Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI)

Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI), established in 2009, is the dedicated department of SIU for promoting and facilitating research among students and faculty. Through its academic and administrative services, SCRI enables researchers to achieve excellence in their work, and eventually, translates SIU’s vision of creation of knowledge for the benefit of the Society into reality.

Main focus of SCRI

  • To develop institutional research agenda and to formulate policies to nurture quality research culture within the University.
  • To establish minimum standards for research activities at SIU.
  • To build research capacity and mentor researchers.
  • To set up systematic procedures for administration of research programmes.
  • To facilitate research endeavours at SIU.

SCRI administers and looks after Ph.D. Programme at SIU in addition to various support-services related to Research Projects, Publications, Conferences, Collaboration, Research Centres, Intellectual Property and Ethical conduct in research.

Dr. Urvashi Rathod

Dr. Urvashi Rathod

Director - 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.

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​Dr. Sanjay Pohekar​

Dr. Sanjay Pohekar​

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

Dr. Sanjay Pohekar is a Mechanical Engineering graduate with post graduate qualifications in Energy Management. He obtained his doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, India. He has 25 years of experience in teaching, research and industry, the longest being with BITS, Pilani for 16 years. He was also looking after the entire Ph.D programme of BITS, Pilani during his teure at BITS, Pilani. He has taught in various continuing education programmes of National Thermal Power Corporation, Bharat Forge, Reliance Energy, Eaton Corporation, Lupin Laboratories, Tata Autocomp, Tolani Maritime Institute etc between 1999-2015.

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Dr. Yogesh Patil

Dr. Yogesh Patil

Professor & Head – Research Publications

Dr. Yogesh Patil is currently Professor and Head – Research & Publications at the Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI), Symbiosis International (Deemed University) , Pune, India. Hel did his doctorate research work at the Division of Microbial Sciences, MACS Agharkar Research Institute (DST Funded), Pune, India and obtained his PhD from University of Pune, Pune. He has qualified GATE as well as UGC-NET.

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Dr. Dipak Tatpuje

Dr. Dipak Tatpuje

Head – Research Projects

Dr. Dipak Tatpuje is a Head – Research Projects in Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation, Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India. Prof.Tatpuje has over 33 years of experience in the field of experiential education, project consulting,and research projects at national and International level by developing models for rural development through empowerment of youths. He completed more than 11 projects with international organisations like UNESCO-Bangkok, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology, and Mathematics Educators (CASTME-Asia), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC-Switzerland).

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Dr. Amit Kumar Tiwari

Dr. Amit Kumar Tiwari

Head – Intellectual Property

Dr. Amit Kumar Tiwari is currently Head of Intellectual Property at Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI), Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India. Dr. Tiwari is a chemist by education and patent expert by profession. He works in Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Lifesciences domain. He is a Graduate in Science (Botany, Zoology, Chemistry & Foundation course) from Bhopal University Bhopal, Post graduate in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore and a Ph.D. degree holder in Chemistry with specialization in Medicinal Chemistry from Jain University, Bangalore. The area of study was modeling of anti-HIV-1 activity by applying QSAR and SAR study on piperidine-4-carboxamide CCR5 antagonist.

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  Policy for Promotion of Research in SIU

Research and Recognition Committee (RRC) of the Faculty

To steer research activities and initiatives of each Faculty to the relevant, significant and emergent areas of the discipline, Faculty-wide Research and Recognition Committees (RRCs) have been constituted. The constitution of RRC for each of the 8 Faculties can be found below:

Ph.D. Programme Overview

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) offers Ph.D. programmes under the guidelines prescribed by the University Grants Commission (2016) in 8 faculties of Law, Management, Computer Studies, Health Sciences, Media & Communication, Architecture & 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 Supervisors. The University aims to maintain high research standards, and with this goal in mind, and as per the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.PHIL./PH.D Degrees) Regulations, 2016, SIU followsa specific criteriafor selection of Ph.D. students. All rules and guidelines related to the SIU's Ph.D. Programmes are available in SIU's Ph.D. Rule Book.

To build a research culture, knowledge generation, wealth creation, social mobilization and interdisciplinary approach, the University has made provisions of awarding Junior and Senior Research Fellowships.

Ph.D. Scholars' research projects are supervised by Ph.D. Supervisors, who are full-time Faculty members of SIU, and are recognized by the RRC of the respective Faculty of SIU as research Supervisors. They supervise the work of the Ph.D. Scholar,who may be selected as SIU's Junior Research Fellow. Supervisors may recommend the inclusion of co-supervisors, who are experts in certain areas, to the Faculty RRC for approval.Deserving JRFs can also be offered a Senior Research Fellowship.

Research Project

SIU's researchers have a record of attracting external funding for their research proposals from several Government and Non-Government agencies. Research grants from reputed agencies is a manifestation of the research capabilities of the University.

For building such capabilities continuously and maintaining the currency of research work, SIU offers minor research projects and student research projects to deserving research project proposals from its Faculty members and students (under the leadership of the Faculty members) respectively.

