Transforming India 2030:
Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals

15-17th February, 2017
Pune, India


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FOHSS), SIU,

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FOHSS) at SIU, encompasses the schools of, economics (Symbiosis School of Economics (SSE) - 2008), liberal arts (Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (SSLA) - 2011), international studies (Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS) - 2013), culinary arts (Symbiosis School of Culinary Arts (SSCA) - 2016) and language (English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS) - 1972). Committed to offering and creating a number of programmes and courses under its ambit, the faculty works towards realising the broad vision and mission of the University, through its academic activities – it touches upon socially relevant and pertinent issues, creating a class of social leaders and citizens, sensitised to the varied needs of an ever evolving society. Over its short span of eight years, the FOHSS has organised several national and international conferences:

  • Symbiosis School of Economics (SSE) organised its first National Conference in 2011 on ‘Urban Policy and Planning: A Case Perspective of Pune’.
  • Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS) has hosted three International Relations Conferences:
    1. ‘In 2013, ‘India and Development Partnerships in Asia and Africa: Towards a New Paradigm’, in association with Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
    2. 'India's Look East- Act East Policy: A Bridge to the Asian Neighbourhood' was organised in 2014 with the support of the Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
    3. In 2015, the third International Relations Conference ‘Link West: India and the Gulf’ was the third International Relations Conference was organised.
  • English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS) organised, “Communication Plus: Empowering Language Learners through Effective Listening and Active Vocabulary” in 2016.
  • Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (SSLA) hosted the ‘Future of Liberal Arts and Science Education’ in 2016.

Leadership at Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr. Jyoti Chandiramani Director, Symsiosis School of Economics Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Prof Jyoti Chandiramani has over 30 years of experience in Teaching, Institution Building, Administration, and Research. Presently, she teaches – International Trade Policy, International Organization and Regional Cooperation and Urban Economic Development at the Masters level. She has conducted more than 50 Management Development Programs for corporates, such as WIPRO, AZTEC, HP, Intel, Godrej, Zensar Technologies, WNS, Cognizant, EXL, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Continum Solutions, Dr. Reddy’s etc. Prof Jyoti has been a founder core member of the Symbiosis Centre for Liberal Arts.

In 2007, she was awarded a short-term scholarship at the University of DePauw, Indianapolis – to study Liberal Arts Education. In 2013, she was a part of the Indian delegation to Pakistan for the Tenth South Asian Economic Students Meet (SAESM) at Lahore University of Management Sciences, and in 2015, she has been conferred with the iCongo instituted Gold Karmaveer Chakra and Rex Karmaveer Global Fellowship in Delhi, for her contributions to the field of education. Recently, she was invited to the 5th ASEM Rectors’ Conference and as a Mentor for the Students’ Forum (ARC5, organized by Charles University in Prague and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) at Prague.

Prof Jyoti Chandiramani research interest lies in the urban economic development and international economic cooperation. She has steered and focussed the activities at the Symbiosis School of Economics in this direction. To this effect, a course on Urban Economic Development has been introduced in the Masters Programme since 2014 (Specialisation: Development Studies). Besides writing a couple of textbooks, she has jointly edited a book with Ramanath Jha on ‘Perspectives in Urban Development: Issues in Infrastructure, Planning, and Governance.’ Her areas of research interest in urban include Urban Infrastructure, Urban Transport, Urban Poverty and is presently working on Pune centric cases. Besides she keenly studies and follows trends in International Development Cooperation –from the MDGs to the SDGs.

Mr. Shirish Sahasrabudhe Director, ELTIS

Mr. Shirish Sahasrabudhe has been shouldering the responsibility as the Director of ELTIS-SIFIL, since September 2006.

With a rich industrial and commercial experience and wide exposure to print media, today he is putting in a lot of efforts to give ELTIS-SIFIL a corporate recognition. He has been a visiting faculty at various media schools under University of Pune and also at SIMC for over 10 years. With a flair for writing, he has to his credit 4 independent books and 7 translations. He has travelled widely in India and abroad. He is a past student of SIBM.


Prof. Anita Patankar Director, Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts

For an institution that spells passion and dedication, there couldn’t have been a better director than Prof. Anita Patankar. Always brimming with contagious enthusiasm, Prof. Patankar is sure to make anyone feel at home. An educator for three decades, she has had a multi hued career in education. She has been involved in teaching, counseling, consultancy and corporate education in addition to the creation of innovative and need based educational programs. Prof.Patankar headed the Department of Marketing at the Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, where she also took care of India’s first institute for liberal arts, the Symbiosis Centre for Liberal Arts and also their Centre for International Initiatives. A founder member of both these initiatives, she has travelled to USA to study the liberal arts model of education at the DePauw University, Greencastle.

Actively associated with the Symbiosis family, she teaches a number of courses in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour in various institutes of Symbiosis, along with a popular course in Advertising and Contemporary Culture. Having completed her M.Com., M.S. (Psychotherapy and Counseling) , PG Diploma in Psychological Counseling and M.A. (Education) , she is now pursuing a PhD from the University of Pune. She has co authored three textbooks in Marketing and Business Administration and has edited several books for Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning. A self-confessed compulsive reader… A wonderful chef who bakes the best brownies in the world… A spirited woman loved and cherished by all. Prof. Anita Patankar is what makes SSLA what it is.

Ms. Shivali Lawale, Director

Prior to joining the Symbiosis School of International Studies, Ms. Lawale, worked for over more than a decade at the United Nations Educational, Scientific Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Headquarters in Paris, France. She has worked in the capacity of Programme Specialist on two of the UN’s priority programmes in education and international development –Education for All and Education for Sustainable Development. These programmes covered a variety of contemporary issues like peace and conflict, human rights, climate change and gender issues, among others.

She has also taught the post-graduate programme in French studies at the University of Pune. Ms. Lawale has an M.Phil in International Cooperation in Education and Training from the Sorbonne University and an M.A. in International Relations from the prestigious Sciences Po, Paris. She also has an M.A. and M.Phil in French studies from Pondicherry University. She has authored articles on education and sustainable development that have been published in international journals and publications and has presented papers at prestigious international conferences like the biennial International Conference on Education and Development, UK, and the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) annual conferences. She is also member of the HDCA, an association that was established in 2004 by Prof. Amartya Sen and Prof. Martha Nussbaum.

Areas of Interest: Indo-French relations, Indo-EU relations

Prof. Atul Gokhale, Director

Prof. Atul A Gokhale is a Chef with 26 years of experience both in India and abroad in the field of teaching, administration, hospitality and service industry Having worked as a top notch Chef in the hotel industry, he specializes in European and Indian cuisine. He graduated from Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Bhubaneswar and is a MBA. He is also a distinguished hospitality educationist. He is a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) and master trainer from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) USA. He has over 16 years’ experience in running Hotel Schools in India and the Gulf countries especially in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. He was instrumental in designing the National Skills Qualification Framework for the Hotel trade in Bahrain. 

He is a Member (MIH) of Institute of Hospitality (IoH, UK) since July 2005 and member faculty of American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, Orlando, USA, since 2006. 

He is a member of Toastmasters International since 2011 and is a certified Competent Communicator and Competent Leader. 

He practices Life Coaching as hobby and conducts free seminars for young professionals and students on developing self-belief in facing the challenges of the world.
As an Entrepreneur he has done project consultancies for hotels and restaurants and owned and operated “Pinch of Salt” a corporate catering & consultancy service firm.