Symbiosis School of Culinary Arts (SSCA)

Symbiosis School of Culinary Arts (SSCA) is a constituent of Symbiosis International (Deemed University), founded in 1996, and is the first school fully dedicated in offering qualifications in culinary science and arts in the country. SSCA is established with a view to cater to the need of the Food Industry to have specialized culinary professionals.

Indian Food Services market in India (organized and unorganized) is estimated at INR 3,37,500 crore in 2017 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10% over the next 5 years to reach INR 552,000 crore by 2022 (FICCI Report). This projected growth is expected to open up many opportunities for Indian students to pursue career in food service industry. During the last decade, culinary has emerged as a preferred career option in the food service industry.

It takes a well-rounded and planned education to run a food service operation. Along with knowledge of culinary arts, it is also important to know how to manage people, control costs and attract customers in order to succeed in this increasingly competitive industry.

Keeping in view the increasing demand for specialized programme in Culinary Arts, SSCA offers a three- year, full-time B.Sc. programme in Culinary Arts. This B.Sc. (Culinary Arts) degree programme prepares students for a wide range of career options such as Chefs, Chef Managers, food critics, food photographers, entrepreneurs, concept developers for health foods, culinary advisors and Celebrity Chefs.

The programme is highly interactive and practical oriented. Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the Chair Professor of this school and has a team of professional chefs to train youngsters for a skilled and grueling culinary profession. SSCA offers its students the most conducive environment for studying and research. Seminars by celebrity chefs, workshops, summer projects and industry visits are incorporated as part of academics. SSCA also focuses on the personality development of the students and grooms them for future challenges in life.

Symbiosis believes in industry and academia interaction at all stages of student development and as a part of our curricula, the students undergo well planned and monitored internship in collaboration with leading hotel and food industry organisations.

Innovation in culinary field, adaptability, business ethics and social responsibility are emphasized to develop students into becoming leaders as well as responsible citizens.

Vision and Mission

Culinary Arts programme

SIU Vision

  • Promoting international understanding through quality education.

SIU Mission

  • To inculcate the spirit of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family)
  • To contribute towards knowledge generation and dissemination
  • To impart ethical and value-based learning
  • To foster the spirit of national development
  • To cultivate cross-cultural sensitivities
  • To develop global competencies amongst students
  • To nurture creativity and encourage entrepreneurship
  • To enhance employability and contribute to human resource development
  • To promote health and wellness amongst students, staff & community
  • To instil sensitivity towards community and environmental concerns
  • To produce thought-provoking leaders for society


Culinary Labs

SSCA have state of the art and highly sophisticated culinary labs, each dedicated to specific learning by the students. All our kitchen labs and the support areas, spread over 12,000 sq ft area, have been designed specifically like professional kitchens, replete with modern and latest equipment for practical learning.

  • Foundation Kitchen Lab
  • Bakery Lab
  • Chocolate and Confectionery Lab
  • Demo Kitchen Lab
  • Receiving Area and Dry Storage Area
  • Walk-in Cold Room and Deep Freezer
  • Walk Through Corridors and Food Display
  • Training Restaurant
  • Demo Bar/ Coffee Bar

Class Rooms:

SSCA has spacious theory classrooms with LCD projector, facility of collar mikes and a public address system. Ours is a fully Wi-Fi enabled campus.

Library and Reading Room:

Our library houses some of the finest collections of Culinary Books and course specific books, culinary history books, books on Sociology and Anthropology of Gastronomy, Food and Nutrition, food related periodicals, journals, newspapers, hygiene and sanitation training CDs & DVDs, etc.

Audio Visual Room and Conference Hall:

For presentations by corporate representatives during conduct of workshop for placement, or for presentations by faculty and non-teaching staff members we have an Audio Visual Room. For the purpose of conducting meeting/discussions a separate Conference Hall is available.


Cafeteria – The campus houses a cafeteria which serves multi-cuisine food.

Mess - The campus has a mess, which serves vegetarian as well as non- vegetarian breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner.

Hostel – At Present, hostel has triple bed sharing, well furnished rooms with Wi-Fi facility, hot and cold water facilities throughout the day, attached bath and toilets, generator backup, indoor games/recreations rooms with TV, guest rooms, housekeeping and round-the clock security. Because of shortage of accommodation facilities, hostel is allotted on the basis of first-come first-serve basis.

