Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI)

Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI) was established in 2009 with an objective of achieving high standards of research at SIU that result into quality contribution to the knowledgebase of the disciplines of Law, Management, Computer Studies, Health and Biomedical Sciences, Media, Communication and Design, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering.

SCRI acknowledges that the role of a University is to stay connected with the community by the way of understanding its major issues and problems and to suggest means to resolve them. Universities are expected to make meaningful contributions to the dialogue around the development of policies that impact the society. SCRI is a facilitator to the research journey of the academic fraternity of SIU. The department provides academic and administrative support to the research endeavours of the members of the Faculties and students of SIU. SCRI offers SIU’s Ph.D. Programme, Doctoral Fellowships, Research Funding and support for collaboration and publication to the researchers at SIU. The department is a nodal unit for enabling the research activities of SIU fraternity. Continuous improvement in quality of research at SIU is facilitated by the University’s research collaboration with the organizations such as Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), Larsen and Toubro Ltd., Society for Development Studies, Lupin Research Park, Chest Research Foundation, Serum Institute of India Ltd. and many more. The research capabilities of SIU have been recognised by the industry and Government at several occasions through research funding and empanelment as a vendor for conducting evaluation studies. SCRI is committed to enhance the research horizon for SIU with appropriate strengthening of the depth and quality of research contribution.

Main focus of SCRI

  • To develop institutional research agenda and to formulate policies to reflect a conscious effort for creating a congenial climate that nurtures the quality research culture in the University.
  • To establish the minimum standards for research activities at SIU that leads to good quality contribution to the knowledge.
  • To build research capacity and mentor the researchers to translate their effort into high quality research outcome.
  • To set up a systematic procedure for administration of research programmes.
  • To facilitate the research endeavours of the researchers at SIU.

Dr. Urvashi Rathod

Urvashi Rathod

Professor & Head - Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI)

Dr. Urvashi Rathod is a Professor with the academic and research focus on Software Engineering and Project Management. She is a Doctorate from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. She has been in IT industry for about twenty eight years with an entrepreneurial stint of eight years in Software Development. She has published research papers in high impact factor journals of Elsevier, Emerald and Springer. She has been a recipient of research grants from international organizations like IBM and PMI, USA. She is on Editorial Boards of the journals that are indexed in Scopus. She has been a regular reviewer and Program Committee member of international research conferences of repute and has chaired international research conferences held in India. She has been collaborating with the researchers from the universities in USA and UK. She has given research consultancy to industry. Her leadership and research excellence in the field of software engineering and project management has been recognized by the forums including Society for Reliability Engineering, Quality and Operations Management (SREQOM). Two students have completed their Doctorate under her guidance and other three are pursuing Ph.D. under her. She has been a resource person to Ph.D. programmes to several institutions. Her teaching experience is of 20 years including 4 years in professional programmes and 16 years in Post Graduate programmes. She had been associated with IIM Indore for about five years in the capacity of Academic Fellow. She teaches courses like IT Strategy, Technology Management, Software Engineering, Project Management, Software Estimation and others related to Software Engineering and IT in Business. She has received accolades for teaching and research from the learners and authorities all across her career.

Ph.D. Programme Overview

Symbiosis International University offers a Ph.D. programme under the guidelines prescribed by the University Grants Commission (2009). The programme is offered in the 7 faculties of Law, Management, Computer Studies, Health & Biomedical Sciences, Media, Communication & Design, Humanities & Social Sciences and Engineering.

The University predetermines the number of doctoral students that can be admitted to the programme based on the number of available research guides. The University aims to maintain a high standard in its research, and with this goal in mind, and as per the directives of the Hon'ble Vice Chancellor on recommendation of the Academic Council, the University has followed a specific criteria of selection.

