National Summit: PhD programs in the Indian research ecosystem

AuthorCafé hosted a  summit on PhD Management on the 14th & 15th of July. The virtual event was chaired by Dr Savita Ayyar, Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar & Research Management Consultant. 

The event brought together leaders from academia to share their experiences, challenges, and potential solutions to common problems, and was attended by professors, librarians, research guides, and researchers.

Day 1: Understanding the purpose and qualities of a successful PhD program

Speaker Topic of discussion

Prof Rupamanjari Ghosh, Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University

The role of PhD programs in the Indian research ecosystem

Prof K. N. Ganesh, Director, IISER Tirupati

Nurturing a research mindset from an early stage

Prof Pradeep Kumar G, Scientist G, RGCB Thiruvananthapuram

The joys and challenges of mentoring research scholars

Day 2: Managing PhD programs for maximum impact

Speaker Topic of discussion

Prof Shantikumar Nair, Dean Research, Amrita University

Inspiring PhD scholars to make a difference to society

Prof Raj Ladher, Dean Academics, NCBS Bangalore

Technology as an enabler for PhD program management

Prof Geetha Venkataraman, Dean of Research & Consultancy, Ambedkar University Delhi

Enabling PhD scholars to fulfil their potential

Dr Anirban Chakraborty, Director of R&D, Ashoka University

Lessons from building and managing PhD programs

The event had over 900 registrants from over 40 institutions across India. If you would like to collaborate on a similar event with a focus on academia, send us a note:


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