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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. SCRI administers the doctoral programme under the following Faculty:

  • Law
  • Management
  • Computer Studies
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Media and Communication
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Engineering


For details regarding Ph.D. programmes please visit

  Ph.D. Admissions

  Policy document of research at SIU

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. Ruchika Kaul-Ghanekar

Dr. Ruchika Kaul-Ghanekar

Director - Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI)

Dr Ruchika Kaul-Ghanekar specializes in Biotechnology and Cancer Biology. She holds her PhD degree from National Centre for Cell Science (an autonomous institute of Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India), University of Pune. She has worked in prestigious organizations that include Interactive Research School of Health Affairs (IRSHA), Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Agharkar Research Institute (an autonomous institute of Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India), Dept. of Biotechnology, University of Pune. She has been a recipient of DBT post-doctoral fellow, Best Researcher Award in 2011 at Bharati Vidyapeeth University.

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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 Mechanical Engineer by education and academic administrator by profession. He obtained doctorate degree in from BITS, Pilani in 2004. He has also been in-charge doctoral programme over last 20 years in various universities including BITS, Pilani.

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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. He 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. Anand Shindikar

Dr. Anand Shindikar

Head-Intellectual Property

Dr. Anand Shindikar is currently working as an Associate Professor and Head, Intellectual Property (IP) Cell at Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI), Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India. Dr Shindikar received the doctoral and postgraduation qualification in Pharmaceutical sciences from University of Mumbai. He is a registered Indian Patent Agent. He has more than 16 years of cumulative research experience inclusive of Industry and Medical research. His research areas include Chemical Process Development, Drug Discovery and Health Sciences. During his stint in pharma industry, he has developed efficient chemical processes for drug and drug intermediates.

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Dr. Prasoom Dwivedi

Prasoom Dwivedi

Head - Research, Projects & Funding

Prof. (Dr.) Prasoom Dwivedi has an illustrious career spanning two decades, marked by exceptional achievements in economics and sectoral economics research, grant writing, and academic excellence. As a recipient of the "Gold Medal Award" for his outstanding contributions to education, Prof. (Dr.) Prasoom holds a unique combination of academic prowess and professional experience.

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Ph.D. Programme Overview

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) offers Ph.D. programmes under the guidelines prescribed by the University Grants Commission (2022) in the faculties of Law, Management, Computer Studies, Medical & Health Sciences, Media & Communication, 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.

SIU's Ph.D. Supervisors 1

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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.

  1. Research Projects funded by Government Agencies
  2. Research Projects funded by Non-Government Agencies

For building such capabilities continuously and maintaining the currency of research work, SIU offers seed funding through Minor Research Projects (MRPs) and Student Research Projects (SRPs) and Major Research Projects (MjRPs) to deserving research project proposals from its Faculty members and students (under the leadership of the faculty members) respectively.

  1. SIU Seed Funding: Minor Research Projects
  2. SIU Seed Funding: Major Research Project
  3. SIU Seed Funding: Student Research Projects
  4. SIU Seed Funding for Research and Instruments / Equipment
  5. Guidelines for Major/ Minor and Student Research Projects

Ph.D. Induction 2023:

The Induction for Ph.D. students of the 2023 (Second Round) batch was held on February 27-28 2024, at SMCW, Lavale Campus. The induction started with an address by Vice-Chancellor Dr. R. Raman Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SIU. Dr. Dinesh Amalnerkar, Renowned Scientist addressed the students on the topic " Research Perspectives: Attitude and Aptitude". Dr. Dinesh Katre, Former Senior Director- C-DAC, Pune also addressed the gathering on "Ph D Research and the Art of Mountaineering ". Dr. Vasant Bang, Director, Delta M, R & D, Research Lab, Pune conducted sessions on "Critical Thinking and Systematic Literature Review".

The Deans of the Faculty addressed the gathering informing about their faculty and coursework. Dr. Ruchika Kaul-Ghanekar, Director, SCRI welcomed the dignitaries and Dr. Sanjay Pohekar, Head, Research Programmes proposed the vote of thanks. More than 170 students attended the two-day Induction.

