Transforming India 2030:
Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals

15-17th February, 2017
Pune, India

ABOUT SIU

Symbiosis International University (SIU)

Symbiosis was established on the principles of Vedic thought of ‘World as One Family’ and is resplendent of the activities and students of several countries. It was given "Deemed to be University" status by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2002. The University is re-accredited by NAAC with Grade 'A' and CGPA of 3.58 on a four point scale in 2015.

The university's name fittingly captures the quintessence of the relationship with international students; a mutually beneficial bond between India and the international student community.

With changes sweeping across India's higher education environment, SIU has established several institutes across the 7 faculties of Law, Management,

Computer Studies, Health & Bio-medical Sciences, Media, Communication & Design, Humanities & Social Sciences and Engineering. The university continues to grow, evolving by benchmarking itself against the best in the world. A student centric philosophy leads to innovation in teaching and learning, student affairs, academic programme and health care

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CHANCELLOR

Prof. Dr. S B Mujumdar


Prof. S.B. Mujumdar is the Founder and President, Symbiosis, and Chancellor, Symbiosis International 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.



PRINCIPAL DIRECTOR, SYMBIOSIS

Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar


Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar is the Principal Director of Symbiosis Society, which encompasses the Symbiosis schools and institutions under the Symbiosis International University. A dream of her father, Dr. S .B Mujumdar 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 from all states of India and international students from 85 different countries. The University has institutes under 7 faculties viz. Management, Law, Humanities & Social Sciences, Health & Biomedical Sciences, Computer Studies, Engineering, Media Communication & Design.

Dr. Vidya holds a Post Graduate Degree in Medicine, a degree in Law and is 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 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), Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She is a member of the Governing Board of several organisations like Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Swarnim Gujarat Sports University, Yeshwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Research Committee of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Public Health Foundation of India and Symbiosis University of Applied Sciences, Indore. She is a Member of the State Knowledge Advisory Board of Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Member of the Task Team of Arts Management Strategy for Karnataka. She is a member of many corporate bodies such as Mahratta Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Confederation of India Industry (CII), and Not for profit organisations like HK Firodiya Foundation, India International Centre (IIC), Pune International Centre (PIC) & Pune Citizens Police Foundation.

Dr. Vidya has been appointed as Director on the Board of RITES Limited under Ministry of Railways, Government of India.

Recently, Dr. Vidya has been appointed as Member of Sub-Group on Higher & Technical Education and Skill Development of Chief Minister’s Advisory Council, Government of Rajasthan.

Dr. Vidya has presented papers at various National & International Conferences and has numerous research publications to her credit. She has authored a book on ‘Internationalization of Higher Education in India’ based on her experiences and research in this field. This book is published by SAGE

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.


VICE CHANCELLOR

Dr. Rajani R.Gupte M.A, M.Phil, Ph.D. (Economics)


​A distinguished academic, Dr. Rajani received her Doctorate degree in Economics from the prestigious Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics, Pune. She has been actively engaged with higher education for over thirty years, both as a professor and researcher. She has taught at many foreign universities as well, including the Oakland University, Michigan US, and Bremen University for Applied Sciences, Germany.

She has been a part of the leadership team at Symbiosis for over two decades. She joined Symbiosis as a founding member of the Symbiosis Institute of International Business in 1992. She was the Director of the Institute between 2004 and 2012. Her headship led the Institute to be established as one of the top-ranking business schools in India. A capable institution-builder, Dr. Gupte has also earlier held the positions of Dean-Faculty of Management, Dean-Academics and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the Symbiosis International University.

As well as being an independent Director on the Boards of several ET 500 companies and a part of the leadership team at Symbiosis she has been frequently invited on committees of important organizations, such as International Trade Panel - Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), World Trade Organization Committee, Govt. of Maharashtra, and Chemtech World Expo. She has also served on committees appointed by the UGC and on working groups on higher education.

Dr. Gupte is one of the ten women selected from across Asia who have attended the ‘Women in University Administration programme’ sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She has been awarded the “Swayamsidha Puraskar 2015” by Lions Club of Pune Elite in 2015, and the ‘Think Pure Award’ by the ‘Think Pure Social Welfare Foundation’ in memory of ‘Late Shri Dajikaka Gadgil’ in 2016 for her outstanding contribution to Education.