and conferences.
In 2011-12, the College Shed was renovated into the Dr. Zaibun Jasdanwalla Multipurpose Hall with an indoor badminton court.
In 2013-14, a new floor was built in the Andersson Annexe to house new classrooms and an additional computer laboratory.
In 2013-14, the three-year BSc IT course was started in the college.
Since 2014, Sophia College has enjoyed tie-ups with Concordia College, New York, and Purdue University, Indiana, in the United States.
In the 2015 NAAC re-accreditation, the college secured a CGPA of 3.70 on 4, the highest among Arts and Science colleges in Mumbai and featuring in the top ten in the country.
In 2016, Sophia College has been included in the elite Star College scheme conceived and run by the Department of Bio Technology.