The President and Founder Director
Symbiosis was founded to promote world understanding between Indian and foreign students through education. We at Symbiosis believe that the ‘World is One Family’ – “Vasudev Kutumbakamm”. Symbiosis is now a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary educational complex of international repute. One of the basic requirements for success as a leader is to have great expectations. I can assure you that the educational process at SIMS effectively prepares young men and women to stretch their abilities and capabilities as agents of change
Vice Chancellor, SIU
Dr. Rajani Gupte, the Vice Chancellor of Symbiosis International University [SIU] , Pune has done her Ph.D in Economics from the reputed Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics, Pune. She has more than 30 years of rich work experience in teaching and research at various prestigious institutes like Loyala College, Madras, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. She has worked as a Finance Director for about six years for a business organization at Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. She was a Founding member of Symbiosis Institute of Foreign Trade, SIFT in 1992 (now Symbiosis Institute of International Business , SIIB ) and was Director of SIIB from 2004 – 12 . She was instrumental in establishing SIIB as one of the leading B-Schools in India, and in starting innovative niche programs at SIIB in Agribusiness and Energy and Environment. Under her leadership, SIIB was the first Institute under SIU to start a Dual degree program with a German University and several active International collaborations. She has been a visiting faculty at the Oakland University, School of Business Administration Michigan, USA. She has also addressed Business leaders at Bremen University for applied Sciences, Bremen, Germany. She was appointed on the WTO cell set up by Govt. of Maharashtra, Department of Horticulture. She is a member of the International trade panel, CII, Western Region, She was the member of the Advisory Board, Chemtech World Expo 2009 – 2011. She is a UGC nominee on the Advisory Council of Kalasalingam University, Chennai.
She has published a book entitled “International Business Management”. She has participated in several seminars organised by the FIEO, Indo American Chamber of Commerce, Mahratha Chamber of Commerce. CII, and other Industry Associations.
Her areas of specialization are WTO, International Trade Policy, Non- Tariff Barriers, Subsidies etc.
Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar is the Principal Director of Symbiosis Society, which encompasses the Symbiosis schools and institutions under the Symbiosis International University. A dream of her father, Dr. S .B Mujumdar 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 from all states of India and international students from 85 different countries. The University has institutes under 7 faculties viz. Management, Law, Humanities & Social Sciences, Health & Biomedical Sciences, Computer Studies, Engineering, Media Communication & Design.
Dr. Vidya holds a Post Graduate Degree in Medicine, a degree in Law and is a Ph.D. in ‘Internationalisation of Higher Education in India’. To promote international understanding through quality education, she has brought in innovative approaches at Symbiosis International University through international collaborations with some of the top Universities in the world.
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), Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She is a member of the Governing Board of several organisations like Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Swarnim Gujarat Sports University, Yeshwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Research Committee of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Public Health Foundation of India and Symbiosis University of Applied Sciences, Indore. She is a Member of the State Knowledge Advisory Board of Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Member of the Task Team of Arts Management Strategy for Karnataka. She is a member of many corporate bodies such as Mahratta Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Confederation of India Industry (CII), and Not for profit organisations like HK Firodiya Foundation, India International Centre (IIC), Pune International Centre (PIC) & Pune Citizens Police Foundation.
Dr. Vidya has been appointed as Director on the Board of RITES Limited under Ministry of Railways, Government of India. Recently, Dr. Vidya has been appointed as Member of Sub-Group on Higher & Technical Education and Skill Development of Chief Minister’s Advisory Council, Government of Rajasthan. Dr. Vidya has presented papers at various National & International Conferences and has numerous research publications to her credit. She has authored a book on ‘Internationalization of Higher Education in India’ based on her experiences and research in this field. This book is published by SAGE 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.
Brig Rajiv Divekar, is a veteran soldier and an academician. He had a very distinguished career in the Army which included service with the United Nations in Somalia and Lebanon. He was a Faculty at Indian Military Academy, College of Engineering, Defence Services Staff College and Army War College. He has also done the Staff Course at Camberley, UK. He is B. E. Civil (Gold Medalist) and was Head of Faculty ‘Strategic and Operational Studies’ at Army War College and a faculty member in Defence Strategic Studies at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He has done M.Phil. from D. A. V. V. University and M.Sc. from Madras University. He has done his MBA specializing in Human Resource Management. He is recipient of the “Rajiv Gandhi Education Excellence Award”, “RashtriyaVidya Gaurav Gold Medal Award” and “Education Leadership Award”. In the six years of his Directorship, SIMS has been rated as one of the best B- Schools in India.
Brig Rajiv Divekar (Retd) is Director of the SIMS. He was Head of Faculty Strategic and Operational Studies at Army War College, Faculty member in Defence Strategic Studies at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He is a M. Phil from D A V V University and M.Sc. from Madras University. A Gold medalist in BE (civil), he has done his MBA specializing in Human Resource Management. He has rich experience of strategy, planning, logistics and human resource management based on his service with multinational team as United Nations Forces in Somalia and Lebanon.
He has served in Kargil and Leh on the Line of Control where he was responsible for the Logistics and Supply Chain Management of soldiers located on posts at 17000- 22000 feet in the Siachen Glacier.
He is a Paratrooper having done jumps from varied military aircraft. He has done sky diving, para sailing, water skiing, hot air ballooning and rappelling. He won the National Silver medal in 1981 in Coxed Fours Rowing event. He is an expert in construction of military bridges, demolitions, mine warfare, and bunkers and fortifications.
After 34 years of service in the Army, he left voluntarily and joined Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies as Director. SIMS is ranked among the top 25 B Schools in India.
He is a charter Member of the All India Management Association.