Convenience store – The campus has an in-house convenience store for access to necessities.

Reprography Centre – The campus has a reprography center which helps students with supply of necessary stationery, photocopying and print facilities.

Gymnasium – The campus has a gym set up with all latest equipment. Outdoor sports facility- Outdoor sports facility for playing basketball, volleyball, football and cricket are available within our campus area.

Outdoor sports facility- Outdoor sports facility for playing basketball, volleyball, football

Health Care Centre - We have a health care center on campus with one doctor and medical staff. The students use this facility to undergo their health checkup every year.

ATM - ATM in the campus for the facility of students, faculty and staff.

Café Coffee Day has installed an outlet on the campus, which serves coffee and, snacks to students.



Symbiosis School of Culinary Arts offers three years B.Sc. (Culinary Arts) programme as a non- residential course under the aegis of Symbiosis International University. The programme prepares students for the wide and ever growing culinary profession. The programme is highly interactive and practical oriented. Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the Chair Professor of this school and has team of professional chefs to train youngsters for a skilled and grueling culinary profession. Symbiosis believes in industry and academia interaction at all stages of student development and as a part of our curricula, the students undergo well planned and monitored internship in collaboration with leading hotel and food industry organisations.

Orientation and Pedagogy

The study of fact, theory and concept is not sufficient to educate a culinarian. The individual must have the opportunity to see the skills, processes and ingredients in action, and to practice them. Culinary Skills are a great combination of the art and science and these skills can only be learned in practice.

Pedagogy at SSCA, Pune is largely based on this principle and is a mix of many learning methodologies. Apart from the usual chalk-n-talk, there is a conscious effort to make the sessions interactive by using case studies and references of latest developments in the culinary field. The pedagogy at SSCA is designed to incorporate the appropriate practical components to have a thorough grounding in the art and science of culinary preparation.

In addition, students are encouraged to undertake multiple hands-on projects to hone their research and analytical skills. Latest state of the art equipment and techniques are used wherever possible. Ample guest lectures are organized by inviting Specialists Chefs and Leading Celebrity Chefs for classroom inputs and demonstrations. Field visits to relevant areas of culinary skills are also a regular feature. SSCA also offers an opportunity to the students to get a first-hand feel in growing and management of the herb garden and food shows.


An important principle at Symbiosis is commitment to diversity. Students joining our programmes come from all over India. Being a highly skilled niche programme, students who are passionate and keen to make career in culinary filed join this course. The pedagogy has been designed to ensure holistic learning. The differences in opinions, convictions, economic background, gender, colour and nationality brings life to our campus community and fosters tolerance. The professional environment causes intellectual churning and therefore brings out the best in our students.


SSCA degree program is the path to an exciting career in the amazing world of food. We offer a Bachelor’s degree in the culinary arts (B.Sc. – Culinary Arts) that include courses in baking and pastry arts, applied food studies, and culinary science for advanced studies. SSCA is a dynamic and immersive place to study the art and science of food production and presentation. The program is comprehensive and has an excellent balance of theory, practical’s sessions and industry exposure all adding up to 150 credits with hands-on kitchen instructions supervised by expert faculty in state-of-art facilities.

Our culinary graduate program helps you explore the real aspects of a role in an industry kitchen through a classroom setting that is a replica kitchen — your exploratory space! You can develop a strong foundation of foodservice, operations, management skills and knowledge that can directly transfer to day one in the field. Most of your time is spent side-by-side with your peers and our Chef Educators, who offer one-on-one mentoring opportunities as you prepare complete meals and experience each station in our state-of-the-art kitchen setting. Students from diverse academic background, talented and keen on investing in the right education and training for a bright future in the food industry are invited to join SSCA. Here at the SSCA, you will find a supportive workplace and tools to help you achieve professional and personal growth.

With the projected growth of the industry there is a crying need for skilled and trained employees and graduates of culinary arts will find placements in:

  • Starred hotels around the world
  • Stand Alone restaurants
  • Flight Kitchens and Cruise liners
  • Quick Service Restaurants
  • Industrial and institutional Catering

If you are creative, you love food and feeding people interests you; if you are passionate about foods of the world and are keen to explore this domain, SSCA is the place for you to be.


