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Programme Overview

Symbiosis Pre University Programme

The Symbiosis Pre University Programme is an educational programme that offers 10th/11th & 12th standard students an opportunity to cut through the confusion associated with choices regarding their 'after 12th' educational programmes.This programme gives participants a college experience, introduces them to the academic programmes, disciplines, and culture of Symbiosis International University and offers professional guidance on career choices, study habits, and college preparation skills. The programme is divided into the 4 categories. The first three categories are compulsory for all students. In the fourth category, students can choose any one of the clusters available

Academic Skill Development (20 hours): Students will learn critical skills of reading, writing, learning, time management and research. This component will be designed and taught by SIS.

Career Counselling / Guidance(20 hours): Workshops and individual sessions will help students learn about academic options, career prospects, aptitudes and abilities, and personal career priorities.

Sports & Wellness (20 hours): The University Sports Board of Symbiosis International University will offer modules on sports, yoga, meditation, fitness & wellness

Academic Module (60 hours) : Introduction to clusters

Students will choose one module from available options: (Each module will include a mix of sessions from the different SIU UG institutes)

  • Law + Economics + Liberal Arts
  • Design + Media + Photography
  • Business +Computer Studies + Engineering
  • Health Sciences + Nursing + Biomedical + Culinary

Modules for the Pre University Programme aim at helping students clearly understand the various educational and career options available to them after the XIIth.

After an intensive workshop on "how to make educational choices and which educational programmes suit me and why", students will attend sessions introducing them to these options.

Sessions will introduce students to careers in engineering, business, economics, design, media, liberal arts, computer science, nursing, biomedical and health, law and photography, etc.

After this introduction, students will then choose a single cluster to focus on. Each 60 hour cluster will focus on 3 educational streams/options and will help students understand the following about each stream:

  • What will I have to do to enter this stream?
  • What does the study of this stream include?
  • What subjects will I study and how will they help me in the future?
  • What are the future career options after choosing this stream?
  • What are the specializations available in this stream?
  • What are the postgraduate options?
  • What kind of jobs are available? In what kind of organisations?
  • What kind of  life style does this career offer?
  • What kind of personality traits/qualities would I need to succeed at this career?
  • What kind of work would I have to do?
  • Will this work suit me? 
  • An exposure to some examples of typical work involved through some visits/meetings with industry experts, etc

Enjoy this eye opener to college life at one of India's finest universities.


Students appeared for 10th, 11th or 12th.


6th May to 27th May, 2018


Check in at Lavale, Pune: 6th May 2018 (In the morning - before 10:00 AM)

Check Out: 27th May 2018 (After Valedictory Lunch)

Admissions on First-Come-First-Served basis

Total Intake - 60

Certificate to be issued only if attendance is a minimum 80%

Symbiosis Summer School Programme

A programme designed to provide students, working professionals, in fact, all adults above the age of 18, an intellectually stimulating environment with like-minded people to explore and learn. Participants can choose only one of the following courses at a given time. This is because each course has been uniquely designed and is for 90 hours each and worth 6 credits.

Course Options

  • Photography
  • Creative Writing
  • Climate Change
  • International Relations
  • Legal Aspects of Business in India
  • Film Making / Film Appreciation
  • Advanced Computing Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Banking & Insurance

From Script to Screen (Film Making)

A. Duration of Course: 90 hours

B. Aim: The course provides an introduction to a subject which has developed into a fast growing area of study in recent years, with cinema and television becoming the focus of more and more literary and artistic work.