Ph.D. 2019 - INDUCTION

The Induction for Ph.D. students of 2019 batch was held on September 17-18, 2019 at Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Lavale campus in SIU Auditorium and Convention Centre. Dr. P.Balachandra, Principle Scientific Officer, Management Studies, IISc, Bangalore was the Chief Guest and Dr. Sanjay Pai, Chief Editor of Indian Journal of Medical Ethics and Current Science was the Guest of Honor. The induction started with a video message from Hon. Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, SIU who could not be present due to her pre occupations. Dr. Urvashi Rathod, Director, Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation, SIU. Delivered Welcome address. The Deans of various faculties also addressed the gathering. Prof Balachandra delivered a keynote speech on 'Reporting Research Outputs: Inferences, Insights and Implications'. He shared his vast experience and best practices at IISc, Bangalore. Dr. Sanjay Pai delivered a keynote speech on 'Plagiarism, Falsification and Ethics in Research'. He shared his experiences as an editor and advocated on the policy of honesty during research.

Dr. S D Pohekar, Head Research Programmes, SCRI, SIU delivered talks on "Ph.D. Roadmap" and "Essential of Writing Research Proposal". Dr. Urvashi Rathod conducted sessions on "Critical Thinking and Systematic Literature Review". Dr. Yogesh Patil, Head, Research Publications conducted session on "Research Publications and Bibliometric". Dr. Deepak Tatpuje, Head, Research Projects conducted a session on "Attracting Research Funding for Ph.D. Projects". A session on "Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights" was conducted by Dr. Amit Tiwari, Head, and Intellectual Property Rights. A session was conducted on "Effective Use of Library Resources" by Dr. Sangeeta Paliwal, Deputy Librarian, SIU. An invited session on "SAGE Research Methods" was conducted by Mr. Sriram Sundaram, Manager SAGE India. Mr. Kuldip Singh, a Ph. student from 2018 batch shared his feedback of coursework and fruitful interactions with the supervisor. A two-hour lively question- answer session was also conducted. A group of 35 JRFs/SRFs ensured wonderful organization of the Induction programme. Active support of SCRI staff and logistics department ensured a good organization and hospitality.

Research Publications

SIU is committed towards creating new scholarly knowledge by way of research. It encourages its faculty members to publish research papers in high quality journals that are indexed in Scopus, Web of Science, ABDC and ABS listed journals. Faculty areincentivised for publishing in these journals. As per UGC notification, the University has recently prepared a White List of Journals listed in Scopus, SCI, SSCI, AHCI, ABDC, ABS, FT50 and ICI. Regular FDPs are conducted for SIU faculty to enhance their research skills through STLRC.

Research Conferences

Constituent institutes of the University regularly hold research conferences for bringing academics, researchers, and professionals of respective disciplines together for scholarly interactions. SIU also provides domestic and foreign travel support to Faculty members for presenting research papers in reputed conferences. Organizing conferences and providing financial support for participating in research conferences help SIU's research community in learning about the state-of-the-art research happening in their respective disciplines, and hence, maintaining the currency of the in-house knowledge base of the University Faculty.

Research Collaboration

SIU's research community acknowledges that in this era of half-life of knowledge, it is essential to not only remain connected with the researchers of the discipline working outside the University, but also to share resources and collaborate with them for achieving quality and speed in research. Various SIU institutes have collaborated with other researchers on common research agenda that benefitted their fields. In addition, SIU collaborates with 54 Centres for Research Collaboration (CRC) with whom they conduct joint research.

Research Centres

In its continuous pursuit of giving back to Society through academics and research, the University has established Symbiosis Centre for Waste Resource Management (SCWRM) and ​​​​​​​Symbiosis Centre for Stem Cell Research (SCSCR), Symbiosis Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SCNN) AND Symbiosis Center for Medical Image Analysis (SCMIA) and Symbiosis Centre for Behavioural Studies (SCBS) and Symbiosis Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence (SCAAI) in past few years. These Centres are led by the researchers of repute in respective disciplines and are being developed as the Centres of Excellence of the future.

Intellectual Property Cell

With the advent of new knowledge economy, a tag of urgency on understanding and managing knowledge based assets such as innovations and know-how has become crucial. In this context, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) have become important in the face of changing trade environment characterized by global competition, high innovation risks, short product life cycle, technology change, high investments in research and development (R&D), production and marketing and need for highly skilled human resources.

With this backdrop in mind SIU has finalized the IP Policy and has set-up an In-house IP Cell. The objectives of IP Cell are:

  • To give right impetus to the research activities already started and also provide a broad platform for taking up future research activities.
  • To work collectively for the protection of different aspects of an inventive work at SIU for multiple protection viz. Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Registered designs, Geographical indications, Protection of undisclosed information, etc.
  • To take positive steps to direct research suitably to generate more intellectual property rights, protect and manage them efficiently
  • To periodically monitor output of research of SIU linking to patents and other IPR elements.
  • To motivate and create awareness among all the faculties and students of SIU from time to time on IPR and its importance.
  • To provide technical, financial and legal help to the inventions emanating from SIU.
  • To raise issues and bring new information and knowledge about IPR in SIU domain
  • To conduct IPR related workshops, trainings, seminars, etc. in SIU and its constituent Institutes.

Independent Ethics Committee (IEC)

All research with human subjects are 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 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.

At SIU, these principles are put into practice through the formation and operation of an Independent Ethics Committee (IEC). This committee 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

Chairperson - Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar, Director In Charge - National Aids Research Institute, Pune
Member Secretary - Prof. Sonopant Joshi, Professor and HOD, Research and Statistics, Symbiosis College of Nursing, Pune
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For More Details Contact:
Independent Ethics Committee of Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences
Senapati Bapat Road, Pune- 411004

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