Author: Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar

Driving Past Paddy Fields on a Sunday

An early morning drive through Mulshi near Pune, this weekend, allowed me to see the lush green paddy fields, once again. The sheer greenery around was mesmerizing, and soothing at the same time. Though we have driven through this area many times in the past, it never loses its charm on me or my family. Perhaps …

Congratulations for making it through a tough examination like NEET and getting admission to SMCW!

Dear Students, Greetings from Symbiosis International (Deemed University). Let me first congratulate you for making it through a tough examination like NEET and getting admission to SMCW. You have joined a prestigious University which is ranked amongst the top 50 Universities in India as ranked by the Govt. of India. SMCW has been established as a …

Maharashtra Diwas

The first day in the month of May holds special significance for the state of Maharashtra as the existing state was formed on this day about 60 years ago when it was divided from Bombay in 1960. To commemorate this day, the people of Maharashtra celebrate 1 May as the Maharashtra Day or Maharashtra Diwas, which …

Speech by Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar at FICCI HE Summit 2021

Hon’ble Minister for Education Shri. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ Ji, Dr. Mashelkar Sir, Mr. Uday Shankar, Secretary-General FICCI Mr. Dilip Chenoy, my Co-chairs Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh and Dr. Sekar Vishwanathan, Dr. Ranjan Saxena,  ladies, and Gentleman. More than 3000 academia and Industry and Civil Society. On behalf of FICCI, Higher Education Committee, I welcome you to the …

Talented Tapsee

It was indeed a different day for our medico students. Tapsee Pannu was shooting for her new film at Symbiosis University Hospital and I requested her to address our students at the Symbiosis Medical College for Women. Apart from the usual interaction about her films, the Question & Answer session was fantastic. As she answered her …

Rigour, Relevance and Resilience

These three aspects have undoubtedly been the pillars in the functioning of the institutes of Symbiosis. Symbiosis institutes were established at a time when it was relevant to impart an education that focused on relevance. Stepping beyond the didactic practices, Symbiosis has always emphasized the need to research and innovate so that education becomes practical and …

We Can if We Choose To

My dear friend Lt. Gen(Dr.) Madhuri Kanitkar addressed the first batch of girl students at the Symbiosis Medical College for Women. It is needless to say that even before she addressed the girls, they were captivated by the ‘lady in uniform’. Having been in service for 38 years, she has accomplished so much as she has …

Excitement and anticipation at Induction at SMCW!

I feel sheer pride and utter joy as we induct the first batch of 150 women, into the first batch of medical graduates at the Symbiosis Medical College for Women! Reminiscing about my first day as a medical graduate at BJ Medical College Pune, still brings back the butterflies to my stomach and I can empathize …