In the contemporary scenario, India's interest in the world as well as the world's interest in India is visibly at its highest. Therefore, it becomes imperative that the Indian scholarship on global issues should respond to the opportunities that this presents. To this end, the Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS) endeavours to provide a platform for teaching and research in international relations, with an emphasis on India and its role in global affairs. Set up in consonance with the broader vision of Symbiosis Society, which is "to integrate with the world", SSIS strives to constantly engage in scholarly pursuits in an environment of intellectual fellowship, aimed at the academic enrichment of the entire community.
The discipline of International Studies (IS) positions itself at the cross-roads where the dominant cultural, economic, political and social issues that exercise an influence on the national, regional and international agenda converge. A Master's programme in International Studies encourages students to relate theoretical concepts to specific, relevant world issues and challenges in international affairs today. The holistic nature of courses offered under the M.A. (International Studies) programme provides students with the lens to critically examine, analyze and understand contemporary issues based on a multi-disciplinary approach. The specialization offered under the course on Area Studies fosters scholarship of the region informed by a deeper understanding of an interconnected and interdependent world. The choice of regions offered includes - Europe/North America and Asia. The students are also offered a choice of foreign language as part of Area Studies course (Arabic/ French/ Spanish/ Chinese). Our faculty members are a good blend of prominent academicians, active researchers and practitioners, attesting to the belief that the best pedagogy comes from a mix of theory and praxis. Apart from the teaching vertical, we also run the flagship annual International Relations Conference (IRC) and an online research portal - Indian Review of Global Affairs (IRGA).
Faculty is encouraged to employ a number of methods of instruction. Consistent with the University's quality assurance and enhancement practices, each method is designed to ensure that the students derive maximum benefit from the lectures and seminars, and that they use the self - study time to its full advantage.
Given the diversity of the subject, the programme is taught through a mixed pedagogical approach, combining exposure to both IR theory and praxis. Emphasis is laid on hands-on training in the workings of contemporary diplomacy and international negotiations through simulations, case studies and audio visuals. The courses are designed to nurture critical analysis skills (written and oral), soft skills, intercultural skills and e- competencies in the students to enable them to play professional, constructive or leadership roles at the national, regional and international level.
The pedagogy is by lecture/seminar format, small group work, and simulations as appropriate. For each course, the formal lectures are intended to provide students with – right from an introduction to a particular theme or topic, to making them aware of main issues through a structured summary of the current state of debate on a topic, and to provide them with navigation points through the main literature. The seminar format is intended to provide students with the opportunity to engage in discussion with other students and with the course convenor for a structured discussion of substantive issues.
Students are encouraged to work both independently, and as part of a group. Independent study is vital to develop research skills: for the preparation of essays, book reviews and the final year dissertation. All of this written work is designed to help hone the skills necessary to filter complex arguments and issues to their essential elements, and to express your own critical ideas succinctly, clearly, and in an organised manner. Students are also encouraged to work independently on presentations to develop oral communication skills. This helps to develop the ability to organise and to think quickly about complex issues, and to develop skills necessary for reasoned argumentation. Students are also encouraged to work in groups for simulation projects to develop skills necessary for cooperation in group project work, as well as to develop leadership qualities.
The programme also allows students to manage an online research portal, Indian Review of Global Affairs, which will become a base of mid-to-long range policy- relevant issues and challenges. This will further hone skills and encourage the participation of youth in new age research via the use of new media such as podcasts, photo-essays/ photo- journalism, interviews and video- series.
Candidate should be a Graduate from any statutory university with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC and ST) at the graduation level.Additional note:
a) Candidates appearing for final year examination can also apply, but their admission will be subject to obtaining a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC and ST) in the qualifying examination
b) A candidate who has completed qualifying qualification from any Foreign Board/ University must obtain an equivalence certificate from Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
The following are the reservation rules that shall be followed while admitting Indian students
1. Scheduled Caste : 15%
2. Scheduled Tribe: 7.5%
3. Differently Abled : 3%
4. Kashmiri Migrants: 2 over and above the programme intake.
5. Admissions of all International Students including foreign nationals, PIO & NRI are done through The International Office of Symbiosis International (Deemed University). Kindly refer to www.scie.ac.in
Policy of admission against vacant seats under reserved category
In case some seats remain vacant due to the non-availability of suitable candidates under the category of reservations, then, the information about the vacant seats will be reported to Symbiosis International (Deemed University). With the permission of the Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, the seats will be converted to the general category seats and shortlisted students will be offered these seats.
The Indian candidates shall submit the following documents for grant of eligibility for admission to the programmes offered by the University:
The following two additional documents need to be submitted in conformity with UGC/SIU norms
All admission is provisional and will be confirmed only on submission of all documents, verified and approved by SIU eligibility verification team and notification from Registrar's office.
