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Symbiosis believes in ' Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam - The World is One Family'. Dr.S.B.Mujumdar, Founder Director of Symbiosis & Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, decided to erect a memorial and museum of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar, a great Son of India who does not belong to a single caste or creed. Dr. S.B. Mujumdar feels that we are really fortunate to have almost all personal belongings of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. Every artifact is touched and used by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar that is why we are really proud to have such personal belongings with us.

Dr. Maisaheb Ambedkar wife of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar has generously donated to the museum many of his personal belongings his memorabilia including the urn containing his sacred ashes, the coveted Bharat-Ratna award together with the citation.


How it all Started

Dr. Maisaheb Ambedkar generously donated many of his personal belongings

Dr. Maisaheb Ambedkar wife of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar has generously donated to the museum many of his personal belongings his memorabilia including the urn containing his sacred ashes, the coveted Bharat-Ratna award together with the citation.

Way back in 1985 a full load truck of these personal belongings of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar were send by Dr. Maisaheb Ambedkar from Delhi to Symbiosis Society in Pune on 23rd January 1985. All these artifacts were received by Mr. Yashwantrao Chavan on behalf of Symbiosis.

How was it formed?

foundation stone for this memorial was laid on April 14, 1990
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The foundation stone for this memorial was laid on April 14, 1990 - in the year of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar's birth-centenary by the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Hon. Mr. Sharad Pawar. The Govt. of Maharashtra has granted to Symbiosis about two acres of land to construct this Museum and Memorial on the Senapati Bapat Road. Symbiosis has spent a sum of sixty lakhs to construct the grand Museum & Memorial.

Architecture of Museum

Buddhist tradition of architecture
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Mr.Dhananjay Datar, a Pune-based architect conceptualised it in the classical Buddhist tradition of architecture and in the shape of stupa.

M/s. Raje-Bhate, contractors gave it a concrete shape. The rocky and barren hilly tract surrounding this memorial was given a face-lift by a well-laid out garden. The entire surrounding is replete with greenery. The campus has also an open-air theater where cultural programmes are held from time to time.

Inauguration of Museum

Excellency Shri. K.R.Narayanan
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This memorial which is now a prominent land-mark in the city of Pune was inaugurated on 26th November 1996 by the then Vice - President of India Mr.K.R.Narayanan. Mr.Manohar Joshi, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Presided over the function. The Indian Ambassador to Mangolia, the noted Buddhist religious teacher Kushak Bakula and Dr.Maisaheb Ambedkar graced the occasion.