Symbiosis Vision & Mission

About Symbiosis

In the words of Prof Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, the founder of Symbiosis, "Symbiosis is an Idea".

'Symbiosis' is a biological term, which means 'living together of different organism for mutual benefit'. Dr. Mujumdar selected this term to name the institution he established for the welfare of foreign students studying in India. This term, he believed, perfectly symbolized the concept of 'mutualinterdependence'. The objective of this distinctive institution was to ensure the promotion of friendship and brotherhood among Indian and foreign students and thereby create global citizens and ambassadors of goodwill of India.

The vision of Symbiosis is to promote international understanding through quality education. Its ethos was inspired by the lofty universal ideals of integration and understanding underlying the concept of Viswa Bharati University of Rabindranath Tagore and Antar Bharati movement of Pujya Sane Guruji. It has developed around its motto of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - the world is one family; its commitment towards forging a symbiotic relationship between foreign and Indian students; and a philosophical approach of blending Eastern wisdom and Western dynamism.

Today, Symbiosis has over 40,000 students from all States of India and over 85 countries across the globe studying in 70 institutions offering programmes in different faculties viz. like Management, Law, Humanities & Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering, Design & Architecture, Media & Communication. The Management, Media, and Law institutes have been consistently ranked amongst the top ten in the country.  Symbiosis International University has been ranked amongst top 50 Universities in India by National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF), Government of India. The University has also been ranked amongst the top 250 Universities in Asia and top 109 in BRICS by QS World University Rankings survey. The University is re-accredited by NAAC with Grade 'A +' and graded as a Category-I University by the University Grants Commission (UGC). SIU is ranked No.1 in the SWACHA Campus Rankings by the Government of India. Symbiosis has campuses spread across Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Noida. Symbiosis provides home away from home for Indian and foreign students.


Symbiosis International University (SIU) enjoys a strong international reputation and provides a globally valued standard of education at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. This reputation helps attract talented teachers and students to the University, further enhancing the quality of our research. Students come from all states of India and from around 85 countries and make significant contributions to the intellectual, social and cultural life of the University. The University has always placed a high value on its postgraduate studies and research. In recent years, this has had an integral place in our academic profile. Our students have access to a world class library and computer facilities. Our aim has been to keep our digital systems up to date, in order to provide the most advanced knowledge acquisition system in the country. Student life is not related to just academics. Our students are encouraged to enjoy the University's fine range of sporting and recreational facilities, and take part in its rich social life. The University also provides residential accommodation and financial assistance in the form of scholarship.

Symbiosis International University is nestled on a beautiful 400 acres campus on the outskirts of the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India. The University's name fittingly captures the quintessence of the relationship with international students; a mutually beneficial bond between Indian and the international student community.  The University has established Technology Business Incubator (TBI), approved by the Government of India. The University also has several research centres like the Centre for Nanoscience and Nano technology, Centre for Medical Image Analysis, Centre for Stem Cell Research, Centre for Behavioural Studies, Centre for Applied AI, Centre for Waste Resource Management, etc. to enhance the research output of the University through an interdisciplinary approach.

In tune with Institutional Social Responsibility, the University has a strong Symbiosis Community Outreach Programme and Extension (SCOPE) Centre with the objective of impacting the community around the University campus.  The activities of this Centre include Healthcare services, Finance & Banking, Computer Literacy, Legal Counsel, Waste Management etc. As a part of service learning, students also work with NGOs on different projects. In line with the SCOPE initiative, Family Doctor Clinics (FDCs) and Mobile Medical Unit(MMU) have been commissioned. They cater to 23 villages around the University Campus. 

The University has recently established the Symbiosis Medical College for Women exclusively for girl students. This is the first Residential Medical College for girls in the State of Maharashtra and will offer free medical education / free ships to 5 top bright girls every year. The 900 bedded Symbiosis University Hospital & Research Centre attached to this medical college provides free treatment and quality healthcare to the neighbouring villages and wadis around the University and the community at large. 

SIU continues to grow… evolving by benchmarking itself against the best in the world. A student centric philosophy leads to innovative initiatives in teaching and learning, student affairs, academic programs and health care. Cutting edge learning technologies, smart classrooms and modern infrastructure positively impact the delivery of world class education. Diversity in the classroom and faculty rooms, service learning projects, internships and value added activities lead to a more holistic development of students.