Rajmata of Baroda Her Highness Shubhanginiraje Gaekwad was born on 24th February 1945 and married to Shrimant Maharaja Ranjitsingh Gaekwad of Baroda, mother of two daughters and a son.She was graduated with Honours in History, English Literature and Economics, from Lucknow University in 1964. She is a senator of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda since 2012.
She has been engaged with social service organizations, specially connected with women welfare and their social and economic empowerment. She was the President of MahilaSahakari Bank (1986-1998) and Co-Chairperson of Family Planning & Social Welfare Committee, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (1999-2001). She is Trustee of Sir Sayajirao Diamond Jubilee & Memorial Trust, President and Trustee of Maharani Shantadevi Hospital (winner of National Award for ‘Child-Friendly Hospital’), Maharani Chimnabai Stree Udyogalaya, President, Maharaja Fatesingh Museum Trust, Bal Bhavan Society Trust, Swar Vilas (an oldest organization in Gujarat for promotion of Hindustani Classical Music) among other appointments.
Rajmata turned her attention to environmental problems in and around Baroda and actively interested in sustainable development of which environment protection and improvement is an integral necessity. She is the President and Chairperson of Greenery Promotion Committee of Society for Clean Environment (SOCLEEN), Member, Worldwide Fund for Nature-India.
She has the privilege of working with teachers and students, which strongly advocates universal and free primary education for basic literacy for adults as well as children, with special emphasis to girl child. She advocates closer and meaningful ties between industry and education, especially in Technology and Research & Development.
She has visited many overseas countries, including USA, Canada, UK, Other European Countries, Middle East Countries and Far East Countries.