Dr. S. B. Mujumdar

President, Symbiosis Open Education Society

(Awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the President of India)


we must provide skills to our youth to enable our country to reap its benefits. In order to achieve this, our Hon’ble Prime Minister has given us a clarion call “Skill India” and Symbiosis has taken a lead by establishing India’s first residential Skill Development University.
Based on the German model, this University will be a pioneer in the field of Skills education and shall contribute to the socio-economic growth of our nation. I am confident that students seeking gainful employment and opportunities for entrepreneurship, will be immensely benefited.

I welcome you all to Symbiosis Skill Development University and hope that international experience at this unique University, will help you harness your full potential to serve our country through the skills gained at the University.

Dr. S. B. Mujumdar is the Founder and President of Symbiosis – a multi-national, multi-lingual, and multidisciplinary educational institution of repute. A distinguished academician and educationist, he is also the Chancellor of Symbiosis International University (SIU), a Deemed University located at Pune.

In his Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) in Botany, he stood first class first with distinction in Pune University. He went on to obtain his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Microbiology from Pune University.

The Government of India has conferred on Dr. S B Mujumdar Padma Shri in 2005 and Padma Bhushan in 2012 for his outstanding contribution to the field of education. Dr. Mujumdar is also a recipient of many awards/honors viz. the ‘Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar’ (2003), FIE Foundation Puraskar (2006), Pune Municipal Corporation’s ‘Roll of Honor for Life-Time Achievement’ (2006), Punya Bhushan Award (2009), Top Management Club Pune’s “Excellence in Education” Award, the Rotary Club of Pune’s ‘Service Excellence Recognition Award (SERA)’, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, Giant International Life Time Achievement Award, Lion Gaurav Puraskar, Pune Festival Award and many others. Recently, the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth has conferred on him the ‘D. Litt.’ in 2016.

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