  • The numbers of new enrolment are limited to the vacancy in the respective faculty.
  • Preference is given to full time Ph.D. students and faculty members.
  • If the application for a recognized Ph.D. guide is from outside Pune, approval from the respective institute is mandatory. The respective institute must also be a recognised research centre of the University. The University has developed necessary formats and processes for this purpose.
  • The eligibility criteria for a recognized research guide is 5 years of teaching experience with a minimum of 2 research publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • The University encourages industries/institutes with a proven track record in research to seek recognition as a "Recognized Research Centre" of the University.
  • To build upon research culture, knowledge generation, wealth creation, social mobilization and interdisciplinary approach, the University has made provisions of awarding fellowships/research assistantships.
  • By integrating teaching, research, innovation and applications, and with the help of inter and intra institutional collaborations, Symbiosis aims to build on existing strengths and continue to produce quality publications.
  • SIU has made major headway into the field of research by establishing the Symbiosis Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI) in 2011 with the main objective of promoting high quality research and encouraging the faculty to undertake increasing research activities.

Approved Research Centers

The University offers a Ph.D. programme in its seven faculties of Law, Management, Computer Studies, Health Sciences, Media, Communication & Design, Humanities & Social Sciences and Engineering. 26 research institutions have been recognized by Symbiosis International University for research.

Symbiosis International University has a total of 26 recognised research centres.

These include institutions of national importance like the Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Co-operative Management, Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bengaluru Chest Research Foundation, APT Research Foundation, Centaur Research Centre, Serum Institute of India, Research Foundation, National Aids Research Institute, Centre for Rheumatic Diseases , Medical Research Centre-Kasturba Health Society , Galaxy CARE Laparoscopy Institute, Pune , Larsen & Toubro Management Development Centre, Lonavala.

 Recognised Research Centres List


Yogesh Patil Dr. Yogesh Patil
Dr. Yogesh Patil
Professor & Head – Research Publications

Dr Yogesh Patil, is a Professor and Head - Research Publications at Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation, Symbiosis International University, Pune, India. In addition, Dr Patil is also In-charge of the newly formed centre named Symbiosis Centre for Waste Management and Sustainability (SCWMS). He is also associated with the Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB) in context to MBA (Energy & Environment) Programme. He holds his Master and Doctorate degrees in Environmental Sciences from University of Pune. He has qualified GATE as well as UGC-NET exams. Dr Patil has over 16 years of PG teaching and research experience in the area of Environmental Science, Management & Technology. He has been teaching courses like Industrial and Urban Waste Management; EMS/ISO14000; Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Climate Change, Industrial Ecology to name a few. His research areas of interest include low-cost integrated environmental pollution control technologies & models/strategies for industrial sector, Bioremediation, Industrial Ecology and Climate Change. He has published over 40 research papers and chapters in national and international journals of repute and has received more than 325 citations to his research papers; presented over 45 papers in various conferences and one patent to his credit. He has successfully completed several research and consultancy projects funded by UGC, World Bank and International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden & Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The Netherlands. He has been recipient of several honours and fellowship awards like Department of Science and Technology (1993) (DST) & Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Fellowship (1997 & 1997), Best PhD Research Award (2000), UGC-Post Doctoral Fellowship (2009) to name a few. He has a passion for teaching and research.


All research in human subject is guided by the principles enshrined in the ‘Declaration of Helsinki’. This is also the basis of ‘Good Clinical Practices (GCP)’ adopted by the International Council on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH). The Indian Council of Medical Research has also issued ethical guidelines for research on human subjects in year 2000 and subsequently in 2006. They also form part of the GCP guidelines issued by the Central Drug Standards Control Organization of the Ministry of Health, Government of India. These principles are put into practice through the formation and operation of an Independent Ethics Committee (IEC).

IEC of Symbiosis International University (SIU) focuses on rights, safety and wellbeing of the research participants if research involves human subjects or if there is a possibility of involvement of ethical issues. IEC is expected to review and approve such research proposals.

Form to be filled by Principal Investigator for submission of research proposal to IEC
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Chairperson- Dr. Vasant Padbidri (MBBS, PhD)
Ex-Director- Research, KEM Hospital and Research Centre, Pune

Member Secretary- Dr. Abhay Saraf (MD, DHM)
Head- SCOPE and Academics, Symbiosis Centre of Health Care


For more details contact:
Independent Ethics Committee of Symbiosis International University
Symbiosis Centre of Health care
Senapati Bapat Road, Pune- 411004
Phone no- 020 20255051/25655023/25667164 Ext:119/113


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