Indian Students

  1. Standard XII (10+2) or equivalent examination passed from any recognized board with minimum 50% marks or equivalent grade (45% marks or equivalent grade for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes).

International Students: (NRI/PIO/Foreign Nationals)

  1. Passed 10 + 2 examinations. Do not have to appear for entrance exam (SET/JEE) in India. International Student’s eligibility as per SCEI norms. Please follow the link –

IB / Cambridge Board (IGC SE) Students

Following eligibility rules will be followed for according equivalent to school level certificate IB/ Cambridge board Student.

IB Board:

The candidate must have been awarded full IB Diploma as a qualification for the entry level. The professional course at the institute and is required to have passed the subjects with minimum score of 24 credits and completion of other mandatory requirements for award of IB Diploma. DP Course Certificate by IB shall not be qualifying for equivalence.

IGCSE Examinations:

A candidate intending to join professional course at the institute must have passed a minimum of 5 subjects including English at minimum of ordinary level (O level) in A, B or C grade. The conversions of IB and IGCSE Examination grades to the score that are suggested on the AIU (Association of Indian Universities) web portal.



Reservation with Sanctioned Intake:

Scheduled Caste: 15%

Scheduled Tribe: 75%

Differently able Students: 3%

Policy of Admission against Vacant Seats under Reserved Category:

In case some seats remain vacant in reserved categories, these will be converted to General category after seeking approval from Vice-Chancellor of Symbiosis International University.

Over And Above Sanctioned Intake:

Kashmiri Migrants: 2 Seats

International Students: (NCI/ Foreign/ PIO) : 15%


For Cambridge, HSC, ISC, CBSE, NIOS, Respective State Boards Curriculum Students

For Students graduating 12th from India (Cambridge, HSC, ISC, CBSE, and Respective State Boards) the applicant is required to undergo the Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET). The SET exam is mandatory to qualify for next stage in admission to SSCA. Please log into for registration. You have to pay Rs.1750/- + GST and any other taxes as SET registration fee.

For IB Curriculum Students

IB students are exempt from appearing for SET in May. They will however appear for a similar test on the day of their PIWAT at SSCA.

The applicant must fill out the 'IB students SSCA online application form'. This includes payment of Rs.1500/- SIU Test Fee and Rs. 1000/- SSCA application fee. SSCA application deadline: 14th April, 2019.

All IB students will be called for the Personal Interaction & Writing Ability Test (PI-WAT) since they do not appear for SET. However, to make up for the SET, they will have to sit for a test on the day of the PI-WAT. This extra test for IB students will test applicants on roughly the same parameters as the SET, i.e. basic mathematics, analytical thinking and English language. This test will be in addition to the personal interaction & writing ability test.

For International Students (Foreign Nationals, NRI, PIO, and OCI):

International Students are exempt from appearing for Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET).

Please visit the Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE) website for admissions details.

Click on the 'Undergraduate Admissions Procedure' tab under the 'Admissions' tab for complete details.

Please note that all international admissions are handled solely by SCIE and not by SSCA. For any information regarding / clarifications regarding the same, please contact SCIE on the email / phone numbers provided on their website.

Important Dates

Details Date
SET and Programme Registration Begins Thursday, January 24, 2019
Last date to apply and pay for SET Sunday, April 21, 2019
SET Admit Card Generation Wednesday, April 24, 2019
SET Test Saturday, May 04, 2019 - General (SET) 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Last date of Online registration and payment for Institute Sunday, May 12, 2019
SET Result Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Announcement of Shortlist for Personal Interaction & Written Ability Friday, May 17, 2019
Group Exercise, Personal Interaction &   WAT Delhi :  Saturday, 25th May 2019
Kolkata : Sunday, 26th May 2019
Pune :  Saturday, 1st June 2019 and Sunday, 2nd June 2019
Announcement of First Merit list Wednesday, 5th June 2019
Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the first merit list Friday, 14th June 2019
Programme Commencement Monday, 1st July 2019


Constituent of Symbiosis International University (SIU)
3rd Floor SIT Bldg, Hill Base Campus,
Symbiosis Knowledge Village, Gram- Lavale, Taluka- Mulshi, Dist- Pune 412115,
Indian Students - Phone : 020-28116330/ 26/ 31, Mobile Numbers: +91 9075040795, 8669667076,
International Students: Phone : 020-25671905,
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