The Centre for Research and Development (CRD) with cutting-edge technology had been established at PRISTUniversity in the academic year 2008 to help the society in promoting science and technology on energy, environment, food, materials, biomolecules and mechanisms, drug discovery, and stem cell platforms for regenerate medicines. The CRD is housed in an independent, multi-storied building with the state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure to help achieve its mission and vision. The centre has dedicated laboratories for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Molecular Microbiology, Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Plant Tissue Culture, Animal Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Stem Cell Research, Pharmacology, and Pharmaceuticals. The centre with 32 dedicated scientists from different disciplines is now marching on to attain on par excellence in the arena of academic and research activities under the directions of Prof. V. Manivannan.

PRIST University has identified four major research areas to work for the benefit of human welfare:

  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Energy and Environment
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Bio-metic Systems and Engineering


The plinth area of the Centre for Research and Development is 40,000 square feet, of which 19,200 sq ft is currently dedicated to active research units such as Drug discovery, Stem Cell Biology, Molecular Biotechnology, Metabolic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Material Sciences and physical Sciences, and Plant Biotechnology. Each division has the state-of-the-art facilities to carry out the mission of the Centre.

Technologies available at PRIST University

Mechanical/Electrical/Electronic Engineering:

  • Embedded systems and automation technology

Environmental Engineering:

  • Unique adsorption technology for wastewater treatment
  • Nanocoagulant technology for effluent treatment
  • Organo-refining as a potential fuel cell technology

Material Science:

  • Crystal manufacturing and processing technology for electronic components, semiconductors, integrated circuits, led, crystals, relays, connectors, ac-dc power supplies, capacitors, micro controllers, resistors, electronic hardware, transformers
  • Custom made nano-composite materials for industrial applications

Industrial Biotechnology:

  • Microbial strain development for industrially important chemicals, enzymes and bioenergy productions
  • Distillery effluent treatment and utilization of waste for value-added bioproducts at pilot-scale
  • Upstream and downstream processing for bulk chemicals and enzymes production
  • Bio-fertilizers production
  • Biogas production
  • Spirulina cultivation and processing

Plant Biotechnology:

  • Hill Banana cultivation
  • Food and energy crop plantations
  • Tissue culturing for commercially important plant propagation
  • Disease-free plantation

The Centre for Research and Development at PRIST University has thirty-two well-qualified scientists from different disciplines in science and engineering. The research interest of the faculty spans a wide range; from energy and environment to problems of immediate interest to industry and the society.

Research Faculty
Field of Research


Dr. V. ManivannanAstrophysics and crystallography
Dr. M. RamalingamQuantum chemistry
Dr. S. Mohan RajMetabolic engineering


Dr. Anusha BhaskarMedicinal biochemistry
Dr. K. ShanthiBioinformatics
Dr. M. SrinivasanClinical biochemistry and nanoscience
Dr. R. Suja PandianClinical biochemistry
Dr. J. KarthikeyanMedicinal biochemistry
Dr. Sohna Chandra PackiavathyClinical biochemistry
Dr. S. IlavenilClinical biochemistry and phytomedicines


Dr. S. RavikumarMarine radiation biology
Dr. R. Elango MathavanPlant tissue culture and plant genetics
Dr. S. PatharajanPlant tissue culture and plant genetics
Dr. B. KaleeswaranPhytomedicines and fish immunology
Dr. A. Sheeba ChristinaMolecular diagnosis and cancer biology


Dr. GokulakrishnanNano-coagulant and effluent treatment
Dr. RagupathyPolymer chemistry

Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. P.L.K. PriyadarsiniTheoretical computation
Dr. S. NithyanandamImage processing
Dr. AdithanNetworking and image processing
Dr. Joyce MarryParallel processing
Dr. K. SaravananComputational algorithms

Environmental Engineering

Dr. Ashutosh DasEffluent treatment
Dr. Mukesh GoelEnvironmental Engineering
Dr. K. RavikumarRS, GIS and environment quality modeling

Material Sciences

Dr. J. Chandra DasNono-composites
Dr. J. RamajothiThin film and nonlinear optical materials
Dr. Senthil KumarEngineering materials

