T0001: Symbiosis, Pune

As I started my career as an independent consultant, the very first official visit was obviously to Symbiosis, Pune. I have taken up a position of an Adjunct Faculty here, however my role doesn’t expect me to teach students/offer course/s (at least currently). Instead, I am supposed to steer the design and development of the most awaited Symbiosis MOOCs!

This is going to be exciting, since I can apply my learning over the years of MOOC creation, and share my experience in content production to bring out the best of the faculty members at Symbiosis.

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) ranked 144 In BRICS Ranking and 247 amongst the top 250 universities in Asia by QS World University ranking agencies.

I joined on the 3rd December, and was greeted by the sprawling campus of Symbiosis International University (SIU) at Lavale. To make it better for the administrative purpose, I am attached to a department more closer to my task: Symbiosis Teaching Learning Resource Centre (STLRC). Prof. Sophia who is the Head of this Center arranged a initial meeting where I met Hon. Vice Chancellor of SIU, Dr. Rajani Gupte and the Dean of Academics, Dr. Bhama Venkatramani. We decide on the plan of action to follow for the MOOC creation, and I started off with it.

The 5 days at SIU were packed with many meetings (in person as well as virtual). However, the best part was the stay at the well appointed guest house on the hilltop. The view from the room is just mesmerising, and so is the interior. Each room is unique, since it represents the art and culture of an Indian state. I stayed in ‘Gujarat’ room this time, and as you ca see, the artifacts are exquisite! The staff is welcoming and serves delicious food!

I would be spending third calendar week every month in SIU.
Looking forward for some interesting interaction!

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Made my day!

I come across many responses from the learners of my courses, however many are not seen. This is simply because it is not possible to read each and every comment on the discussion forums of my 8 courses having 30000+ learners! That’s where my team of discussion forum moderators comes in handy.

Just today, when one of my colleague was distilling the responses received, he found one interesting response. Elated, he forwarded me a screenshot of this! I extremely happy to read it! This one is a feedback about my course from a learner in Iran:


“after a week of viewing all the videos, I feel I’m in love with Dr. Sameer Sahasrabudhe, and his beautiful accent and looks :)) thank you all for the course. and I’m really sorry I live in Iran and because of political sanctions, there is actually no way that I can pay the course fee. “

Apart from the nice words, what caught my attention is the pain he mentions of not being able to pay for the certificate, which he would like to have. It is saddening to see that knowledge available at your doorstep cannot be picked up, just because the political situation restricts it! I felt really good for two things: one that we are living in a society, which has no such barriers, and secondly, I am extremely proud to work for IITBombayX, which actually gives out the certification also for FREE.