Ph. D Program
Research – The Rishihood Way

The Doctoral program at Rishihood aims to nurture researchers and give them a platform to share their ideas and take them further under the able guidance of eminent faculty members of the University.We will encourage our scholars to keep India at the epicenter of their research and the data collected will be industry applicable.


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Rishihood University is India’s first impact university. Our academic areas include creativity, entrepreneurship, education, healthcare, and public leadership. Rishihood’s multi-disciplinary style ensures that we nurture a generation of leaders who can bring a positive change in the world.

The university believes in an ‘ecosystem’ approach to learning rather than isolated training and research. Therefore, Rishihood actively engages and nurtures an ecosystem for our academic areas as well as for the larger growth of the nation and society. Our learning environment inspires people to achieve ‘Rishihood’. Our programs and projects are designed so that each person associated with the university is motivated to contribute to society in a positive way. The name Rishihood signifies the state of being a Rishi and is derived from Swami Vivekananda’s inspirational discourse. We are inspired by his ideas on education and are driven by a mission to rebuild India.

Area of Research


Our research fosters a culture of creativity that generates innovative solutions to global challenges. We deploy design and creativity to develop new ideas, solve problems, and identify barriers to creativity to empower individuals and communities. Our goal is to inspire a new generation of problem-solvers capable of creating sustainable solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges.

Research Themes: Creative Economy, Design for India, Creativity in Education, Sustainable Design


Our research enables educators to address emerging education challenges, leveraging neuroscience and cognition studies to solve delve into the functioning of the mind and improve learning. We recognize the value of traditional knowledge systems in enhancing human capability. Our interdisciplinary approach aims to develop evidence-based teaching and problem-solving methods, grounded in both scientific research and traditional knowledge.

Research Themes: Cognitive Dimensions of Leadership, Early Childhood Development, Education Leadership, Psychological and Spiritual Wellbeing


Our research aims to empower entrepreneurs to create innovative solutions for global challenges. We leverage emerging tech and interdisciplinary approaches to develop sustainable and scalable ventures that positively impact society. Our insights into successful entrepreneurship, including leadership, culture, and ecosystems, aim to overcome barriers and inspire a new generation of problem-solvers to create a better future.

Research Themes: Locally Empowered Economies, Family Businesses, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Holistic Frameworks for Business Management


Our research aims to develop an indigenous understanding of public leadership to address global challenges. Leadership plays a critical role in solving complex societal problems. Our research will identify barriers and strategies to nurture leadership skills at all levels of society. It aims to provide systemic insights on improving the collective will of the society to solve problems, and the capacity of the system to deliver its intended objectives.

Research Themes: Indigenous Governance and Administration, Local Self Governance, Nurturing Leadership in Society


  • Sanskrit, Philosophy, Indic Knowledge Systems
  • Sustainability, Water, Systems Thinking
  • Integral Humanism

Scholarship for Ph. D Students

  • Scholars with a passion to create an impact through research are welcome to apply. All full time Ph. D scholar will receive a stipend of Rs. 50,000 per month + stay and food in the campus hostel. The scholar works with our faculty and teaching assistant and conduct and classes / tutorial for undergraduate / Postgraduate learners. The eligibility guidelines and the registration form are given below

Admissions open for Ph. D Program for the coming academic year from January 2024

  • Ph. D Admissions start: Closed!
  • Last date for filling the form: Closed!
  • Announcement of shortlisted candidates: Closed!
  • Entrance exam and Interview: Closed!
  • Declaration of results: Closed!
  • Reporting of Ph. D Cohort and start of Academic Session: Closed!

Application Fee: A scholar can make more than one application and there is no application fee for applying for the program.

The fee will be charged each semester as per University rules / norms applicable from time to time. For the Batch starting in 2023, the scholars will have to pay a one-time fee of Rs. 15,000 towards registration (which is refundable) and a semester fee of Rs. 15,000 per semester.

Stipend and Perks: The on-campus Ph. D students will be given a stipend of Rs. 50,000, hostel accommodation (twin-sharing basis), and food at the mess. They will work as teaching associates and research associates at the university.

