Symbiosis was founded by visionary Dr S B Mujumdar in 1971 as an International Cultural and Educational Center. Symbiosis provides a “home away from home” to a large number of students including foreign students who come to Pune in pursuit of higher education. Dr S.B. Mujumdar was awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by His Excellency President of India. Living up to its name which is a botanical term meaning “living together for mutual benefit”, Symbiosis has grown over the past four decades into a family of 43 academic institutions providing education from Kindergarten to Post Graduation in a wide range of disciplines. Today, Symbiosis is ranked amongst the top education providers in the country and is known in India and abroad for its excellence in education.
Symbiosis Open Education Society (SOES) was established to promote vocational, skill-based education and open & distance learning. SOES has four constituent units under its aegis – Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL), Symbiosis Vocational Junior College, Symbiosis Community College and Symbiosis Institute of Skill Development. SCDL was established in 1994 with the objective of “Reaching the Unreached”.