For an institution that spells passion and dedication, there couldn’t have been a better director than Prof. Anita Patankar. Always brimming with contagious enthusiasm, Prof. Patankar is sure to make anyone feel at home, so much so that her students would prefer calling her Anita Mom, rather than Anita Ma’am.
An educator for close to three decades, she has had a multi hued career in education. She has been involved in teaching, counseling, consultancy and corporate education in addition to the creation of innovative and need based educational programs. Prof.Patankar headed the Department of Marketing at the Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, where she also took care of India’s first institute for liberal arts, the Symbiosis Centre for Liberal Arts and also their Centre for International Initiatives. A founder member of both these initiatives, she has travelled to USA to study the liberal arts model of education at the DePauw University, Greencastle.
Actively associated with the Symbiosis family, she teaches a number of courses in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour in various institutes of Symbiosis, along with a popular course in Advertising and Contemporary Culture. Having completed her M.Com., M.S. (Psychotherapy and Counseling) , PG Diploma in Psychological Counseling and M.A. (Education) , she is now pursuing a PhD from the University of Pune. She has co authored three textbooks in Marketing and Business Administration and has edited several books for Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning.
A self confessed compulsive reader… A wonderful chef who bakes the best brownies in the world… A spirited woman loved and cherished by all. Prof. Anita Patankar is what makes SSLA what it is.