Somaiya Vidyavihar was established by Padmabhushan Late Shri K J Somaiya in 1959. An Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and a Visionary, he firmly believed that modern education had to have its roots in strong values. This underlying theme and legacy of Somaiya Vidyavihar was continued and strengthened by the late Dr S K Somaiya.
Somaiya Vidyavihar aims to provide for its students, meaningful and relevant education that emphasizes both the liberal and professional aspects of higher education, steeped in rich Indian Culture and heritage and rooted in universal religious philosophies of the world.
Within this context, Somaiya Vidyavihar provides educational opportunities to all qualified students to discover and disseminate knowledge in order to serve communities around the world. We firmly believe in imparting education that teaches how to live and how to make a living.
As a centre of learning dedicated to education, research and service, Somaiya Vidyavihar combines experiential learning with rigorous scholarship in all our educational programs to produce educated learners who are awake to new, challenging possibilities. We build on our existing strengths, including engineering, biomedical sciences, and professional education, and pursue productive partnerships with other outstanding institutions.
We are committed, foremost to academic excellence and intellectual competence. Freedom of expression and inquiry, exchange of ideas, cultural activities, intensive classroom instruction, and numerous informal events of the Somaiya Vidyavihar community combine to ensure that each student receives a thorough education in tune with the global realities of a rapidly evolving world.
Somaiya Vidyavihar recognizes that education is attained, in part, through the activities of the students themselves. It strives to provide and maintain a corps of scholars, lecturers, and educators dedicated to:
Provide a well-rounded liberal arts education with a concentration in either the science, the humanities, or the professions
Provide service to the communities by increasing their ability to make practical application of knowledge
Develop conceptual thinking ability and nurture the inquiring mind of each student
Encourage optimum physical development and the safeguarding of health
Provide an important engine for research and economic development
Offer an array of master’s and doctoral programs in areas of importance to the social and economic development of the society and the communities
Develop a community of scholars with talent and expertise that will garner regional, national and international recognition
Continue to build a culture of global awareness through internationally focused teaching and learning activities and by cultivating collaborative relationships with international programs, higher education institutions and global communities and yet remain deeply entrenched in Indian cultural values and universal religious and spiritual philosophies
Somaiya Vidyavihar is an institution that is proud of its heritage, global in the reach of its ideas and universal in its service.
The Somaiya Vidyavihar campus comprises 34 individual institutes dedicated to Arts, Sciences, Management, Humanities, Philosophies and Social Sciences as important areas of scholarship, and is spread across a 60 acre complex in Vidyavaihar, in north central area of Mumbai and a 90 acre complex in Sion in the heart of Mumbai. We have over 27000 students and 1700 teaching staff. Majority of our colleges are affiliated to the University of Mumbai.
We also run a few autonomous post graduate courses, vocational training courses and high schools within the campus as well as in rural India.
Somaiya Vidyavihar is presided over by Justice P.N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India. Shri Samir Somaiya, a Cornell University and Harvard alumnus is the President. Both provide invaluable direction to all the educational institutes within the campus.