About Symbiosis

Symbiosis is one of India's leading educational institutions imparting quality education for over 30 years. Symbiosis is a family of 32 academic institutions spread across eight campuses in and around Pune, sister city to Mumbai - India's commercial capital, and is host to over 30,000 Indian and international students on campus.

These campuses epitomize the Symbiosis motto, "Promoting International Understanding through Quality Education" and are a beehive of international students from all across the globe, being privy to Indian culture and hospitality. Many of these campuses are fully residential complete with recreational facilities that include swimming pools, amphitheatres and health care centers. Besides this, Symbiosis has over 80,000 students participating in its distance learning programmes.

Dr. S. B. Mujumdar
President & Founder Director

I am delighted to welcome you to the Symbiosis International (Deemed University). The University is part of the larger Symbiosis family, which is built on the core ideal of Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam—the world is one family.
The University stands at the frontiers of global innovation in academics as well as all the other components that make education whole. I invite you to peruse the extensive range of resources and opportunities that we offer to all the members of the University. From classrooms to wellness centres, the amenities are both plenty and first-rate. Most important of all, the teaching and non-teaching staff at the University combine in them the calibre and culture to help students fulfil their higher education goals.
At Symbiosis, we are keenly aware of the enormous responsibility that a higher education institution must bear. Besides imparting knowledge and know-how of the subject of choice, the institution must prepare the student to thrive in the career of his choice and contribute to the good of the global citizenry.
The University makes every effort to live up to its institutional mission of internationalization. A quick tour of our campuses will confirm that our reputation of being an institution of international standing is well-earned. We take great pride in hosting students from eighty-five countries. The vision of internationalization finds expression at the University all the way from pedagogical practices to cultural activities.
I hope that you will take the time to learn more about the University and be inspired to join hands.

Prof. Dr. S B Mujumdar is the Founder and President, Symbiosis, and Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University). A renowned academic and educationalist, he has received civilian honor many times by the Government of India. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2005 and Padma Bhushan in 2012. He was also awarded Punyabhushan in 2009. The complete list of accolades is far too long for these pages, and includes Maharashtra Gaurav Award and the FIE Foundation Award.

He was born on 31 July 1935, in Gadhinglaj, Kolhapur district, Maharashtra. He won a Master’s degree in Botany and a Doctorate in Microbiology. He was the Head of the Department of Botany at the Fergusson College, Pune, for over twenty years. He has authored a number of books and published research papers in botany. He also served on the Executive Council, Senate, and Academic Council of the University of Pune for several years.

Felicitations / Honours received

  • The 'Padma Bhushan' Award.
    At the hands of Hon. President of India, Ms. Pratibhatai Patil. At Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on Thursday, March 22, 2012.
  • The Padmashree Award - 2005.
    At the hands of His Hon. President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
  • Pune Municipal Corporation -Yashwantrao Chavan Puraskar - 1998.
    At the hands of Shri. Ramakrishna Hegde, Former Union Minister for Commerce.
  • Rotary Club, Pune - Service Excellence Recognition Award (SERA)1998
  • Bandhuta Pratishthan Award - Promotion of Brotherhood (1997)
    Social Service to the downtrodden
  • Institute of Marketing & Management - Excellence in Education & Top Management Club Award
    At the hands of Dr. P.C Alexander, Governor of Maharashtra
  • Rotary Club of Pune Award- Promotion of International Understanding
  • Pune Municipal Corporation - Outstanding College Teacher Award
    At the hands of Jayantrao Tilak

Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar
Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) & Principal Director, Symbiosis

Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar is the Principal Director of Symbiosis Society, which encompasses the Symbiosis schools, College of Arts & Commerce and institutions under the Symbiosis International University. She is also the Pro Chancellor of Symbiosis International University. A dream of her father, Dr. S. B Mujumdar, Founder and President of Symbiosis of creating 'a home away from home' for international students, Symbiosis today, has transformed itself into a multi-disciplinary, multinational, multi-cultural International University having students not only from all states of India but international students from 85 different countries. The University has institutes under 8 faculties viz. Management, Law, Humanities & Social Sciences, Health & Biological Sciences, Computer Studies, Engineering, Media & Communication, Architecture and Design. Management, Media, Law and Computer Science Institutes have been consistently ranked amongst the top ten in the country.