Please read this Application Guide to entry in 2020 carefully to ensure that you provide the correct documents and information. For any further queries do write in to - firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Admission 2020 Query.
Kindly also note the Admission related contact numbers
Telephone: 020 - 26551231, 26551230; Mobile No.: 09075022773
Office Hours- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.(except on Sundays and Holidays)
PI REGISTRATION IS NOW LIVE.
The Symbiosis School of International Studies uses application deadlines and you need to ensure that your application and all supporting documents (if required), are received by 12 noon Indian Standard Time on the deadline date for your application to be considered. The standard application deadlines for entry in M.A(IS) programme of 2020 are as follows:
Please note that given the Covid-19 crisis we are hosting the admission test via online Personal Interaction (PI) in two phases.
|S.no||SSIS ADMISSION 2020: IMPORTANT DATES|
|1||Programme Registration Begins||March 02 , 2020 – 12 noon|
|2||Last date of Online registration & payment of Registration fees||June 19, 2020 – Friday, 12 noon|
|3||Entrance Test (SNAP)||N.A|
|4||Test Result (SNAP)||N.A|
|5||Announcement for Personal Interaction (PI) – Phase I shortlist||May 27, 2020 – Wednesday, 11 a.m.|
|6||PI -Phase I ( online via Google meet- link to be emailed on registered email id)||May 29–30, 2020 Friday - Saturday|
|7||Announcement of First Merit list – (PI-Phase I)||June 02, 2020 – Thursday, 12 noon|
|8||Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the First Merit list- (PI- Phase I)||June 09 , 2020 – Tuesday, 12 noon|
|9||Announcement of Second Merit List (PI- Phase I)||June 11 , 2020 – Thursday, 12 noon|
|10||Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the Second Merit List (PI-Phase I)||June 18 , 2020 – Thursday, 12 noon|
|11||Announcement for Personal Interaction (PI) – Phase II shortlist||June 22, 2020 – Monday, 12 noon|
|12||PI -Phase II (online via Google meet- link to be emailed on registered email id)||June 26, 27 and 29, 2020 (Friday, Saturday, Monday)|
|13||Announcement of First Merit list – (PI-Phase II)||July 02, 2020 – Thursday, 12 noon|
|14||Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the First Merit list- (PI- Phase II)||July 11 , 2020 – Saturday, 12 noon|
|15||Announcement of Second Merit list- (PI- Phase II)||July 14 , 2020 – Tuesday, 12 noon|
|16||Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the Second Merit list (PI- Phase II)||July 21 , 2020 – Tuesday, 12 noon|
|17||Programme Commencement||Aug 04, 2020– Tuesday|
* The dates mentioned above are tentative and subject to change
"Registrations are now closed for the Academic Year 2020-2022. Admission process for the academic year 2021, will start from March 2021".
Complete details of fees for the MA - International Studies at Symbiosis School of International Studies as applicable for Batch-2020-2022 is as under:
|Student Category||Academic Fee per annum||Admin Fees ( Non-refundable)||Institute Deposit (Refundable)||Total|
|International(USD equivalent to INR)||4,55,000.00||40, 000.00||10,000||5,05,000|
* Hostel and Mess fees are separate
* Academic fees, Hostel fees and mess fees can be increased upto 10% during the period of the programme to cater to any changes, introduction of govt. taxes, as and when applicable.
|Hostel & Mess Fees for Indian and International Students (subject to change in campus/ accommodation type for e.g. single/ twin/ triple/ quadruple sharing/ dormitory))||Amount in INR for Indian Students||USD equivalent to INR for International Students|
|Mess Fees (per annum)||64,500||64,500|
|Hostel Fees( different; subject to sharing) per annum||-||-|
|Particulars||Year 1||Year 2|
|Instalments for Programme fees for M.A.(IS) Indian Students||1st instalment (Amount in INR )||2nd instalment(Amount in INR )||3rd instalment(Amount in INR )||4th instalment(Amount in INR )|
|Academic Fees per annum||1,51,500.00||1,51,500.00||1,51,500.00||1,51,500.00|
|Institute Deposit (refundable)||10,000.00||-||-||-|
|Hostel Deposit( refundable)||15,000.00||-||-||-|
|Hostel Fees (per annum)||48,300.00||48,300.00||**||**|
|Mess Fees (per annum)||32,250.00||32,250.00||**||**|
|Last Date/ Due Date for payment of Instalments*||At the time of Admission||25th Nov 2020||25th July 2021||25th Nov 2021|
