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The Research being carried out at the University has seen a significant rise in the past few years. The number of doctoral research scholars has seen a 30% increase from sixty in 2012 to seventy-eight in 2013. The number of Doctoral Research Scholars represents over 6% of the current student population at SSSIHL, a figure far above the national average. New Research collaborations between the University and renowned institutions like the FDA (USA), and collaboration on multiple research projects with the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences are a testimony to rise in quality of research being undertaken by the University.
In line with the vision of the Revered Founder Chancellor, all research at the University ultimately leads to societal benefit. Thus, the topics for Doctoral Research across all departments are chosen with great diligence, leading to directed basic, applied or translational research.

Multi-disciplinary Research

Reiterating its commitment to bolster research facilities, the University is in the process of setting up a state-of-the-art the Sri Sathya Sai Centre for Advanced Studies - an innovative research center to explore and promote the convergence of basic and translational research in environment, health and energy. The Sri Sathya Sai Centre for Advanced Studies is scheduled to be operational by 2015.
In September 2012, experts from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), USA visited the University and a subsequent partnership was established for the investigation of Nano technology-based diagnostics for TB, HIV/AIDS, Influenza and other life-threatening diseases.
The University is also partnering with its sister institutions - the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS) - super-specialty hospitals that offer highest quality tertiary care free of cost to all. In 2012, a Chondrocyte Cell Culture Lab of the University was inaugurated at SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram. The research thrust at this facility will explore the possibilities of chondrocyte cell culture in treating knee cartilage defects. It will therefore aid the quality of health of patients by avoiding joint replacement surgeries and the symptoms and costs associated with it.
In order to foster this ambience for inter-disciplinary research, an Inter-disciplinary Science Colloquium has been initiated to provide an opportunity for Doctoral research Scholars and the Teaching Faculty across all departments to share their research experiences with fellow researchers. A variety of topics have been shared and discussed in these weekly Inter-disciplinary Science Colloquiums. For a full list of all the Science Colloquium sessions for the Academic Year 2012/13, click here.

In the field of science today, there is great emphasis on research and discovery. But unless the results of research are applied in practice, it will be an expensive futility. If all the time is spent on research, when is it to find useful application in practice? Nor is there any sense of discrimination in the promotion of research.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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