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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
  • 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. Vinay Kumar Rale

Dr. Vinaykumar Rale


Prof Vinay Rale: M Sc, Ph D (Microbiology, University of Poona, Pune) , PDFs. FIIM, FIABS. First Post-Doctoral with renowned scientists Prof Dr G Gottschalk & Prof Dr H Schlegel, Institut fur Mikrobiologie, Georg August Universitat, Gottingen, Germany. Area of research - Intricacies in acetone-butanol continuous fermentation process using whey as a feed-stock. Subsequently, many PDF stints in Germany and UK. Visiting Professorships.

Professional Journey:

  1. Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune (12 yrs).
  2. Reader, Head Professor & Head , Department of Microbiology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, SPPU, Pune (10 yrs).
  3. Entrepreneur in Microbiology/Biotechnology & Food Sciences (27 yrs).
  4. Consultant in Microbiology/Biotechnology & Food Sciences (40 yrs).
  5. Director, Symbiosis School for Biological Sciences (SSBS), Symbiosis International University, Pune (7 yrs).
  6. Director, Symbiosis Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI), Symbiosis International University, Pune (November 2021 onwards).

Rich and versatile experience spanning over 47 years in teaching, research, administration, consultancy and entrepreneurship.

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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. Pardeep Kumar

Dr. Pardeep Kumar

Deputy Head – Intellectual Property

Dr. Pardeep Kumar Sharma is currently working as an Associate Professor and Deputy Head, Intellectual Property Cell at Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI), Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India. Dr. Sharma has received the doctoral degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Lovely Professional University and Postgraduation degree in Applied Chemistry from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He is a certified IP professional in Intellectual Property management from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Worldwide Academy, Geneva Switzerland. He has earned IBM certification in Python for Data Science. He has completed 6 months industrial certification in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence from Itronix Solutions. He has more than 16 years of Industry, Teaching and Research Experience in the field of IPR, Applied Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. His Research Area is Nanomaterials, Intelligent Reliability Estimation and Artificial Intelligence.

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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.

Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship-2021-2022

  1. Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship-2021-2022

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

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 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) and Symbiosis Centre for Urban Studies (SCUS) 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

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
Email ID:

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