Dr. S.D. Pohekar, Head Research Programmes, SCRI, SIU delivered talks on "Ph.D. Roadmap" and "Essential of Writing Research Proposal". Dr. Yogesh Patil, Head, Research Publications conducted a session on "Research Publications ". Dr. Prasoom Dwivedi, Head, Research Projects and Funding conducted a session on " Extramural Research Grants and Project Formulation". Dr. Ruchika Kaul- Ghanekar held a session on " Research Ecosystem at SIU" A session on "Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights" was conducted by Dr. Anand Shindikar, Head, IPR, SIU. A session on Role of Statistical Techniques and Reporting of Findings was conducted by Dr. Vishal Pradhan, Statistician, SCRI. A session was conducted on "Effective Use of Library Resources" Dr. Sangita Paliwal Librarian, SIU. A two-hour lively question- answer session was also conducted.

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 55 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 Advance and Legal Studies (SCALSAR),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) and Symbiosis Centre for Research on International Higher Education (SCRIHE), Symbiosis Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability (SCCCS), Symbiosis Centre for Urban Studies (SCUS), Symbiosis Centre for Ambedkar Studies (SCAS), Symbiosis Centre for Research in Media and Creative Industries (SCRMCI) and Symbiosis Centre for Research in Vaccines and Biologicals (SCRVB) 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.

SIU Research Facilities

Central Instrumentation Facility
Small Animal Facility
Health Skills Laboratories 
MUSEUMS: Symbiosis Medical College for Women, Lavale, Pune 
Anatomy Museum
Community Medicine Museum
Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Museum
Microbiology Museum
Pathology Museum
Pharmacology Museum

Institute Research Committee (IRC)

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) provides a conducive ecosystem for enriching research culture at all its Constituents. The faculty and students at the Constituents undertake research activities. In order to promote and monitor research activities, the Institute Research Committee (IRC) is constituted at each Constituent.

IRC Circular
Application and Formats

Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC)

All kind of 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 2017. They also form part of the GCP guidelines issued by the Central Drug Standards Control Organization of the Ministry of Health (& Family Welfare) Government of India.

At SIU, these principles are put into practice through the formation and operation of Institutional 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.

As per the New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules, 2019 by Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, there are two IECs that functional at SIU currently: 1) IEC for Biomedical and Health Research (BHR) studies and 2) IEC for Clinical Trials (CT),Bioavailability (BA) and Bioequivalence (BE) Studies. The composition of both IECs can be found as per the hyperlink given below:

  1. Constitution of IEC for Biomedical and Health Research (BHR) studies
  2. Constitution of IEC for Clinical Trials (CT), Bioavailability (BA) and Bioequivalence (BE) Studies

The two committees work independently as per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). No violation of SOPs is entertained. The researchers who are willing to seek ethical approval from the IECs should go through the SOPs which are attached with the hyperlink below:

  1. SOP for IEC for Biomedical and Health Research (BHR) studies
  2. SOP for IEC for Clinical Trials (CT), Bioavailability (BA) and Bioequivalence (BE) Studies

To submit a research proposal for review of Ethics Committee, the Principal Investigator should submit the duly filled application form (Annexure IV) to the Secretariat office of the Ethics Committees (

  1. Application Form (Annexure IV)

The application form should be accompanied with necessary relevant documents such as Research proposal, Informed Consent Form, Participant Information Sheet, Case Record Form (Questionnaire), Investigator’s Brochure, Details of funding agency/sponsor, Curriculum Vitae of Investigators, Regulatory permissions, Relevant administrative approvals/agreements, etc. For details, please refer to the latest guidelines (2017) published by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for Biomedical and Health Research involving human participants.

ICMR Ethical Guidelines, 2017

For more details, please contact:

Institutional Ethics Committee of Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
4th Floor, Building no 1, Symbiosis University
Hospital and Research Centre (SUHRC)
At post: Lavale, Block: Mulshi, Dist. Pune - 412115
Contact number: 020 66975067
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