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Vincent H. WilsonEmbedded systems and automation


Dr. S. RameshMarine and molecular biology
Dr. UshadeviClinical microbiology


Dr. Kailasam KoumaraveluPharmacogenetics

A total of 560 research scholars have registered for their Ph.D work in Centre for Research and Development at PRIST University under broad disciplines:

  • Crystal growth and material science
  • Structure determination of bioactive compounds
  • Characterization of bioactive compounds from plant and marine source
  • Ex situ conservation of endangered plants
  • Molecular marker development
  • Identification of novel drugs from marine source
  • Molecular modeling and drug designing
  • Renewable energy and environment
  • Farming systems management
  • Ecology of Tsunami affected areas
  • Solid waste and waste water management
  • Water resources and management
  • Sustainable development
  • Computational science
  • Materials research


Total number of publications in the last five years452
Paper publications in Scopus-indexed international peer-reviewed journals296
Publications in book chapters15
Paper publications in national peer-reviewed journals156
In-house annual journals4
In-house annual newsletters2

National and international conferences/symposia/workshops

International conferences conducted3
National conferences/workshop conducted7
Short-term training courses conducted4
Papers presented in international conferences34
Papers presented in national conferences50
Guest lectures delivered by the faculty20
Workshops attended by the faculty11


Ph.D. degree awarded33
Young scientist award received1
Fellow membership in international science congress association1

Projects submitted to/granted from extramural funding sources: a) indicates number of proposals submitted/granted in the last three years; b) indicates total size of budget of submitted/granted proposals in the last three years; c) indicates total size of funding from extramural and in-house for research activities.


Name of the Principal Investigator
Title of the Project Proposal
Name of the Funding agency
Budget outlay proposed (Rs. in Lakhs)
Status of the Project proposal
1Dr. P.L.K. Priyadarshini Scientist, CRD“A Study on the Applications of graph theory concepts in cryptography”DRDO4.1Completed
2Dr. S. Ramesh Scientist, CRDDevelopment of Real-time PCR Based High Throughput Biosensor System for the Detection and identification of Food Borne pathogenicDRDO9.44Ongoing
3Dr. S. Ramesh Scientist, CRDAntihyperglycemic, antihyperlipidemic and antioxidative effects of Noni (Morinda citrifolia L.) fruits in experimental and clinical modelsWorld Noni Research Foundation9.99Ongoing
4Dr. R. Elango Mathavan Scientist, CRDIn vitro and Ex situ Conservation and Rehabilitation of selected Threatened Medicinal Plants of North East India.DBT17.1Ongoing
5Dr. Ashutosh Das Director, CEECharacterization and Utilization of Residue, Deoiled Cake from Non-Edible Oil – Seeds as Adsorbents in Wastewater TreatmentDST53.58Sanctioned
6Dr. B. Kaleeswaran Scientist, CRDInvestigation of anti-urolithiatic by traditionally used medicinal plant pedalium murex L.on kidney stone-struvite crystalDST-Young Scientist FAST Track22Sanctioned
7Ms. N. Selvasudha Research ScholarNovel nono formation for treating hyper lititemiaDST-Women’s Scientist Scheme WOS-B7.24Ongoing
Total Amount123.45

B. In-house funding and support

Projects sanctioned                                                                    :          #8; total budget size 12.4 Lakhs

Lab infrastructure, building, equipment                         :            4.2 Crores

The major objective of providing consultancy services to academia and industry is to promote science and technology with social benefits. PRIST University is also willing to serve as a resource hub in connecting strategic partners from academia and industries for business development.


Types of consultancy services provided

  • Product and process development for industries
  • Farming system and management for agriculturists/farmers
  • Solid waste and waste water management to industries
  • Business support in aromatic and medicinal plants cultivation and marketing
  • Production of bulk and fine chemicals, biomaterials and energy related products
  • Analytical support for students, researchers, industrial and technical professionals
  • Training programs for students and research scholars on innovative projects
  • Pollution monitoring control
  • Socio-economic development
  • Rural development