Inspired by the ideals of 'Vishwa Bharati' of Gurudev Rabindranath 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. The motto of Symbiosis is 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' and truly for the foreign students at Pune it is a 'Home away from Home'.
Symbiosis today comprises of 43 institutes imparting training in diverse disciplines. It has students who hail from all states of India and 75 different countries. Symbiosis is known to be a Multicultural, Multilingual and Multinational institution. An institution, where academic democracy prevails. Where law is the religion and freedom of thought and expression is the spirit. Where equality is not preached but practiced. Where Innovation, Passion and Compassion is nurtured.
As a distinguished academician and educationist, Dr. S.B. Mujumdar's vision has blossomed into a large educational complex from his caring and concern for international students at Pune. His long illustrious career was recognized by the President of India in the prestigious award :
"Padma Shri" in 2005.
"Padma Bhushan" in 2012
Born in a small town Gadhinglaj, near Pune, he obtained a first class first in M.Sc. (Botany) and a Doctorate in Microbiology. He was the Head of the Department of Botany, Fergusson College, Pune for 20 years. He has written many standard books and published several papers in national and international journals. He was also a member of the Executive Council of the Pune University for 9 years.
Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, the Founder of Symbiosis International University, worked during his lifetime in order to bring social justice, international understanding and scientific approaches to the problem of the society. Higher education has played a crucial role in his life. His innovative ways of on education and proactive programmes for changing economy has made Symbiosis known for its brand of education.
Welcome to India,
Welcome to Pune,
Welcome to Symbiosis,
You are in a country where no one is a foreigner,
Where all human races for ages, are living together.
You are in a country where teacher, mother and father are Gods,
and do you know? Where you, the guest, too, are regarded as the God.
You are in a country where women are worshipped and not merely loved,
where nothing shines like the shyness of a woman.
You are in a country where poverty & nobility live together,
where poor great are more remembered than kings & monarchs.
where sacred stones are costlier and greater, than the costliest diamonds.
You are in a country where right is might,
humility is not weakness, & where knowledge is power.
You are in a country where saints have noble past,
but sinners have nobler future.
Into this country, my international brothers & sisters,
may your stay become happier, and your mind nobler & broader.
Dr. S.B. Mujumdar