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Mumbai University’s first woman V-C dies

Dr. Bengalee was also a lecturer at St. Xavier Institute of Education till 1984.

The first woman Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University (MU), Dr Mehroo Bengalee, 84, passed away on Wednesday morning after a brief illness. Bengalee served as vice-chancellor of MU from 1986 to 1992.

“I am deeply grieved by the sad demise of Dr.(Miss) Mehroo Bengalee,” said incumbent Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajan Welukar in his condolence message.

Bengalee started her career as a teacher and through her hard work rose to be the Head of the Department of Education at the Mumbai University. She contributed immensely in the field of higher education.

Dr. Bengalee was also a lecturer at St. Xavier Institute of Education till 1984. Between 1984 and 1986 she was appointed as the Head of the Department of Education at the University of Mumbai. She was then appointed as Vice Chancellor of MU from 1986 to 1992 and completed her term.

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More than 20 students worked under her guidance and were awarded M.Phil and Ph.D. Degrees in Education. Dr. Bengalee completed her PhD at the department of Applied Psychology at the University of Mumbai. She held a Post Graduate Degree in Economics, Masters In Education and Ph D in Psychology. She authored the famous book ‘Guidance in Counselling’ which was of immense help to students and all.

Welukar’s message further stated, “An illustrious academic, Dr. Bengalee was the first lady Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai. Her academic acumen, erudite discourse and visionary approach gave the university very focused leadership gave the University very focused leadership. The University will always cherish her fond memories and derive inspiration from her great achievement.”

Bengalee was also a former trustee of the Bombay Parsee Panchayat and a founder member of the national minorities’commission.

First published on: 22-05-2014 at 02:03 IST
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