Women's education is considered as an important factor for the holistic development and empowerment of women. Women's education is the parameter for prosperity and progress of any society. During the Vedic period, Indian women were educated the way men used to be. In the Middle Ages, however, women's education was not given much importance. As a result, their social status declined and deteriorated. In the pre-independence period, the Britishers started Missionary schools in the country. In 1824, a separate school for girls was established at Byculla in Mumbai. But the mentality of parents for sending daughters to schools was not popular at that time. Dadabhai Navroji, Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Savitribai Phule, Raja Rammohan Roy and many others worked towards ensuring basic right of girls to education. Inspired by Ramabai Ranade, Seva Sadan was established in Pune on 2nd October 1909 for the overall development of women and their contribution in the Nation’s development.
In another three years, here in Nagpur, on 15th October 1915, on the day of Vijayadashami, Shri. G. A. Alas Dadasaheb Ogle along with some of his friends started a new school named Hindu Mulinchi Shala which is today known as Smt. Dadibai Deshmukh Hindu Mulinchi Shala . It was the first institution during those times to provide education for girls in Nagpur and in the Central Provinces and Berar with just five girls in a small space in the Mahal area of the city. Later on number of students increased resulting in space crunch.In 1925, the famous surgeon and former Mayor of Mumbai, Shri. G. V. Deshmukh extended financial help in memory of his mother Dadibai Deshmukh. It laid the foundation for the establishment of Stree Shikshan Prasark Mandal in 1926 and subsequently school's own building was constructed. The school was renamed as Smt. Dadibai Deshmukh Hindu Mulinchi Shala. Over the period, the importance of women's education increased and efforts were made to provide them with higher education. Recognizing the need of the hour, in 1971, an evening college affiliated to Nagpur University for housewives and working Hindu girls was started in the school premises. At that time only ten girls sought admission and classes were conducted in the school hall. Eventually the number of girls increased and also with the starting of Junior college in 1976, the search for a new place began and finally the college relocated to its own building at Nandanvan in 1984. On 28th October, 2021, Mahila Mahavidyalaya has completed 50 glorious years of its existence.
Today thousands of students have been benefitted by taking education in our Institute. The college boasts of lush green surroundings, spacious playgrounds, hostel for female students, disabled friendly facilities and gym. ‘Vidya Param Daivatam’ is the motto of our college. We offer education from Junior college, 2 UG programmes-Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Cosmetic Technology , 5 Post Graduate and PhD research Centre. The college has well-equipped library offering Book bank scheme for students, Special Deposit scheme for researchers ,and internet facility . Various courses of Yashwantrao Chavan Open University are also conducted in the college since 2006. A Research Centre for pursuing doctoral research was started in 2017. We have completed 3 cycles of NAAC Assessment and Accreditation with ‘A’ Grade with 3.01 CGPA in 3rd cycle and are gearing up for 4th cycle of NAAC Assessment and Accreditation Our students have excelled in academics, sports, extracurricular and Arts fields. The college boasts of International, national players and also Chatrapati Awardees- Highest honor for sports person from Maharashtra. They are also serving in various organizations , are film stars, entrepreneurs, Air hostess, and social workers running NGOs.