PhD programs in the Indian research ecosystem : Challenges and Opportunities

Research conducted by PhD scholars forms an important part of the overall research output for India. Indian PhD scholars are among the brightest in the world and are the innovators, problem solvers and leaders of the future. India’s ability to reap the benefits of research and innovation depend heavily upon this important group of early careers researchers. How then, can we ensure that our PhD programs are designed to nurture talent and to be sustainable in the longer term?

AuthorCafé was delighted to host a national summit on PhD programs in the Indian research ecosystem. The summit was held on the 14th & 15th of July 2021 and brought together eminent leaders, researchers and scholars for a series of discussions on the different facets of research by PhD scholars in India. The panelists at the summit shared their views on how Indian institutions could develop and manage their PhD programs for maximum impact. 

In this two-part series, we bring you a summary of discussions and a curated set of video clips from the panelists at the national summit. 

Part 1: PhD programs in the Indian knowledge ecosystem 

Part 2: Managing PhD programs for impact


The article expresses the opinions of attendees at the AuthorCafé summit. 


AuthorCafé would like to extend a sincere thanks to all the panelists and participants at the national summit. Support from the staff at AuthorCafé and TNQ Technologies is also gratefully acknowledged. 


The panelists at the summit included:

  • Prof Rupamanjari Ghosh, Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University
  • Prof KN Ganesh, Director, IISER Tirupati
  • Prof Pradeep Kumar, Scientist, RGCB Thiruvananthapuram
  • Prof Shantikumar Nair, Dean Research, Amrita University
  • Prof Raj Ladher, Dean Academic Activities, NCBS Bangalore
  • Prof Geetha Venkataraman, Dean of Research and Consultancy, Dr BR Ambedkar University Delhi
  • Dr Anirban Chakraborty, Director Research & Development, Ashoka University


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