Symbiosis - Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence


Symbiosis Faculty of Media and Communication fosters the highest standard of training and inquiry into the multi-faceted needs of the media and communications industry. Our strong academic programmes are driven by rigour, scholarship and a healthy integration of theory and practice that translate abstract ideas into tangible forms.


Prof. Ruchi Jaggi


Ruchi Kher Jaggi, Phd, is Professor and Director of Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, and Dean of the Faculty of Media and Communication, Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India. She has been working in higher education for two decades now.

Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune

Ruchi Jaggi

Director  Prof. Ruchi Jaggi  

Ruchi Kher Jaggi, Phd, is Professor and Director of Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, and Dean of the Faculty of Media and Communication, Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India. She has been working in higher education for two decades now. Her research interests include media representations, children and media, popular culture analysis, media and children, television studies, journalism studies, media literacy, streaming platforms and emerging discourses of identity on the new media. Her research has been presented at national and international communication conferences and published in peer-reviewed international journals. Ruchi is also a recipient of a research grant on a project on Interactive Documentaries in partnership with Salisbury University, Maryland, USA under USIEF’s U.S.-India 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards from September 2018 to August 2020. She has also been awarded the 'Woman Leadership Award' in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

Ruchi is also the Vice-Chair of the Media Education Research Section of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). She recently completed a global research study on ‘Media, Children and Covid-19’ along with a team of 42 researchers from across 30 countries. She delivered the keynote address at the 'Critical Studies in Television' Conference held at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, United Kingdom in October 2018. She has significant international experience having travelled for academic conferences and projects to different countries besides being the resource person on media studies for many international students who pursue short courses as part of the international student exchange programme at Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune.

Institute Overview

We are the premier pure-play Media & Communication School nurturing and developing future leaders in the

- creative content generation (MMC) and
- managing creative businesses- MBA(CM).

We bridge the traditional and the contemporary; with our feet on the ground and fingers on the pulse. That is why our curriculum has both research and digital tracks built into it.

We have carefully built an ecosystem that allows for contrasting opinions, methods and processes to co-exist and deliver. Co-locating instruction, exploration, process and instinct, we believe, is a good mix for academic progress.

We are also the largest Post graduate institute in the Media and communication space. Each one of our specialization areas is either ranked 1 or 2 as per published rankings.

Symbiosis School of Media & Communication, Bengaluru

Dr N Thilaka

Officiating Director Dr. N. Thilaka 

Dr. N. Thilaka holds a doctorate in Journalism and Mass Communication. She has almost 16 years of academic experience, teaching at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels and actively participating in research in communication and media studies.

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Institute Overview

Symbiosis School of Media & Communication, Bengaluru, SSMC-B, has carved a niche in Media and Communication through its MBA program in Communication Management. It has been deemed as the Centre of Excellence in Advertising & Public Relations.

At SSMC-B, learning is a participative and interactive activity. The Curriculum is contemporary, fluid, dynamic and totally industry driven. The state of the art, expansive, inviting ambience of SSMC-B has all the facilities that a top- notch Media and Communication Professional Institute needs. SSMC-B aims to serve the multi-faceted needs of the Media and Communication industry in particular, and the society in general, through education, training, research and advocacy. It seeks to develop competent, responsible and innovative professionals in the practice, development and management of Media and Communication. The academic program is holistic - involving group discussions, case studies, seminars and workshops, live projects, NGO Internships, besides summer and winter Internships. Equal emphasis is laid upon curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.


Institute Overview

Ranked as India's Best Mass Communication College by the annual surveys conducted by India Today & Nielsen Company in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017. In 2012, it was ranked as India’s Second Best Mass Communication College. Symbiosis Center for Media & Communication (SCMC), has been successful in carving a niche for itself in the field of Media and Communication education since its inception in 2008.

The definition of media has undergone a radical change in recent times. The shift is not merely technological but that of perception of society about media and the awareness of the potential that lies in the active participation in the creation of media. The potential to transform society by challenging and changing the norms constantly, by resorting to the voice that is present within us, to express what is felt and it is this active expression which makes us human.

At SCMC, we cohere ideas together and give it powerful voice and a shape. This crystal ball of consciousness has the ability to not only see but also bring a positive change in the future through its continuous evolution. Armed with the technology and brewing creativity of relentless contemplation, we pride ourselves to be the leader in media education. Thus, striving to transcend the apogee reached by us every step of the way.

Through our programme, Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication), we offer a comprehensive experience through traditional academic learning & research with cyber & experiential learning.

 Dr. Sreeram Gopalkrishnan

Director  Dr. Sreeram Gopalkrishnan

Dr. Sreeram Gopalkrishnan has a PhD in Mass Communications, MS in Communications, MBA from NMIMS and has attended Executive Programmes at the IndianOil Institute of Petroleum Management and Mudra Institute of Communications & Advertising(MICA). He has a UGC NET lectureship in Communications and published research papers in leading peer-reviewed and Scopus indexed research journals.

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Symbiosis School of Visual Arts And Photography, Pune

Dr. Gagan Prakash

Director  Dr. Gagan Prakash

Dr. Gagan Prakash, an academician, and a photographer has a Ph.D. in visual media ethics from Symbiosis International (Deemed) University. He has 10 years of teaching experience in the areas of Photography, Cinematography and Visual Communication. He has also worked as a photojournalist and a documentary film-maker.

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Institute Overview

Photography is likened to a multi-disciplinary skill. One that calls upon the practitioner to exercise creativity, science and art. And for this art form to flourish, it needs to be taught in a conducive environment and by a faculty worthy of their repute.

Hence under the auspices of Symbiosis International (Deemed University), a first-of-its-kind venture has taken shape; the Symbiosis School of Visual Arts And Photography. A venture as unique as it is bold, the Symbiosis School of Visual Arts And Photography was formed with the intent to cultivate talent in this art form and to infuse passion for photography.

The Symbiosis School of Visual Arts And Photography offers its students a 3 year Degree programme Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts and Photography). The course is designed with a holistic approach instead of just technical skills.

Situated at the picturesque Lavle hilltop campus in Pune, overlooking a sensational valley, with a spacious indoor studio equipped with advanced equipment, library and a digital post production lab.

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