People

Principal Director

Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar
Principal Director

Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar is the Principal Director of Symbiosis Society, which encompasses the Symbiosis schools and institutions under the Symbiosis International University. A dream dreamt by her father Dr. S .B Mujumdar 43 years ago 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 under7 faculties namely Management, Law, Humanities & Social Sciences, Health & Biomedical Sciences, IT, Engineering, Media Communication & Design.

Dr. Vidya holds a Post Graduate Degree in Medicine, a degree in Law and has earned PhD in Internationalization 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. She inherits very strong values of passion and foresight from her father and has intense social and ethical concerns which indulges her in many philanthropic enterprises to provide education for the less fortunate.

Dr. Vidya tries to influence policy regulations for promoting and bringing in innovative approaches in higher education in India through her appointments on various governmental committees. She has been a former member of University Grants Commission and Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE). She is a member of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Swarnim Gujarat Sports University, Yeshwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University & many other non-governmental committees & organizations such as Mahratta Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Confederation of India Industry (CII) , HK Firodiya Foundation, India International Centre (IIC), Pune International Centre (PIC) & Pune Citizens Police Foundation. Member of State Knowledge Advisory Board of Higher Education , Government of Andhra Pradesh, Member of the Task Team of Arts Management Strategy for Karnataka.

She has presented papers in various National & International Conferences and has published papers in the area of Internationalization of Higher Education.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.