Prof. Anita Patankar is Director of the Symbiosis Centre for International Education, and Founding Director of the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (India's first 4-year liberal arts college) where she now holds the position as Advisor. She has been actively engaged in the Indian higher education space for 39+ years. Since heading India's first 4-year liberal arts degree program for close to 12 years, she has focused on developing competencies for inclusive and innovative learning processes, nurturing a deep acceptance of the long-term benefits of internationalization at home, and a commitment to the creation of 'fair and just' learning ecosystems.

At present she also serves on the board of trustees of ECONET, an NGO dedicated to the welfare of tribal and disadvantaged populations, is on the Indian Members Council of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, is a member of the CII Africa Committee, is a founding member of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities, and is a member of Samvedana, Symbiosis International University's gender advisory committee.

"Welcome to Symbiosis!
The joy and the value of learning often stems from the many people we meet along our learning journey and who then become our partners and companions as we travel along life's many strange but significant paths. The learning curve is usually steeper when you travel outside your country (and your comfort zone) as you learn to adjust to new ways of learning, being and growing. Our team at SCIE welcomes you, and along with our vibrant and happy international student council, are happy to travel along with you on this journey which promises to be everything that life should be: fun, exciting, sometimes scary, but always offering opportunities to become the persons we were meant to be."

Prof. Anita Patankar
Director Symbiosis International University