The post-graduate Department of Philosophy is one of the youngest department on campus and was started in March 1986 by the University of Mumbai. Dr. S.S Antarkar was the founder Head of the department, who laid great stress on the importance of learning all traditions of philosophy with equal openness. The syllabus thus reflected not only Indian philosophy of both, the Vedic and Śramana traditions, but also the Continental and Analytic traditions of the world. Since then, it has expanded its activities to provide foundation and diploma courses in disciplines like Yoga, Jainology, Vallabha Vedanta, Buddhist Studies, Indian Aesthetics and Communal Harmony, thus disseminating interest in the cultural and philosophical foundations of the epistemic, linguistic, metaphysical and creative heritage of humanity.

The discipline of Philosophy, which is both ancient and contemporary, is indispensable in current academia. Nevertheless, its practical import is apparent in all walks of life, such as national policy decisions, corporate management, media, law, ecology, gender, science, technology; in cultures and traditions that we inherit and also in those that influence us. None of these can function without sound and critical philosophical foundations.

Being holistic in nature, Philosophy is necessarily interdisciplinary in its outlook. To encourage this, the Department conducts workshops like the ‘Basic Concepts in Philosophy’ in the month of June/July for those who are from across disciplines and are interested in knowing more about philosophy. These are also intended to guide those attempting the Entrance exams for the MA programmes. Some workshops are specifically designed to help students in giving various exams like PET/NET/SET/UPSC and is an ongoing attempt by the faculty to enable students achieve their career requirements.

The Department offers a variety of Certificate/Diploma Courses in Indian Philosophy initiated primarily due to the efforts of Dr. Shubhada Joshi. Donations from private funders such as the Jaina Academy U.K. and the Bhagirathi Trust in India have helped the Department to set up Chairs under the Jaina Academy Educational and Research Center (JAERC) and the Vallabha Vedanta Academy (VVA) dedicated to the Philosophy of Jainism and Vaishnavism, respectively. Since 2014, the Center for Buddhist Studies in the Department of Philosophy (under the UGC tenth plan scheme), conducts International Conferences, Courses and Workshops in Buddhism.

The certificate and diploma courses run by the department thus are partly sustained by donations and partly function as self-supporting courses. Many of our post-graduate students avail of these courses and many of the students from these courses also avail of our post-graduate programme as continuation of their interest in Philosophy, thus creating an interactive and inter disciplinary
framework within the discipline of Philosophy itself.

Contact: Department of Philosophy, First Floor Jnaneshwar Bhavan, Vidyanagari Campus,Santacruz (East) Kalina, Mumbai 400098;
Tel: 022-26527337; 26543367;
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  • Computer Lab: 15 Computers ; 11 Printers
  • Equipments: O.H.P. 03; L.C.D. 02; Laptop 02 
  •  5 AC’s

1. List of Books in the Department Library
2. List of Journals in the Department Library- 1
3. List of Journals in the Department Library – 2


The Department of Philosophy has a good collection of books donated by Professors like Dr. Chubb, Dr. S.S. Antarkar and other distinguished Professors from the Philosophical community. We also have volumes of the Encyclopedia of Philosophy for reference as well as past issues of various Philosophy journals.










Name: Dr.Priya M Vaidya

Designation: Professor & Head ,


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Dr. Antarkar was the first Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy. He retired in 1991. He rejoined as Honorary Professor of Jaina Academy Educational and Research Centre in the year 1995 and retired in the year 2004.

Name: Dr. Shubhada Joshi

Designation: Professor (Joined as Lecturer in  July 1991 and retired f on 30th  April 2016 as Professor from the Department of Philosophy.)


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Name: Dr. Kanchana Mahadevan

Designation: Professor  & Head


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Name: Dr. Geeta Ramana

Designation: Professor

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amalik Name Dr. Archana Malik-Goure

Designation: Professor


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kmeenal Name: Dr. Meenal Katarnikar

Designation: Professor (Confirmation Letter Awaited),


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virkara Name: Dr. Sharmila Jayant Virkar

Designation: Associate Professor


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nimbalkar Name: Dr. Namita Nimbalkar

Designation: Professor,


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gagade Name: Dr. Gadade Narayan Shankar

Designation: Assistant Professor


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jitvesh Name: Jivitesh Patil

Designation: Assistant Professor (Temporary)


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Administrative Staff

1. Mr. Sandeep Kolte Sr. Office Administrator/Sr. Typist Clerk

2 Ms. Sharda K. Akiwate Data Entry Operator (Jaina Academy Educational Research Foundation Endowment)

3 Mrs. Shraddha S. Lad Jr Office Administrator/Jr. Typist Clerk (Bhagirathi Trust Endowment)

4 Mr. Arvind Shirgaonkar Sr. Office Assistant Havaldar

5 Mr. Damodar L. Shelar Jr Office Assistant/Peon (Bhagirathi Trust Endowment)

6 Mr. Anil R. Salunke Jr Office Assistant/Peon

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Department of Philosophy

University of Mumbai

Philosophy Alumni (PA)

Since the formation of the Department of Philosophy in the year 1986 a number of students from the post graduate programmes have continued to be associated with the department of philosophy by attending its continuous series of events and special lectures. Some of them continue their learning by enrolling for research programmes like the M.Phil and PhD. It was Dr. S. S. Antarkar the founding member and former Head, Department of Philosophy, who actively encouraged the formation of Jainology Alumni in 1998 and later the Yoga Alumni was formed informally on the same lines in 2003.

