Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences


An increase in administrative needs of healthcare providers of our country led to the origination of the field of Health Management. Subsequently, over the years it has evolved into a complex specialty with application in many other areas of healthcare. This “new-age career” of healthcare managers, has different job titles across different organizations, such as health care executive, healthcare administrator, and so on. With India slowly turning into a fast-growing economy and with a big population to cater to, it requires a strong public health framework, and this can be made possible with only well-qualified public health personnel, who can serve as the most important individuals in both private as well as public health systems. Therefore, progressing on this very pursuit of developing and grooming top-class healthcare management professionals of tomorrow, who have in-depth knowledge and expertise suited for today’s time, Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS), comes as a welcome step in the path of educational excellence.

Operating thoroughly on concepts and offering need-based, non-conventional, innovative, and competency-driven academic programs, Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS) ensures that all of its graduates become professionals who can facilitate the delivery of optimum health care services. The 2-year full-time residential MBA in Hospital & Healthcare Management (HHM) program hosted by SIHS, specifically is a big step in the direction of helping guide the gen-z to become professionals who can guide and motivate the healthcare sector, and at the same time, be capable managers who can lead towards a positive change.

A vital part of Symbiosis International, a deemed university and also India’s leading educational haven for over 45 years, SIHS is one among the 45 institutions of Symbiosis International, spread across eight campuses in and around Pune and Mumbai. Also, a hub of recognitions and accolades from various National & International bodies, SIHS is in turn, proving its mettle to be named as one of the most premium institutes for quality education in India, that has truly adapted and applied hybrid & multi-disciplinary education to the fullest.

Generating knowledge and disseminating all-rounded excellence
Providing guidance and assistance to their students to achieve their career goals on a regular basis, the MBA HHM program of SIHS aims at adopting a synergistic blend of academic knowledge and practical intricacies of the field. Creating professionals who are adept at identifying practical problems and by using time-tested and emerging managerial techniques, year after year, students leave the campus of SIHS as confident individuals, ready to take their spot in the world outside. Talking to us about the PGDM Healthcare program and how SIHS stands out as a unique identity, Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar, the Director of SIHS, gave us a clear insight into how today’s management institute has to function and answered all the questions addressed to him, pertaining to today’s time.

“The program is formatted such that apart from the classroom didactic lectures, students spend a substantial amount of their learning time in various healthcare delivery related setups where they get the experience of actual hands-on practical training”, stated – Dr. Yeravdekar, telling us how important learning outside the classroom is during the 2-years of the program. Also, throwing light on how competitive the program is, he added – “Students will be evaluated throughout the two years of the program by periodic tests as well as assignments, while also considering the student’s contribution to classroom discussions, written reports, and other assignments”. Through the conversation, we also learned that students are evaluated by means of continuous ongoing internal evaluations, by the onboard faculty members, who guide them on every decision they make and ensure good mental health throughout.

Home to one of the most capable individuals, heading the parade of SIHS as mentors of the students, innovative teaching methods and sessions that contribute to all-around personality development is an everyday norm at the institute. Regular guest lectures from eminent personalities add to the learning experience during the program, also facilitating the enriched course content, in sync with today’s changing times. All thanks to the impressive industry-academia relationships the mother university boasts about, SIHS benefits from this by helping all its PGDM Healthcare students, get worthy internships, project placements, and placement opportunities. The research and innovation part of the institute is benefited too. “A breakthrough event in the history of Symbiosis International University where MBA (Hospital & Healthcare Management) achieved international placement in the very first year of its inception”, stated – Dr. Yeravdekar, summing up the whole conversation, enunciating how effortless the start was during the first year of the HHM program and how they will continue to only deliver the best.

Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar – Director
A Recipient of the National Merit Scholarship, Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar graduated from the prestigious B. J. Medical College, Pune in 1985, securing top honors in General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology. He completed his Masters in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 1989 & was awarded the Gold Medal by Pune University for his outstanding academic performance. He has completed his Ph.D. from University of Pune and has topped the list of successful candidates of the Maharashtra Public Service Commission and joined the B. J. Medical College & Sassoon General Hospitals, Pune as faculty in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Family Welfare. He was invited by the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman from 1992–1996, where his work was highly appreciated. On completion of this assignment, Dr. Rajiv conceptualized & set up the Symbiosis Centre of Health Care (SCHC), the healthcare unit for the staff & students of the Symbiosis family.