Transforming India 2030:
Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals

15-17th February, 2017
Pune, India


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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Prof. Dr. S B Mujumdar (M.Sc. Ph.D.)
Distinguished Academician & Educationist

I am delighted to welcome you to the Symbiosis International 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.


Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar

I am delighted to invite you to the official Web site of the Symbiosis International University. It is my wish that this medium will allow you a look into the world of the University. All the big and small successes you will find within the University are anchored in the Symbiosis Society, which was founded forty-three years ago by Padma Bhushan Dr. Mujumdar. At Symbiosis, we take great pride in the custodianship and the trust that the community has reposed in us.

The University stands proud as it weaves together the twin threads of excellence in education and international cooperation. The University’s institutional vision has remained adaptive and resilient, ever engaged with the emerging needs of the higher education community.

If I were asked to identify a common theme in all our endeavours at the University, I would be in no doubt that internationalization it is. At Symbiosis, we prepare our students to be ready to take on any challenge as they mature into members of the international workforce. The industry confirms, year after year, that our students are coveted members of the global labor marketplace. Our students also continue to excel as entrepreneurs and industry leaders in India and abroad. I find myself heartened to note that this excellence is mirrored in our international student community—so many members of which have made a name for themselves as political leaders, diplomats, and entrepreneurs in their home countries.

To us, internationalization is an institutional mission, for sure, but also more—it is the creed embedded all across the University. We are ever so proud to have on our grounds a very large international student population, from over eighty-five countries. This abiding tradition comes from our success in going all the way to make international students feel at home and at one with the mainstream student community.

The University stands at the leading edge of all the innovations that make an institution world-class. It offers the most progressive possibilities in academics and beyond that. The academic orientation is positively rigorous, particularly in the sense of being internationally-competitive. We take every care to ensure that the teaching-learning techniques, pedagogic practices, instructional technology, and academic mentoring incorporate the best practices in student satisfaction and engagement in higher education institutions. We apply the same exacting standards as we offer to our students a wide array of co-curricular and extra-curricular facilities and resources. The images on this medium can only go so far in giving you a sense that these amenities are nothing short of state-of-the-art.

I am confident that, as you peruse the University Web site, you will become more aware of the community-building initiatives at Symbiosis. The activities cover large amplitude: academic excellence, internationalization in education, philanthropy, to name some. However, the tie that binds these efforts together is that they are considered responses to requirements in the field of higher education, and the broader arena in which higher education plays itself out. It is this that explains our reach in matters as wide ranging as international relations, inter-cultural fraternity, civil society, and charity. You will see that none stands on its own, but leans on the other.

The idea of higher education as collective responsibility finds favour with us at the Symbiosis International University. On this note, I hope that you will consider the University favourably as you review your higher education goals.


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

​​​Dr. Rajani Gupte is the Vice Chancellor of the Symbiosis International University. A distinguished academic, she 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.

Dr. Gupte has been awarded for her outstanding contribution to Education by Lokmat National Education Leadership Awards 2015 and the "Swayamsidha Puraskar 2015" by Lions Club of Pune Elite.

For her valuable contribution in the field of Education, Dr. Gupte, has been awarded the ‘Think Pure Award’ by the ‘Think Pure Social Welfare Foundation’ in memory of ‘Late Shri Dajikaka Gadgil’.