The Alumni continues to participate in the activities of the Department such as attending lecture series of Teachers Day, Bombay Philosophical Society, World Philosophy Day, Workshops, Seminars and Conferences out of keen interest. The Alumni has also occasionally sponsored department seminars and conferences as well as improvement of infrastructure. They have also contributed by suggesting resource persons to the Department for talks.

Most of the Alumni are well placed, with many of them having gainful employment in teaching, government and private sectors and achieving success in their own fields.

In the year 2018 -19 the Philosophy Alumni of the department was formally inaugurated on the 25th of August 2018 at 5 pm and some members volunteered to serve on the board of Philosophy Alumni. It was decided that all the informal Alumni groups will register under the Philosophy Alumni for greater unity.

Our Alumni are important stakeholders in the future development of the department of Philosophy and we hope that this platform enables past students to come together and continue to support the growth of the department. The membership of the Philosophy Alumni is open to all students who have passed out from the various post graduate and research programmes as well as the certificate and diploma courses in the Department of Philosophy.

The Philosophy Alumni can be contacted either through our Facebook page on universityofmumbaiphilosophyalumni or through email id

Please do register and submit your feedback online through our website /philosophy to the Department of Philosophy

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We thank the Jainology Past Students’ Association for donation of 3 AC’s for the Seminar room in the Year 2017-18. Special Thanks to the Hon’ Secretory Mr. Chandrakant Bhai.

We are grateful to the Yoga Alumni Association which has donated Rs.  40000 for the International Yoga Day Celebrations held on 21st June 2018.

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 Important Notifications.






Post Graduate Teaching Faculty

Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai

Head of the Department


Name of the Faculty


 1986 – 1991 Dr. S.S. Antarkar

Retd. Professor & Head

April 1991 – April 2005 Dr. Shubhada Joshi

Retd. Professor &Head

2005-2008 Dr. Kanchana Mahadevan

Reader & Head

2008 –   April 2014 Dr. Shubhada Joshi

Retd. Professor &Head

2014 -2017 Dr. Kanchana Mahadevan

Professor & Head

June 2017- onwards Dr. Geeta  Ramana

Professor & Head

Post Graduate Teaching Faculty

Year of Joining

Name of the Faculty


1986 – 1991 Dr. S.S. Antarkar Professor
1986 – 2016 Dr. Shubhada Joshi Professor
1995 till date Dr. Geeta Ramana Professor, since 2013
1995 till date Dr. Kanchana Mahadevan Professor, since 2013
2003 till date Dr. Archana Goure Associate Professor since 2017 (Confirmation Letter Awaited),
2013 till date Dr. Meenal Katarnikar Professor since 2016 (Confirmation Letter Awaited),
2013 till date Dr. Sharmila Virkar Associate Professor,

since 2013

2013 till date Dr. Priya Vaidya Assistant  Professor
2013 till date Dr. Namita Nimbalkar Assistant  Professor
2013 till date Dr. Narayan Gadade Assistant  Professor
Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai

Adjunct / Temporary Faculty

Year Name of the Teachers
2009-2010 Dr. Priyadarshi Jetli Dr. Purnima Dave
2010-2011 Dr. Purnima Dave
2011-2012 Dr. Purnima Dave
2012-2013 Dr. Purnima Dave Dr. S.G. Nigal
2013-2014 Dr. Purnima Dave Dr. S.G. Nigal
2014-2015 Dr. Purnima Dave Dr. S.G. Nigal
2015-2016 Dr. Purnima Dave Dr. S.G. Nigal
2016-2017 Dr. Purnima Dave Dr. S.G. Nigal
2017-2018 Dr. Purnima Dave Dr. S.G. Nigal
Temporary Ad-Hoc Faculty
2014-2015 Dr. Kamini Gogri Dr. Sindu Poudyal
2015-2016 Dr. Ramkhok Raikhan
2016-2017 Dr. Karilemla Ms. Megha Sachdev
2019-2020 Mr. Jivitesh Patil Ms. Rucha Pawar
2020-2021 Mr. Jivitesh Patil Ms. Rucha Pawar
2021-2022 Mr. Jivitesh Patil Ms. Rucha Pawar
2023-2024 Dr. Jivitesh Patil Mr. Abhishek Divecha
     Chair, Honorary Adjunct Faculty
Dr. S.S. Antarkar , Adjunct Faculty Jainology 1995 – 2002
Dr. Meenal  Katarnikar,  Adjunct Faculty Jainology 2004 – 2013
Dr. S.G. Nigal,  Adjunct Faculty Vallabha  Vedanta 2005 –  2015

Extension Activities

1. September 2019 :
Flood Relief worth Rs 25,000/- in the form of clothes stationery and school bags for children from the Dept of Philosophy to affected persons in and around University Campus.

2.April 2020 :
Covid Relief worth Rs One Lakh 50000 (1,50,000) in the form of food grains and hygiene items like soap to part time labourers within campus and security personnel.

Pictures of Covid Relief Distribution