Prof. (Ms.) Farrukh S. Waris is the vice-principal and head of the department of history at the Burhani College. She did her M.Phil (History) from A.M.U. Aligarh in 1976. She is a member of the Mumbai chapter of Taleem-e-Niswan, an organisation committed to encouraging education amongst underprivileged Muslim women. She is also the secretary of Idrak, an organisation of educated Muslims committed to creating socio-political awareness among the Muslims at large. She is also a pioneer-member of Muslims for Secular Democracy, Mumbai, and a founder-member of the study circle Parivartan – A Need for Change that aims to educate students on socio-political issues, independent thinking and accepting social and national commitments. Dr. Waris has presented papers at several seminars and workshops and is a member of the Indian History Congress and also of the Indian History Association. She has also initiated a Women’s Development Cell (W.D.C.) to create gender sensitisation, economic empowerment and fight all kinds of marginalisation.