- Inspired by the ideals of ‘Vishwa Bharati’ of Gurudev Tagore and ‘Antar Bharati’ of Sane Guruji and with a deep desire to help foreign students, an idea of 'Symbiosis' was conceived by Dr. S. B. Mujumdar in the year 1971, who was the then Head of Department of Biology at Fergusson College, Pune. He started ‘Symbiosis International Cultural Centre’ and conducted various activities for Indian and foreign students. ‘Symbiosis’ provided them opportunities to study together, work together, perform together and also enjoy their free time exchanging information about the cultures, values, traditions, festivals, ideas etc. of their respective countries. Over the years he observed that education is the best medium to bring together Indian and foreign students. He established institutes based on need of the society.
- The motto of Symbiosis is 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' . Indeed, the motto is aptly justified in Symbiosis' functioning pattern as it proves to be a ground that nurtures and cares for all students immaterial of their backgrounds.
- In recognition of its academic excellence, the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, has conferred on Symbiosis the 'Deemed University' status, in 2002.
- Today, Symbiosis has campuses at Pune, Nashik and Kolhapur in Maharashtra and campuses outside Maharashtra at NOIDA, Bangalore and Hyderabad.