*The dates mentioned above are tentative and subject to change
**Hostel and Mess fees for the subsequent year will be communicated before the commencement of the next academic year.
|Particulars||Year 1||Year 2|
|Instalments for Programme fees for M.A.(IS) International Students||1st instalment (Amount in INR )||2nd instalment(Amount in INR )||3nd instalment(Amount in INR )||4rd instalment(Amount in INR )||5th instalment(Amount in INR )|
|Administrative Fees ( non-refundable)#||40,000.00||-||-||-||-|
|Academic Fees per annum||55,000.00||1,52,500.00||2,47,500.00||2,27,500.00||2,27,500.00|
|Institute Deposit (refundable)||10,000.00||-||-||-||-|
|Hostel Deposit( refundable)||-||15,000.00||-||-||-|
|Hostel Fees (per annum)||-||48,300.00||48,300.00||-||-|
|Mess Fees (per annum)||-||32,250.00||32,250.00||-||-|
|Last Date/ Due Date for payment of Instalments*||At the time of Acceptance of Offer Letter||At the time of Reporting to SCIE||25th Nov 2020||25th July 2021||25th Nov 2021|
# 50% concession to be given only to the Foreign National students on Administrative Fees.
*The dates mentioned above are tentative and subject to change
** Hostel and Mess fees for the subsequent year will be communicated before the commencement of the next academic year.
*** Academic Fees can be increased upto 10% during the period of the programme. Govt Taxes will be additional as and when applicable.
As a non – SNAP institute, PI-WAT is the next activity of selection process for the M.A. (International Studies) course offered by Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS). After successful online registration and payment of fee, subject to fulfilment of admission criteria, shortlisted candidates would be notified of the call for PI - WAT via email. They would need to select the preferred slot. They would need to select the preferred slot as mentioned in the communication and follow the instructions provided in the call letter.
** Given the COVID-19 crisis, the entrance test this year will not comprise of WAT but only the PI.
PI will be conducted in two phases – Phase I (for paid registrations till 26th May 2020, 12 noon) & Phase II (for paid registrations till 26th May 2020, 12 noon – till 19th June 2020, 12 noon)
The PI will be conducted online. The link will be shared with candidates prior to the PI depending on the slot booked.
– WAT WILL NOT BE CONDUCTED FOR 2020 ENTRANCE TEST -
The applicant will also need to take a writing test so that she/he can be assessed in terms of writing skills and critical thinking skill - the ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely in writing. The candidate will be asked to think critically about a given statement/topic and write a unified essay discussing why he/she accepts, rejects, or qualifies it. The task does not presuppose specific knowledge of content areas.
Evaluation is based on the degree to which the essay fulfils the three key elements of structure, style and content along the following lines. The essay should address the writing task effectively and insightfully, and where appropriate, provide a well-reasoned solution; be well organized, with a clear overall strategy; be fully developed, with pertinent support for ideas presented; be appropriate in style and tone for the intended reader; and display consistent facility with written English (grammar, syntax, vocabulary, punctuation, and spelling).
Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE) handles all subject matters relating to admissions of International Students to the constituent institutes of Symbiosis International (Deemed University). Categories listed under International Students Admissions are as follows:
A student is eligible to apply as a Foreign National (FN) if he/she holds a foreign passport.
A student is eligible to apply as a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) if he/she has a PIO card and is a citizen of a country other than India.
(At Postgraduate Level)
A student is eligible to apply as a Non Resident Indian (NRI) if he/she has appeared either for the 10+2 examination (equivalent to the Indian 12th) or Graduation outside India. It is mandatory for one of the two qualifying examinations to be given outside India. International students are able to apply online and need only come to India when his/her application is shortlisted for the chosen programme. The application procedure consists of 15 simple steps; it begins with a basic eligibility check of important documents to be submitted and concludes with the final payment confirming admission.
For detailed information and online registration, please visit www.scie.ac.in
The hostel seats at Symbiosis Hostel (VimanNagar - old and new campus), are limited in number and are allotted on first come- first serve basis. There is a strict code of conduct practised at all Symbiosis Hostels. Students wishing to stay in any wing of Symbiosis Hostel, Viman nagar will have to abide by the code of conduct.
Contact details for Hostel related queries:
Col C V Mohan (Retd) , Senior Campus Administrator, SVC, E-mail id: email@example.com
Mr. Samir Pawar, Hostel I/C Accounts SVC, Accounts Assistant, SVC Main campus: Ph. 020-26557162/163/164/165/155 & 020-26551302/03/04 for F wing only, E-mail id: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queries can be raised on phones as under:
020-26557164/162/163/165/155 or 0-8087085044/45
|1||SCHC Emergency no||+91-9552589179 (Viman Nagar Campus)|
|2||SCHC landline no||020- 26551326|
|4||Medical Officer I/C||Dr. Vaishali Kambale, 020-26551327/28|
New Symbiosis Viman Nagar Campus (SVC) Office
|1||New SVC Campus Admin: - Col. G.S. Radkar (Retd.)||020-26551301|
|2||New SVC Campus Supervisor: - Mr. N Pawar||020- 26551302|
|3||Security in Charge: - Mr. S Ukey||020-26551314|
Symbiosis Viman Nagar Campus (SVC) Office
|1||SVC Office Helpline||020 - 64105763
020 - 64003291
|Campus Office, Ground Floor, SID Block|
|2||SVC Security In-charge||020 - 64103292||Gate No 6, SVC|
|3||Dr. Priti Chapale, M.O I/C, SCHC (SVC)||020 - 26632484||9552525654|
SVC Office Helpline
|email@example.com||Col C V Mohan (Retd.), Senior Administrator, SVC,
Contact No.: 020-26557163/162/164
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Vishal M. Dhumal, Office Assistant,
|email@example.com||Ms. Vrushali Kadam & Ms. Nisha Kalal, Warden, B Wing Girls Hostel.