C. Objective: The experience of watching the screen seems to be enjoyed so naturally and readily that we do not think of it as something that has had in some way to be learnt. No viewer, before watching a film or a television programme, has to go through the long and weary process each of us has had to suffer in learning to read a book. Indeed where, at a certain stage in our getting used to it, reading seems nothing so much as hard work, watching a movie offers nothing but relaxation. But meaning in film is constructed, and it can be constructed in many different ways, all of which subtly alter the meaning that is conveyed. To learn something of the methods by which a film has been put together is to discover some of the means by which those who made it tried to shape the audience's understanding of it. It is to discover that our responses to what goes on have been organized not only by the events we watch, but to some extent also by the way those events are presented on the screen. The intention of this course is to introduce the student to the range of techniques available to the filmmaker for the transmission of his message, and to analyze the effects achieved by these techniques. A film is difficult to explain because it is easy to understand – Christain Metz

D. Course Content: The course will be divided into the following:

Structure and Meaning

Elements of Visual composition

Elements of Sound Composition

Film Production methods

Documentary and other Non-fiction Filmmaking

History of Cinema

Film Analysis

Study of select Auteurs

Creative Writing

Duration of Course: 90 hours

Course Objective:

To develop in students a creative way of using language
To provide students with creative tools, techniques and skills in order to develop various genres of written art.
To encourage in students the appropriate approach towards developing and maintaining experience- based material that can be used for creative inspiration.
To develop in students the specific skills required for short fiction and poetry / song writing

Course Content:

Through a process of shared experience, interaction, observation, practical exercises, individual and group writing and language experimentation, students will be encouraged to develop complete works of one or more creative genre and put together a creative portfolio.


To expose participants to the range of writing.
To facilitate better reading and comprehensive thinking which are essential tools for better writing.
To touch upon issues of grammar and style
To create a small body of written work comprising poems, short stories and essays

Course Outline:

Building Blocks First Steps Crafting a Paragraph

Discussing and listing elements that go into writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry etc.
Samples of good writing by renowned writers

Homework review
Working with grammar
Discussion, review (pair work)

Homework review
Closer look at writing a paragraph well
Paragraph writing
Discussion, review (pair work)

From Paragraph to Essay Research Writing Commercially

Read a few samples of good essays by renowned writers
Discuss and list essentials of good essay
Write a short essay

Review of homework
Discuss need and methods of research for good writing
Improve previous writing with help of research
Review, pair work

Learning to convert notes into press notes, newspaper articles, web content, e-newsletter, formal report (pair work)

Poetry Workshop Travelogue Workshop Short Story Workshop

Elements of good poetry
Types of poems
Reading and discussing samples
Writing poetry

Elements of an interesting travelogue
Reading and discussing short samples
Writing a short travelogue

Elements of a great short story
Reading and discussing samples
Writing a short story

Editing Workshop
Feedback On Workshops And Project Planning
Project – Write any two of the following – essay, travelogue, short story, poem, memoir.
Submissions And Evaluation
Participant Feedback


Duration of Course: 90 hours

Aim: Photography is a multi-disciplinary skill that calls upon the practitioner to exercise creativity, science and art and for this art form to flourish, it needs to be taught in an environment conducive to success and by a faculty worthy of their repute.

Course outline: The course will be divided into the following
Digital Terminology
Setting Parameters with Digital Camera
Shooting with Basic Modes
Shooting Indoors
Shooting People in Daylight
Macro Photography
Shooting Landscape & Nature
Understanding DSLR & Hand flash
Rules of Composition
Printing Technology
Creative application of Photography
Effective composition of image
Using and understanding light
Shooting portrait

Climate Change

Course objectives:
To develop an understanding of the science of climate change, and explore causes and impacts
To understand the policy and equity issues in the climate change debate
To understand the action perspectives - international, national and local
To explore a range of actions possible to address the climate crisis

Course duration: 90 hours

Course Outline

Science of Climate Change Climate Equity, Development and Sustainable Living Action Perspectives

Climate system: an overview
Environment and Climate Change: differences
Insights from the IPCC
Impacts: global perspective
Impacts in the Indian context: eco-system based human perspective to understand the needs of the vulnerable communities in every ecosystem: Forest, Coastal, Mountainous, Arid, Urban
Issues of Mitigation(emission reduction and sequestration) and Adaptation
Peak Oil and the post industrial stone-age
Climate Skepticism

