(Awarded Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri by President of India)
(President, Symbiosis Open Education Society and President (Chancellor), Symbiosis Skills and Professional University)
Dr.S.B. Mujumdar is the Founder and President of Symbiosis- a multi-national, multi-lingual, multidisciplinary educational institution of repute. A distinguished academician and educationist, he is also the Chancellor of Symbiosis International university (SIU), a Deemed University located art Pune. In his Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) in Botany, he stood first class first with distinction in Pune University. He went on to obtain his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Microbiology from Pune University.
The Government of India has conferred on Dr. S.B. Mujumdar ‘Padma Shri’ in 2005 and ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2012 for his outstanding contribution to the field of education. Dr.Mujumdar is also a recipient of many awards/honors viz. the ‘Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar’(2003). FIE Foundation Puraskar (2006), Pune Municipal Corporation’s “Roll of Honor for Life-Time Achievement’ (2006), Punya Bhushan award (2009), 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 Puruskar, Pune Festival Award and many others. Recently, the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth has conferred on him the ‘D.Lit.’ in 2016.
Pro-Chancellor - Symbiosis Skills & Professional University
Dr. Swati Mujumdar completed her MBA, M.S. (USA), and Ph.D. (Skill Development & Vocational Education). She worked for 12 years in top IT companies in the USA before returning to India and joining her father Dr.S.B.Mujumdar, founder & President of, Symbiosis in furthering the cause of education.
Dr. Swati has been doing research for the past many years in the area of skill development and vocational education and developed a unique model of a ‘Skill University’ suitable for our country, which is in line with our Honorable Prime Minister’s mission of Skill India. Because of Dr. Swati’s passion for skill development, Symbiosis, under her leadership, has established two skill development universities namely Symbiosis Skills & Professional University (SSPU) at Pune, Maharashtra and Symbiosis University of Applied Sciences (SUAS) at Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
Vice-Chancellor - Symbiosis Skills and Professional University.
Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma has 36 plus years of Professional Association with R & D organisations like ISRO-Ahmedabad, Bhabha Atomic Research centre- Mumbai and Industrial Experience with Instrumentation Ltd. – Kota, Toshiba-Tokyo-Japan, RIICO Ltd. – Jaipur, RajCOMP(now RISL) – Jaipur along with Skilling and capacity building with NIELIT, Government of India. He has experience of 7 years as the Managing Director, Raj COMP, Government of Rajasthan, 5 years as Director General, NIELIT Government of India and 3 years as Pro Chancellor & Vice-Chancellor of Vijaybhoomi University, Karjat, Mumbai.
Symbiosis was started in 1971, by visionary educationist Dr. Shantaram Balwant Mujumdar as a ‘home away from home’ for foreign students studying in Pune. He was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by His Excellency President of India. Since its inception, Symbiosis has grown into a large education group with schools and colleges spread across 20 campuses. Symbiosis has thousands of students from all across India and 80 countries studying in various on-campus programs.
Symbiosis Open Education Society (SOES) was established to promote vocational, skill-based education, and open & distance learning. SOES has four constituent units under its aegis – Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL), Symbiosis Vocational Junior College, Symbiosis Community College, and Symbiosis Institute of Skill Development. SCDL was established in 1994 with the objective of “Reaching the Unreached”.
Taking the mission of Skill India forward, Symbiosis Open Education Society announced the establishment of Maharashtra’s first Skill Development University called the Symbiosis Skills and Professional University at Kiwale, Pune. The University was enacted through a bill passed by State Legislation on 3rd May 2017.
The ‘State-of-Art’ campus has been constructed on 15 acres of land with specialized laboratories, workshops, and centers of excellence having specialized skill training equipment and machines. The University offers Certificates, Diplomas and Degree programs in high growth sectors such as Automobile, Construction, Mechatronics, Architecture, Retail, Ports & Terminal Management, Beauty & Wellness, Media Management and Film Making etc. with multi entry-exit and credit banking options. The objective of the University is to create ‘industry-ready’ youth who can be gainfully employed upon completion of their courses.
The innovative model of the University provides entry to all, enabling those from both the formal as well as informal systems to acquire education and skills. The model has incorporated the strength and best practices of the vocational and skill development system followed in various countries as well as the characteristics of the Indian ethos and culture.
Partnerships with industry for joint curricula development, skill training, on the job training, joint applied research projects, etc. will be undertaken by the University. Centre of Excellence, labs, simulation software, and training workshops will be created to impart skill and practical training.
The University will also have a Community College and a Vocational & Employment Guidance Cell which will offer career guidance and livelihood oriented short term courses to local farmers, women and school dropouts.
Symbiosis Centre for Online Learning (SCOL) is a constituent unit of Symbiosis Skills & Professional University. The objective of Symbiosis Centre for Online Learning (SCOL) is to reach the unreached by offering affordable higher education to all sections of the society.