Mobile: 9011879337/ 9665239481
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Ms. Nisha Kalal & Sub Maj Baliram Sawant (Retd), Wardens, C Wing Girls Hostel,
Mobile: 9665239481/ 9890912094
|email@example.com||Mr. Anthony James & Ms. Preksha Akolkar, E Wing Boys Hostel,
Mobile: 9096883291/ 8551841942
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Caretaker: Ms. Varsha Tikkas, G Wing Girls Hostel,
Mobile: 8087085045 Contact No.: 020-26551301
|email@example.com||Mr. Sagar Otari, Network Administrator, (Wi Fi)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Mr. Amol Lambe, Accounts Assistant, SVC|
|email@example.com||Mr. Vinod Bhagade, Office Assistant, SVC|
SSIS is guided by the SIU examination policy and rules in the conduct of examination.
CBCS: Choice Based Credit System.As per the CBCS, grade point will be allotted to each letter grade on a 10 point grade scale with grades denoted by letters O, A+, A, B+, B, C, P, F and AB.
Examination: It is the entire session of assessment carried at SSIS and the university level which includes both continuous and term-end evaluation
Examination Session: It is the time slot assigned for a particular examination. Generally there shall be two sessions per day , however additional sessions might be conducted with prior permission.
Examination Season : The academic year is divided into two examination seasons – October Season and April Season. All examinations held between September to December will be counted as held in October Season. All examinations held between January to June will be counted as held in April Season.
Evaluation: The evaluation includes continuous and term end evaluations. The term end evaluation, summative in nature, is conducted by the University at the end of every term. The continuous evaluation pattern, formative in nature, aims at multi- level assessment and is spread across the term. Passing in a course means securing 40% of absolute marks in each of the heads of Continuous evaluation and Term end examination.
Course Not Granted (CNG): Minimum 75 % attendance is mandatory for a student to be eligible for appearing in the term-end examination of a particular course. If the course attendance is below 75% then the student will not be granted the permission to appear for the examination of the concerned course. If cumulative attendance for all courses of the semester is more than 75% CNG should not be given.
Term not Granted (TNG): Minimum 75% attendance is mandatory for all the students to be eligible to appear for the external examination of all courses of the term . If the aggregate attendance is below 75% then the student will not be granted the permission to appear for the term-end examination.
ATKT ( Allowed to keep Term ) Rules: A student cannot appear for end Semester 3 exams if he/ she has CGPA less than 4.00 up to Semester -1 irrespective of number of backlogs in Semester I. He/she cannot appear for end Semester 4 exams if he/ she has CGPA less than 4.00 up to Semester -2 irrespective of number of backlogs in Semester II.
Validity of terms: The students admitted to all post graduate programmes of the University, will be allowed to keep terms for a period of one year from the date of admission beyond the normal period of the programme, i.e. the students joining a two years programme must complete the programme in three years from the date of admission.
You can download the Examination Department PDF here for more information.
For further details visit SIU website
|Date||Day||On account of|
|1st Jan 2020||Wednesday||New Year Day|
|15th Jan 2020||Wednesday||Makar Sankranti|
|10th Mar 2020||Tuesday||Holi/Dhulivandan|
|25th Mar 2020||Wednesday||Gudi Padwa/Ugadi|
|14th Apr 2020||Tuesday||Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti|
|1st May 2020||Friday||Maharashtra Day|
|25th May 2020||Monday||Ramzan- Id|
|03rd Aug 2020||Monday||Raksha Bandhan|
|15th Aug 2020||Saturday||Independence Day|
|22nd Aug 2020||Saturday||Ganesh Chaturthi|
|01st Sep 2020||Tuesday||Anant Chaturdashi|
|02nd Oct 2020||Friday||Mahatma Ghandhi Jayanti|
|12th Nov 2020 to
16th Nov 2020
|Thursday to Monday||Diwali|
|25th Dec 2020||Friday||Christmas|
|Rebublic Day and Holidays that fall on Sunday have not been mentioned in the list|