Equity in climate change: emission scenario, current energy use and growth, access to development
Survival v/s luxury emissions: sustainable living
Approaches to equity and burden sharing: contraction and convergence, GDR framework; polluter's pay principle
Need v/s greed: challenging the consumerism culture
Re-ordering the 'global ecological space' equitably (carbon budget approach)
Linkage between Climate Change and poverty
Climate Change: an opportunity to revisit the current economic growth oriented model of development
Global warming in an unequal world: emphasis on political economy – historical emissions and ecological debt of the developed nations
Intergenerational responsibility
Gender and Climate Change.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and key landmarks in the negotiation process
International climate negotiations: stakes, debates and dilemmas
Climate politics in India: Government's policy perspective, National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and States' Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) and driving forces, India in the context of global imperatives; Climate mitigation, Carbon Trading
Technology, sustainable development and the green economy
Global advocacy initiatives by civil society's key players: environment and development NGOs, international organizations, business communities, academic and research Institutions, networks
Influencing national government agenda on Climate Change

Living with Climate Change Methods and Communication aids envisaged

Urbanisation: Transportation, Construction, Waste and Recreation
Industrialisation: Power sector, mining and fossil fuel exploration, steel, cement and aluminium
New Economics
Global – Local; Urban – Rural linkages
Science and wisdom of local communities: indigenous knowledge and practices Identifying new livelihood options
Sustainable Development through carbon neutral or low carbon pathway
Sustainable agriculture
Water sharing
Renewable and decentralized energy options
Coping and managing increasing health vulnerabilities
Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management: vulnerability assessment and intervention for climate risk reduction
Individual actions: carbon footprint – personal, local, regional
Climate Education and Communication

lectures and interactive presentations with PPTs, video films and group discussions facilitated by different experts; and exposure visits in and around Pune.

Legal Aspects of Business in India

Duration of Course: 90 hours

Course Objectives: To introduce students to:
The legal system of India
The different forms of business associations in India
The laws regulating business transactions and good practices to be followed in business

Course Content

Introduction to Legal Systems and Concepts Types of Business Associations and their Features The Formation and Constitution of Business

Legal Terms and Maxims
Meaning of Law and Justice
System of Law: Civil and Common Law, Procedural and Substantive Law
Sources of Law
Overview of Constitution, Constitutional Governance
Hierarchy of Courts: Supreme Court, High Courts, Business Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Tribunals
Law Making Process

Sole Proprietorship
One person company
Limited liabilities Partnership
Company form of Business
Joint Ventures

Constitution and Business: Fundamentals of business organization
Registration of business association
Documents required to be filed for registration
Consequences of non – registration

Basic Legislations Regulating Business Transactions Capital and Financing of Business Powers and Functions

Formation of a valid contract and essential ingredients
Skill building in negotiations through role play
Performance and discharge of contracts
Corporations and legal personality: Company formation
Negotiable instruments

Share capital
Loan capital
Capital maintenance and dividend law

Governance and management of business
Business collapses and failures due to inefficient governance and lack of ethics – case studies such as Enron and Satyam

Dispute Resolution under Business Transaction Social Responsibility of Business Self-Learning

Role of Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanism and Role of Courts

Corporate social responsibility
Business and human rights through case studies such as Nike
Business and environment – sustainable development through case studies such as coca
Code of conduct for business – Ruggie report

Learning by doing: Mock trials/ Moots
Mock board meetings
Negotiation exercises
Role plays in ADR mechanisms
Field visits

International Relations

Duration of Course: 90 hours

Course Overview:
Foreign policy and international security are two extremely important and intrinsically linked parts of the inter-disciplinary domain of International Relations.
The 'International Relations' Summer School offering will comprise three parts-the first,will focus on foreign policy making and analysis; the second, will explore the multifarious aspects of international security and the third will focus on the role of the media vis-a vis communicating on and for issues related to foreign policy and international security.

