Dr. S. B. Mujumdar is a distinguished Academician and Educationist. He is the Founder & President of Symbiosis – a multi – lingual, multi – national and multi – disciplinary educational complex of international repute. He is the Chancellor of Symbiosis International University. In appreciation of his long illustrious career, the President of India awarded the prestigious ' Padma Shri' to Dr. S. B. Mujumdar in 2005. The Vice President of India also awarded Dr. S. B. Mujumdar 'Punyabhushan' award in the year 2009. He is also recipient of prestigious 'FIE Foundation Award' and 'Maharashtra Gaurav Award'. Dr. Mujumdar was also the Chairman of the education wing of the prestigious federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FICCI) (2005-06).
Born on 31st July 1935 in a small town Gadhinglaj in Kolhapur District (Maharashtra), Dr. Mujumdar completed his higher education at Kolhapur and Pune. He obtained a first class first in M. Sc. (Botany) and a Doctorate in Microbiology. He was the Head of the Department of Botany, Fergusson College, Pune for 20 years. He has written many books and published several papers in national and international journals. He was also a member of the Executive Council of the Pune University for 14 years.
Dr. Mujumdar has succeeded in converting Symbiosis into an International University and has set up a Vishwa Grama (Global Village) on the University campus – where foreign and Indian students are living together in hostels, learning together in classrooms, playing together on sports field and eating together in cafeterias.