Dr. Sanjeewani Deshpande is one of the founders of Vidyalankar. Along with her husband Prof. Chandrashekhar S. Deshpande, she played a crucial role in nurturing Vidyalankar right from the days of its humble beginnings.
The fact that she attained a Ph.D. in English when she was in her seventies is a testimony to her passion for learning. With an M.A. in English and an M.A. in Public Administration to her credit, she had more than three decades of teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in both the domains of English and Public Administration.
In her role as the Chairperson of the Vidyalankar Dnyanapeeth Trust, Dr. Sanjeewani Deshpande mentored the growth of the Vidyalankar Group and she shared a global vision for its development. She encouraged taking up an unconventional approach towards designing the Vidyalankar campus at Wadala, which has resulted in it winning several awards for its futuristic design. Dr. Sanjeewani Deshpande is fondly remembered for her exceptional interpersonal skills and for kindling the spark of research among many at Vidyalankar.