Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
Distinguished Academician & Educationist
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.
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 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.
Dr. Rajani Gupte is the Vice Chancellor of the Symbiosis International (Deemed 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 of 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 (Deemed University).
She is an independent Director on the Governing Board of NSDL and Board of L& T Finance Limited, L& T Housing Finance Limited and L& T Finance Holdings Ltd. 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. She has recently been appointed as an External member on the Academic Council of NITTE University.
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 was invited to be a part of a committee of eminent economists formed by NITI Aayog to interact with the Honorable Prime Minister on "Economic Policy: The Road Ahead" in January 2018.
Dr. Gupte has received several awards for her outstanding contribution to Education- The Lokmat National Education Leadership Awards2015, the "Swayamsidha Puraskar 2015" by Lions Club of Pune Elite, the 'Think Pure Award' by the 'Think Pure Social Welfare Foundation' in 2016, For being one of the most influential Vice Chancellors amongst the top 100 Vice Chancellors in India by the World Education Congress award in2016, "The Iconic Leader Award - Creating a better world for all" at the WOMEN ECONOMIC FORUM 2017 and a "Visionary Eduleader of India" for being an institution builder at the hands of Shri Pranab Mukerjee, Former President of India.