Faculty and Mentors

Dr. Sampadananda Mishra

Director, Centre for Human Sciences

Prof. (Dr.) Kirti Dutta

Dean Research, Research Cell,
Dean and Professor, School of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar

Dean and Professor, Rashtram School of Public Leadership

Prof. (Dr.) Sushil Chandra

Dean and Professor, School of Psychology and Education

Dr. Santhosh Kumar Kraleti

Associate Dean, School of Healthcare

Dr. Gunjan Rajput

Deputy Registrar, Office of Academic Affairs

Dr. Durgesh Rai

Rashtram School Of Public Leadership

Dr. Bhaskar Yempelli

Rashtram School Of Public Leadership

Dr. M. Chitra

School of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Kavita Gupta

School of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Sakshi Vermani

School of Psychology and Education

Dr. Kanishka Sharma

School of Psychology and Education

Dr. Amit Kumar Das

School of Creativity

Dr. K. Gopinath

Professor, Newton School of Technology

Dr. Saumya Dey

Professor, VC Office

Dr. Manjistha Banerji

Associate Professor, VC Office

Faculty and Mentors

Why should you pursue a Ph. D Program from Rishihood University?

1: Comprehensive funding

Rishihood offers competitive funding packages, including stipends, scholarships, and research grants to ensure students can focus on their research without financial burdens. The funding is based on the grant that sponsors the research project.

2: Research facilities and resources

Rishihood provides access to state-of-the-art research facilities, equipment, and resources, such as libraries, databases, and software tools, to enable students to conduct high-quality research.

3: Supportive research environment

We foster a collaborative, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating research environment where students can thrive and develop their skills.

4: Interdisciplinary opportunities

We encourage collaboration between different schools and promote interdisciplinary research projects to allow students to explore and expand their research interests.

5: Strong professional development support

Rishihood offers a range of resources and opportunities for students to develop their professional skills, such as workshops, networking events, and career counseling services.

6: Flexibility in program structure

We provide a flexible program structure that allows students to tailor their course of study to their interests and needs, including options for part-time study, remote learning, and interdisciplinary coursework.

7: High-quality supervision

We ensure that each student receives regular, personalized guidance and mentorship from their supervisors throughout their Ph.D journey.

8: Opportunities for teaching and mentoring

We offer teaching assistantships, guest lecturing, and mentoring opportunities to help students develop teaching and leadership skills.

9: Collaboration and exchange programs

We encourage global collaboration through research partnerships, joint projects, and exchange programs, which can provide students with a broader perspective and valuable networking opportunities.

10: Active wellwisher network

Rishihood maintains a strong network that supports current students and connects them with potential mentors, collaborators, and future employers.

Prof. (Dr.) Kirti Dutta
Dean, School of Entrepreneurship
Dean Research,Rishihood University

Dean’s Message

One of our key priorities is to work tirelessly to push the boundaries of knowledge and to address the most pressing challenges of our times. The desired output is to elevate all the stakeholders, create a positive impact on the society and influence public policy. As the founding Dean Research, am really privileged and tremendously excited to shape the research culture at the campus. It is a pleasure to welcome you to align your research initiatives with ours to produce exemplary research and to address the most pressing challenges of our time.

Global grand challenges, such as climate change, economic prosperity, inequality, healthcare, food security, education, wellness and wellbeing, sustainability etc, are complex and multifaceted problems that require a concerted effort from researchers and practitioners across multiple disciplines. Research plays a crucial role in addressing these challenges by providing evidence-based solutions and informing policy decisions. As the Dean of Research, I am committed to fostering an environment that encourages and supports innovative thinking, cutting-edge research, and knowledge creation.

Thank you for your interest in our research endeavours. We look forward to producing/ sharing highest quality research with you that is meaningfully relevant and impactful for human kind.


What is the application process for the Ph. D program?

Prospective candidates can apply online through our admissions portal by filling out the application form and submitting the required documents, including academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and any other supporting materials as specified in the application guidelines.

What is the duration of the Ph. D program?

Ph. D. program shall be for a minimum duration of three years (including course work), and a maximum of six years from date of admission to the Ph. D programme.

Are there any opportunities for interdisciplinary research or collaboration within the Ph. D program?

Yes, Rishihood University encourages interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Opportunities for interdisciplinary studies may vary based on research interests and the availability of resources within the university.

What resources and facilities are available to support Ph. D research at Rishihood University?

Rishihood University provides access to state-of-the-art facilities, libraries, laboratories, and research centers to support doctoral research across various disciplines. Additionally, students have access to academic and professional development resources to enhance their research skills and scholarly output.

Are international students eligible to apply for the Ph. D program?

Yes, we welcome applications from international students who meet the eligibility criteria for admission to our Ph. D program. International applicants are encouraged to review the additional requirements for international admissions.

Can I transfer credits from a previous graduate program towards my Ph. D at Rishihood University?

Transfer of credits is subject to the university’s policies and the relevance of previous coursework to the Ph. D program. Applicants interested in transferring credits should contact the admissions office for more information and evaluation of transferable credits.

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