PROF. (DR.) SHANTARAM BALWANT MUJUMDAR
Dr.S.B.Mujumdar is the Founder and President of Symbiosis – a multi-national, multi-lingual and multidisciplinary educational complex of repute. A distinguished academician and educationist, he is also the Chancellor of Symbiosis International (Deemed University).
Dr.Mujumdar was born on 31st July 1935 at Gadhinglaj, a Taluka in Kolhapur District in Maharashtra. He had his school education at Gadhinglaj and college education at Kolhapur and Pune. In his Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) in Botany, he stood first class first with distinction in Pune University. He obtained his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Microbiology from Pune University.
He joined Fergusson College, Pune as Professor and Head of Department in Botany which position he held for 20 years. He was a recognized post graduate teacher and a guide for Ph.D. students. He was a member of the Pune University’s Executive Council, the Senate, Academic Council (for 14 years) and Chairman of the Board of Studies in Botany (for 9 years). He was also I.C.C.R’s Foreign Academic Advisor in Pune University (for 7 years).
Born in a small town Gadhinglaj, near Pune, he obtained a first class first in M.Sc. (Botany) and a Doctorate in Microbiology. He was the Head of the Department of Botany, Fergusson College, Pune for 20 years. He has written many standard books and published several papers in national and international journals. He was also a member of the Executive Council of the Pune University for 9 years.
He has published over 50 original research articles in several national and international scientific journals. He has authored several books on Life Sciences and has contributed over 200 articles on Science, Education and Youth Development. He has also been the Chairman of the Educational Wing of FICCI in 2005-2006.
Deeply touched by the hardships suffered by the Foreign students - especially Afro Asian students - studying in Pune, he established in 1971 ‘SYMBIOSIS’ with a view to help them and provide them a ‘Home away from Home’. He soon realized that education is the best medium for promoting international understanding. He, therefore, started establishing educational institutions imparting quality instruction in diverse disciplines e.g. Management, Law, IT, Computers, Bio-Medical Science, Engineering, International Business, Geo-Informatics, Media & Communication, Photography etc. Presently, Symbiosis has 46 institutions and about 32000 students from all States of India and 85 foreign counties. The Ministry of HRD, Government of India, conferred upon Symbiosis in 2002 the status of ‘Deemed to be University’. Many of Symbiosis institutions are ranked amongst the top 10 institutions in India and they have a placement record of almost 100%. Realizing the importance of distance education, Symbiosis has established, SCDL - Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning - which conducts a number of on-line courses and has over 2 lakhs of students from India as well as many foreign countries.
All Symbiosis institutions are generally need–based. These are run on and adhere to the best ethical practices. The Faculty is selected purely on merits and without considerations of caste, creed, religion or region. One of the unique institutions established by Symbiosis is SIMS – Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (for Defence Personnel and their dependents) - which provides management education exclusively for children of Defence Personnel. Another innovative institution is the ‘Pune Police Public School’ managed by Symbiosis and which provides education to the children of Police Personnel. Apart from these academic activities, Symbiosis has also established a magnificent Dr.Ambedkar Museum and Memorial which houses the personal belongings and memorabilia of Dr.Ambedkar. It has also established an Afro - Asian Cultural Museum.
Dr.Mujumdar is the recipient of many awards / honors. Tilak Maharashtra Vidhyapeeth has conferred on him ‘D. Litt.’ in 2016. He is recipient of first ‘Dr. APJ Abdul kalam Memorial Award’ in 2016. He has received Punya Bhushan Award (2009), FIE Foundation Puraskar (2006), ‘Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar’ (2003), Top Management Club Pune’s “Excellence in Education” Award, the Rotary club of Pune’s ‘Service Excellence Recognition Award (SERA)’, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, Giant International Life Time Achievement Award, Lion Gaurav Puraskar, Pune Municipal Corporation’s ‘Roll of Honour for Life-Time Achievement’ (2006), Pune Festival Award and many others.
Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar
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 R.Gupte (M.A, M.Phil, Ph.D. (Economics))
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 Awards 2015, 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 in 2016, "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.
Dr. Preetha Menon
Dr. Preetha Menon is heading Symbiosis Centre for Behavioural Studies. Her Ph.D is from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M). She holds an MMS Post Graduate degree from Mumbai University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Marketing from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai.
She has been awarded a scholarship of Half Time Research Assistantship (HTRA) by the HRD Ministry of India for her Ph.D (2009-2015) and is the Asia Pacific Social Media Marketing Finalist – Google Online Marketing Challenge 2014. Her dissertation proposal on ‘The Construction and Efficacy of Exchange Offers: A focused study of corporate initiative and customer action’ was awarded the best proposal at the Yale-Great Lakes Doctoral Symposium.
She has 3.5 years of advertising and marketing experience with clients such as Madura Garments, 3M, and Taj Hotels. She also has over 12 years of academic experience across Christ University, Bengaluru, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai and Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune.
Her teaching interests are Integrated Marketing Communications, Advertising and Sales Promotion, Consumer Insights, Culture & Communication and Marketing Research. Her research interests include pricing of sales promotions, non-monetary sales promotions and persuasive communication. She has published and presented at several international conferences.