Dr. Vidya holds a Post Graduate Degree in Medicine, a degree in Law and a Ph.D in 'Internationalisation of Higher Education in India’. To promote international understanding through quality education, she has brought in innovative approaches at Symbiosis International University through international collaborations with some of the top Universities in the world.Dr. Vidya holds a Post Graduate Degree in Medicine, a degree in Law and Ph.D. in 'Internationalisation of Higher Education in India’. She has been instrumental in bringing in innovative approaches to promote internationalisation. Her foresight and leadership have been instrumental in creating strategic collaborations with universities across the globe. Sharing her father’s desire for capacity building by imparting education for international students, she strives to create a “home away from home” by creating a conducive environment for international students.

Dr. Vidya has been able to influence policy regulations for promoting and bringing in innovative approaches to higher education in India through her appointments on various governmental bodies. She has been a member of University Grants Commission (UGC) for two terms, Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She has also been served as a Member on many other organizations such as Independent Director on the Board of RITES Limited under Ministry of Railways, Government of India, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Yeshwantaro Chavan Maharashtra Open University, State Knowledge Advisory Board of Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Sub-Group on Higher & Technical Education and Skill Development of Chief Minister’s Advisory Council, Government of Rajasthan.

She is a Chairperson of the FICCI Committee on Higher Education. Dr. Vidya has been appointed as Member of India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) Trust. IBEF is a Trust set up by Ministry of Commerce & Industries, Government of India, to promote the ‘Brand India’ label in overseas markets and facilitate dissemination of information on Indian products and services. She has elected as Member of the Central Governing Council of Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) set up by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. It is an apex trade body which facilitates service exporters of India.

She is a member on the Board of several organisations like Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, Symbiosis University of Applied Sciences, Indore, Symbiosis Skills and Open University, Pune, Research Committee of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and Public Health Foundation of India.

She is a member of many corporate bodies such as Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Confederation of India Industry (CII), Maratha Chambers of Commerce and Industries (MCCIA) and Not for profit organisations like HK Firodiya Foundation, India International Centre (IIC), Pune International Centre (PIC) & Pune Citizens Police Foundation (PCPF).

Dr. Vidya has presented papers at various National & International Conferences and has numerous research publications to her credit. She has authored books on ‘Internationalization of Higher Education in India’ based on her experiences and research in this field and ‘New Faces New Friends’ based on her experience with international students studying in Pune.

She has been ranked No.14 amongst India’s top 25 Powerful Women by Fame India Magazine. Dr.Vidya’s hard work has won her numerous awards and accolades and she is now focussed on making Symbiosis International University benchmarked amongst one of the best Universities in Asia.

Symbiosis Society

Symbiosis, capturing the spirit of its biological meaning, was formed as an international cultural and educational center in 1971 primarily to promote global understanding between Indian and foreign students through education. Today, the Symbiosis Society proudly runs 32 academic institutions ranging from kindergarten to postgraduate institutes. Thousands of students from over 32 countries pursue studies at Symbiosis Institutes. In Symbiosis, excellence is a passion. A competent, dedicated and devoted Director heads each institute. The managing committee of Symbiosis comprises of eminent academicians, industrialists, bankers and social workers, who with their knowledge and experience guide the activities of this society.

The Symbiosis Family

  • Symbiosis International Cultural Centre (SICC)
  • English Language Teaching Institute Symbiosis (ELTIS)
  • Symbiosis Society’s Law College (SSLC)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM)
  • Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Research in Law & Development (DAIRLD)
  • Symbiosis Society’s College of Arts, Commerce and Computer Science (SACC)
  • Symbiosis Nursery School (SNS)
  • Symbiosis Primary School (SPS)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research (SICSR)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC)
  • Symbiosis Society’s Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum & Memorial (SSAMM)
  • Symbiosis Secondary School (SSS)
  • Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS) (For Defence Personnel & their dependants)
  • Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD)
  • Symbiosis SPA (SS)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM)
  • Symbiosis Centre of Health Care (SCHC)
  • Symbiosis Society’s Vidhyavardhini High School Harali, Dist. Kolhapur
  • Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT)
  • Symbiosis Society’s Kindergarten, Nasik (SKN)
  • Symbiosis School, Nasik (SSN)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Foreign Languages (SIFL)
  • Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning ( SCDL)
  • Symbiosis Society’s Afro Asian Cultural Museum
  • Symbiosis International Educational Centre, Deemed University (SIEC)
  • Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies (Under Graduate) (SCMS-UG)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Geo Informatics (SIG)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Teacher Education (SITE)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM)
  • Symbiosis International School (SIS)
  • Symbiosis Open School (SOS)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS)
  • Symbiosis Centre of Liberal Arts