Symbiosis - Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence


The University offers varied and content rich programmes which are industry specific and has multi-disciplinary approach. These programmes are offered through the constituent institutes of the University which are under the aegis of separate discipline. Our primary objective is to build a better future. In keeping with this, the University offers variety of programs under its eight faculties – Graduate, Post Graduate & Research levels.

"The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence" - Rabindranath Tagore

Dr Bhama Venkataramani

Dean, Academics & Administration

Ph.D., M.Com., B.Ed., SET, P.G. Dip. in Financial Services, Dip. in Information Technology
As Dean, Academics and Administration, she contributes to policy framing and monitoring outcomes desired and articulated by the University authorities. Towards this end, she works towards establishing both processes and a collegial work environment that would lead to improvement in the quality of academic delivery at the University.

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Mr.Amitabh Bachan
Professor Emeritus Shri Amitabh Bachchan Faculty of Media and Communication
Chair Professor Master Chef Sanjiv Kapoor Chair Professor in Culinary Arts
Faculty of Health Sciences
Former Ambassador Talmiz Ahmed
Chair Professor Former Ambassador Talmiz Ahmed 'Ram Sathe Chair in International Studies'
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Former Ambassador Dinkar Srivastava
Distinguished Professor Former Ambassador Dinkar Srivastava Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences(FoHSS)
Former Ambassador Gautam Bambawale
Distinguished Professor Former Ambassador Gautam Bambawale Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mr. Pavan Varma
Distinguished Professor Mr. Pavan Varma Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences(FoHSS)
Dr. Arun Jamkar
Distinguished Professor Dr. Arun Jamkar Faculty of Health Sciences(FoHS)
Former Ambassador Vijay Gokhale
Distinguished Professor Former Ambassador
Vijay Gokhale
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences(FoHSS)



The academic calendar maintained through the office of The Registrar provides student academic records, the academic calendar and catalog of courses and degrees offered at the University.

Symbiosis Teaching and Learning Resource Centre (STLRC)

Symbiosis Teaching and Learning Resource Centre

The Symbiosis Teaching Learning Resource Centre i.e. STLRC was established in November 2011, with the aim to help raise the effectiveness and productivity of the Symbiosis faculty in terms of teaching as well as research.

The STLRC is Symbiosis International University’s catalyst to inspire and mentor the faculty in their roles as Teachers, Researchers and more so as 'Educational parents'.

Objectives of STLRC:

STLRC always strives to:

  • Provide support for developing the effectiveness of the faculty in terms of Teaching, Learning, Research and Evaluation.
  • Encourage exchange and sharing of teaching experiences.
  • Encourage Innovative teaching.
  • Encourage and give platform for research and extension activities.
  • Create a cohesive and value-based culture for the faculty.
  • Create and develop a platform for collaboration, in terms of teaching- learning, research and ideas.

Various Activities of STLRC:

  1. Planning and execution of various Faculty Development Programmes under the verticals of Teaching, Learning, Evaluation, Research, and domain specific areas for all the eight faculties of the University.
  2. 3 phase Faculty Development Programme on Andragogy and Research Methodology. This FDP is offered at three levels: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.
  3. MOOC Development Activity: Since December 2018, SIU started various interventions such as completing online courses, face-to-face workshops, and face-to-face meetings to familiarize SIU faculty members about learner-centric MOOCs. This has helped faculty members to submit their MOOC proposals to CEC-UGC.

Symbiosis Teaching and Learning Resource Centre Head STLRC: Dr. Sophia Sandeep Gaikwad

Dr. Sophia has been in the field of Education for the past twelve years.She looks after the STLRC, which takes care of Faculty development, including training and development related to teaching, research, career progression and personal development. Before joining SIU, she was teaching students pursuing Bachelors and Masters in Education. Her Doctoral research is on the theory of Multiple Intelligences. During this tenure, 20 students have completed their Research work as a part of the M.Ed. (Masters’ in education) syllabus under her guidance and have submitted their dissertations to SNDT Women’s University. She has done her Master’s in English Literature as well as Masters in Education and qualified the SET and NET examinations. She has authored two books on 'Teaching Methodology' and also has been a co-author for three other books. Her research papers have been published in SCOPUS indexed journals. Till date 15 students have completed their Seminar paper i.e. Research paper as a requirement of the last semester for the degree in B.A./B.Sc. Liberal Arts, Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts. These papers were under the theme of Inclusion and Creativity. She has designed a 2 credit course on ‘Teaching Methodology’ and teaches the same to the post graduate students of Medical Technology. She is an Approved Ph.D. supervisor of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) under the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; and presently 3 scholars are working with her. She is also an Approved Ph.D. Supervisor with Lincoln University College, Malaysia under the faculty of Education. She has been the Reviewer of chapters of the IGI Global book, Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Action Research and Action Learning; and also is Reviewer and Article Editor for selected articles with SAGE open.

Teaching is her passion and she is extremely interested in research and innovation. She is a firm believer in the power of values, and the role of a teacher in transmitting them.

Faculty Development Programmes


A first of its kind in India, the Symbiosis Summer School (SSS) program is a multidisciplinary curriculum that promotes intercultural opportunities for both students and faculty. Unique in its quality, this residential summer school program offers a learning environment with regional, national and international faculty, within the beautiful Lavale campus in Pune. With expertise in their respective fields, the faculty will deliver course content through innovative teaching methods, which offers students thoughtful inquiry, robust skill development, and insightful discourse.


  • Liberal Arts
  • Dance, Music & Theatre
  • Climate Change
  • Creative Writing
  • Film Making & Photography
  • Art & Design
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Attributes Facilitation and Monitoring Outcome
Scholarship: research, inquiry and lifelong learning Teaching- learning process, curriculum design, updating of curriculum in emerging areas, student centric teaching methodologies, project based learning, case studies, FCP Research output by students, case studies, publishing and presenting papers; desire for further higher education
Global citizenship: ethical, social and professional understanding Projects, internships, field trips, service learning and extension activities, GIP, promoting social sensitivity Interest in volunteering and working for social causes, cross cultural sensitivity, ability to work in cross cultural groups,
Eco-literate: sensitivity towards a sustainable environment Programmes/courses related to environment sustainability, participation in activities related to environment/ecology preservation, environment projects and study tours Environmental sensitivity among students, involvement in NGOs, and commitment toeco-friendly spaces
Employability: equipped with skills, attributes, leadership and entrepreneurial qualities that society needs; being capable of making a contribution to society through earning a living Domain specific expertise, training/internship with industry, enhancement and value added courses. Co-curricular activities. Assessments that include presentations, public speaking and oratory, class leads, team learning and group activities. Excellent placements, Entrepreneurial opportunities, good team work skills, work ethic, understanding of corporate working, successful internships

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