Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar
Founder Director SCEI, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Principal Director Symbiosis
Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar is the Pro Chancellor of Symbiosis International University. She is also 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, Founder and President of Symbiosis 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 Biological 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 member on the Board of several organisations like Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Yeshwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, Symbiosis University of Applied Sciences, Indore, Symbiosis Skills and Open University, Pune, State Knowledge Advisory Board of Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Sub-Group on Higher & Technical Education and Skill Development of Chief Minister’s Advisory Council, Government of Rajasthan, Task Team of Arts Management Strategy for Karnataka, Research Committee of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and Public Health Foundation of India
She is a member of many corporate bodies such as 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 (PCPF).
Dr. Vidya has been appointed as a Independent Director on the Board of RITES Limited under Ministry of Railways, Government of India.
Dr. Vidya has been appointed as Chairperson of the FICCI Committee on Higher education in 2018.
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.
Dr. Rajani R.Gupte
Vice Chancellor, Symbiosis International University
Dr. Rajani Gupte, the Vice Chancellor of Symbiosis International University [ SIU], Pune, completed her doctorate in Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics, Pune. She has more than 30 years of experience in teaching and research at prestigious institutes including Loyala College, Madras and her alma mater the Gokhale Institute. After six years of corporate work experience as a Finance Director, she joined Symbiosis. She was a founding member of Symbiosis Institute of Foreign Trade 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 MBA programs in Agribusiness as well as Energy and Environment. Under her leadership, SIIB built several active international collaborations for student and faculty exchange and created a successful credit exchange program with a German University.
Dr. Gupte also served as Dean - Faculty of Management, Dean - Academics and later Pro - Vice Chancellor at Symbiosis International University. 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, Germany. Appointed on the WTO Cell set up by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Maharashtra, she was also a member of the International Trade Panel, CII, Western Region. She was the member of the Advisory Board, Chemtech World Expo from 2009 to 2011. She has been a UGC nominee on various committees.
Dr. Rajani R.Gupte
Dr. R Raman
Director, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management
Dr. R Raman has a blend of corporate and academic experience. He started his career with Godrej and Boyce and then ventured into the area of consultancy with - The Leading Edge Consulting Services. His Passion for academics led him into teaching assignment at Vellore Institute of Technology. Carleton University's Sprott School of Business, Canada gave him the platform for global exposure in teaching Information Technology while he was handling the teaching assignment with Kohinoor Business School along with the consulting assignment as an Information Technology Architect with the Kohinoor group of companies for the various verticals including Real Estate, Hotels, Hospitals, Education and Power Generation. He also taught at S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research Mumbai.
Dr. Raman is a Computer Science and Engineering graduate from Madras University, he completed his MBA in Information Systems from the same University. He furthered his education by completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Software Marketing, M.Phil (Management) and Ph.D in Information Technology Enabled Services Strategy. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt Certified by RABQSA (Registrar Accreditation Board Quality Society of Australasia). He is also an Accredited Management Teacher, (a prestigious national recognition conferred by AIMA) and Green IT certified by ISEB.
His teaching and research area include Management Information Systems, Six Sigma for Business, IT Infrastructure Management, Market Research, IT Project Management, Management of Information Technology Enabled Services and Green IT. He has published his research finding in several refereed journals and also has presented several papers in Indian and International conferences.
“Dilip Thosar is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and IIM Ahmedabad. He worked at multinational companies, small/medium size companies and his own company (as a serial entrepreneur), all in the IT sector, over three decades. After a five year-stint with Academics at the MBA level, He built up the Pune business to award-winning levels for Taxiforsure, a cab-aggregator startup later acquired by Olacabs. His passion and experience-base with start-ups (especially the scaling type) led him to take up the challenge of bringing up start-ups to successful maturity at SCEI.