Course Outline:

Foreign policy making & analysis International security Foreign policy and international security : the role of the media

Study of foreign policy; policy making processes
Major issues and challenges in contemporary foreign policy-making
Role and influence of state and non-state actors in foreign policy making
India's foreign policy

Current and main trends in international security
Traditional and non-traditional security threats
India's national security: opportunities and challenges

Writing for and about foreign policy
Art of interviewing
Media in conflict situations

Advanced Computing Technology

Course duration: 90 hours

B. Course Content:
Web Design (HTML 5.0) - 10 Hours
Interactive Web Development - 10 Hours
Mobile Application Development - 10 Hours
Glimpses of Digital Marketing and SEO - 10 Hours
Principles of Programming and Logic - 10 Hours
Animation and Game development using Flash - 10 Hours
Introduction to Networking Devices, technology - 10 Hours
Tour of Cloud Services - 10 Hours
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence - 10 Hours


Course duration: 90 hours

Invest 20 days of your life at SSCA this summer, exploring your love for food in our state of the art world class kitchen labs and bakeshop. You’ll learn to cook, bake, and think like professional chefs do. Cooking is easy, provided you know how to play with flavors and bring out the best combinations on the plate. Our expert chef trainers assist you to explore the culinary secrets within you. Cooking is all about hands-on learning during this culinary vacation.
The students will be encouraged to be creative in this Culinary Playground to explore the inner chef.

To develop an understanding amongst the students that “Cooking is an Art” and learn the Art of Cooking
To provide the students with the Basic and Fundamental Cooking Knowledge
To help the Students understand that how the Kitchens Operate
Understand the use of food in the body and its relationship to good health and be able to use nutrition knowledge to appraise one’s food habits
To build a platform for the students from where they can see culinary as a career for themselves

Course Conduct:
All students will work in SSCA Culinary labs alongside the chefs. Practical cooking classes will be conducted in combination of interesting interaction through informative theory lectures.

Course Outline:
Introduction to chef uniform, chef tools, culinary equipment and raw materials
Importance of personal hygiene, and grooming
Importance of sanitation and food safety
Knife Skills and introduction to kitchen tools and equipment
Information, identification and storage of food raw materials
Designing Nutritious Meals for various body types
Preparation of Healthy Breakfast and Meals
Preparations of Appetizers, Starters & Soups in Menu
Salads, Egg and Potato preparations
Main course delicacies- Veg and Non- Veg
Breads, Cakes and Pastries


Course duration: 90 hours

Modules For The Program:

S No Module Details
1 Overview of BFSI Indian Financial System
Introduction to BFSI
Regulatory Framework of BFSI
Career Opportunities in BFSI
2 Retail Banking Basics of Banking
Types of Customers
Retail Liability Products
Retails Asset Products
Allied Services
Banks as distributor
Digital Banking
3 Financial Services Demat Accounts
Mutual Funds
Types of Mutual Funds
4 Insurance Role and importance of Insurance
Life Insurance and General Insurance
Types of Life Insurance Products
General Insurance : Health and Motor Insurance
5 Customer Service and Marketing of Fiancial Services Changing Customer Profile
Customer Service for BFSI
Marketing of Fianancial Services
Distribution Channels
Product Mix

Eligibility: Anyone with the passion to follow their dreams & above 18 years of age.

Certificate Eligibility: Minimum 80% attendance


Duration: 20 days

Date of Commencement: 6th May 2018

Date of Completion: 27th May 2018

Check in at Lavale, Pune: 6th May 2018 (In the morning - before 10:00 AM)

Check Out: 27th May 2018 (After Valedictory Lunch)

Admissions on First-Come-First-Served basis

Total Intake - 15 (Creative Writing), 20 each (All Other Courses)

Certificate to be issued only if attendance is a minimum 80%

Note: Rs. 7000/- extra for culinary arts

Courses will run subject to a minimum of 6 enrollments (per course)