Pro-Chancellor – Symbiosis Skills & Open University
At the same time, students completing graduation from conventional universities are unable to find jobs due to lack of skills as per industry needs. To bridge this gap the newly established Symbiosis Skills and Open University will offer degree programs as well as short term courses at all levels in high growth sectors.
We have entered into collaborations with top industries in high growth such as retail, logistics, manufacturing, automotive, construction, beauty and wellness etc. The curriculum has been designed by industry partners. We are also providing high end skill training labs & workshops with specialized machinery for hands-on training. Industry partners are setting up retail store, mock bank, finance plaza & automobile training facility for providing real life experience to students. I am confident that this unique skills & open university model & state of the art infrastructure supported by expert faculty will create a world-class experience for students leading to gainful employment & entrepreneurship.
I welcome students to this University.
Wishing you a successful academic tenure at Symbiosis Skills & Open University (SSOU) !
Dr. Swati Mujumdar completed her MBA, M.S. (USA) and PhD. (Skill Development & Vocational Education). She worked for 12 years in top IT companies in USA before returning to India and joining her father Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, Founder & President, Symbiosis in furthering the cause of education.
Dr. Swati has been doing research for past many years in the area of skill development and vocational education and developed a unique model of a ‘Skills University’ suitable for our country, which is in line with our Honourable Prime Minister’s mission of Skill India. Because of Dr. Swati’s passion for skill development, Symbiosis, under her leadership, has established two skill development universities namely Symbiosis Skills & Open University (SSOU) at Pune, Maharashtra and Symbiosis University of Applied Sciences (SUAS) at Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
The Symbiosis Skills Universities are India’s first residential Skill Universities offering skill based courses at all levels from certificate to degree programs in high growth sectors such as Mechatronics, Automobile, Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering & Management), Retail, Banking, Finance & Insurance, Beauty & Wellness, Ports & Terminals management, Logistics etc in line with industry needs. Dr. Swati has partnered with top industries and foreign universities to provide skill training and experiential learning to students pursuing various courses at the University. She is a thought leader in the domain of skill education and its integration with the higher education.
In 2011, Dr. Swati chaired the Vocational Education & Skill Development Committee of Govt. of Maharashtra for defining the State’s Policy in this regard. Dr. Swati has been doing research in establishment of self-finance / private universities. She was also a member of the working group of MHRD and Planning Commission for providing inputs in the area of Vocational Education and Skill Development to GOI for the XII Five year plan. Dr. Swati has been a recipient of several awards and is invited as a key note speaker in national and international forums.