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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 following doctoral programmes offered by the University:

  • Ph.D. (Law)
  • Ph.D. (Management)
  • Ph.D. (Computer Studies)
  • Ph.D. (Health Sciences)
  • Ph.D. (Media and Communication)
  • Ph.D. (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Ph.D. (Engineering)

For details regarding Ph.D. programmes please visit

  Ph.D. Admissions 2021

  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. Vinay Kumar Rale

Dr. Vinaykumar Rale

Officiating Director

Prof. Vinay Rale M.Sc. Ph.D. (Microbiology, University of Poona, Pune). PDFs. FIIM. FIABS. First Post-Doctoral (Institut fur Mikrobiolgie, Georg August Universitat, Goettingen, Germany, UGC-DAAD Fellow) under renowned microbiologists- Prof. Dr.G. Gottscholk and Prof. Dr.H.Schlegel. Subsequently many PDFS & Consultancy tenures in Germany & UK. Visiting Professorships at Goettingen, Germany & Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK.Directorin three companies.

With a 12-year stint as a Lecturer in Microbiology at Abasaheb Garware College, Pune.,Prof.Rale was invited by Savitiribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) (then University of Poona) in 1985 as a Reader and subsequently selected as Professor & Head of Microbiology in 1990. From 1994 onwards, he shifted to industry. A versatile and rich experience spanning over 47years - in teaching, research,administration,consultancy, marketing and techno-entrepreneurship and an excellent interface with premier teaching and research institutes and diverse industries in India and abroad Dr.Vinay Rale isthe Director of Symbiosis School of Biological Sciences (SSBS)and also the Officiating Director of Symbiosis Centre for Research& Innovation (SCRI). He is Instrumental in attracting several national and international industrial projects at SSBS.

​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 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 tenure at BITS, Pilani. He has taught in various collaborative education programmes of National Thermal Power Corporation, Bharat Forge, Reliance Energy, Eaton Corporation, Lupin Laboratories, Tata Autocomp, Tolani Maritime Institute etc between 1999-2015. He has conducted management development programmes for the officers of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources, India and steam system engineers.

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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 Professor and 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 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. He also earned Post Graduate Diploma in Cheminformatics from Institute of Chemiformatics Studies, Noida and Post Graduate Diploma in Patent Law from National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad. He is certified IP professional in Intellectual Property management from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) World Wide Academy, Geneva Switzerland and also certified in Intellectual Property and Cyber Law from Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune, India. Dr. Tiwari is a certified professional in competitive intelligence, acquisition and mergers (Financial Management Training Center, Arlington). Dr. Tiwari is certified in Innovation Management from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Dr. Tiwari has successfully completed with distinction a course in Business Management from Oxford, UK. Dr. Tiwari is also certified healthcare professional from World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva Switzerland.

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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 (2016) in the 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. Induction 2021

The Induction for Ph.D. students of 2021 batch was held on September 21-22, 2021 through video conferencing. The induction started with a welcome address by Dr.RajaniGupte, Hon. Vice Chancellor, SIU. Hon. Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, SIU addressed the gathering. Dr. LS Shashidhara, Dean Research at Ashoka University, New Delhi ( onlein from IISER, Pune) delivered a keynote speech on 'Graduate Research and Beyond". He was the Chief Guest for the Ph. D Induction 2021. Dr. Umakant Dash, Director, Institute of Rural Management, Anand( onlein from IIT, Madras) delivered a keynote speech on 'Creating Dependable Knowledge through Higher Degree Research in Social Sciences '. He was the Guest of Honor for the Ph. D. Induction 2021.Dr. KetanKotecha, Dean Faculty of Engineering, Head Symbiosis Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence and Symbiosis Centre for Medical Imagaing and Analysis, presented his views on behalf of Deans of Faculties and Heads of Research Centres.

Dr. S D Pohekar, Head Research Programmes, SCRI, SIU delivered talks on "Ph.D. Roadmap" and "Essential of Writing Research Proposal". Dr. Vasant Bang conducted sessions on "Critical Thinking and Systematic Literature Review". Dr. YogeshPatil, Head, Research Publications conducted a session on "Research Publications and Bibliometric Analysis ". Dr. Deepak Tatpuje, Head, Research Projects conducted a session on "Attracting Research Funding for Ph.D. Projects". Dr. Vinaykuamr Rale, Director, Symbiosis School of Biological Sciences and Officiating Director, Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation, conducted the session on " Meaningful Collaborations: Identifying and Restricting to Niche Areas" 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 Mr. Sheetal Gade, Astt Librarian, SIU. An invited session on "SAGE Research Methods" was conducted by Mr. Anuj Agrawal, Asst Manager SAGE India. 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 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


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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