Principal Director, Symbiosis
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 Padma Bhushan 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 80 different countries. The University has institutes under 7 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.
She has always been a person who “thinks ahead of times” and has been instrumental in starting some innovative schools at the University like the School of Liberal Arts, School of Photography, the School of Planning & Architecture, Institute of Research and Innovation, Teaching and Learning Resource Centre for Faculty and Student Learning support Centre for students.
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 such as University Grants Commission, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management, Swarnim Gujarat Sports 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) , India International Centre (IIC) & Pune International Centre (PIC).
She has presented papers in various National & International Conferences and has published papers in the area of Internationalization of Higher Education as well as in the area of health sciences in some of the most reputed journals. 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. Vidya served with the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman before she returned to India in 1997 to join Symbiosis.
Dr. Vidya is married to Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar and blessed with 2 children Amay and Amruta.