The Symbiosis Society has been set up under the Bombay Public Trust act, 1950 and over the years it has promoted several educational institutions. During these years, it has provided financial support to needy and meritorious students in pursuing education. However, these efforts have not been done in a systematic, planned and conscious manner. Now, the Society has undertaken a systematic and planned program of philanthropy to achieve its social obligation towards society and has set up a philanthropic arm, called Symbiosis Society Foundation. Symbiosis Society undertakes several programs to promote educational and other social activities that help the talented, as well as needy students, faculty and other members of the community. Symbiosis Society Foundation (SSF) is an integral part of the Symbiosis Society, but has a separate budget and a separate Advisory Committee to focus on educational and social activities and to manage the same. Donations received by the Symbiosis Society for undertaking the above mentioned philanthropic activities or for giving scholarships, awards and prizes are administered by the Symbiosis Society Foundation, so that all these activities are projected to the public in an integrated manner. Apart from the budget provided by the Symbiosis Society, the Society Foundation also generates resources through receiving donations from the well wishers of the Symbiosis Society, its alumni, industry and others.
Symbiosis established an International Cultural Centre in Pune and provided a home away from home for foreign students. Many alumni of Symbiosis are presently occupying prestigious positions in their home countries and they have become cultural ambassadors of India.
Symbiosis established a memorial to Dr Ambedkar and now the B. R. Ambedkar Memorial is a hallowed monument dedicated to one of India's most illustrious sons. It is also a centre of cultural activities open to all the citizens of the city of Pune and outside.
One of the greatest contributions of Symbiosis is establishment of Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), Pune, an exclusive educational centre to offer rehabilitation training to the retiring armed forces personnel. It also has a Post Graduate Management Programme exclusively for the wards of Armed Forces Personnel.
To provide quality education to the children of Police Personnel, Symbiosis developed a partnership with the police administration in the state of Maharashtra and established a school for the wards of police force.
Symbiosis is providing quality education in a rural school in the village Harali in the District of Kolhapur.
Symbiosis established Spa to promote sports and to provide systematic training in sports in addition to cricket. It has also instituted an award, honoring the lifelong achievements of sports personalities.
Symbiosis Centre for Health Care provides quality medical facilities to students and staff at a very low cost. All students and staff are covered under Health Insurance.
Symbiosis International University has established Service Learning Centre for involving students in social and community activities. The Centre will connect campus and community resources to create diverse learning experience for students to serve the needs of the community.
The University strongly believes in sustainability, and energy conservation to secure the world for future generations. To ensure the same, the University via infrastructure, has pro-actively installed adequate power supply backups, bio-gas plants, approximately 160 solar panels, and rainwater harvesting at most campuses.