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Shivrath Center of Excellence in Clinical Research

Shivrath Center of Excellence in Clinical Research

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A clinical research organization (CRO) can provide independent product development services primarily for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. There are literally hundreds of CROs worldwide employing a workforce of nearly 100,000 professionals. The CRO market size is estimated at $10 billion and growing and revenue is increasing at an annual rate of 14 - 16 percent. It is estimated that nearly 20% of all global clinical trials will be conducted in India by 2010.

A strong foothold of the pharmaceutical industry in Gujarat has been able to foster the growth of the clinical trials activity in the State. Further, the establishment of Quintiles Spectral India Pvt Ltd. office in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in the year 1997 was a historic event in the Clinical Trials industry in India. It was probably amongst the first few Clinical Research Organizations that had set base in India and indeed the first multinational CRO to establish its subsidiary in the country.

The number of students passing out of the educational institutes with basic science degree (A postgraduate and graduate in Bioscience/life science (Biotech, Botany, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Chemistry, Pharmacy, medicine, Nursing) in India is very high. Yet, the industry is not able to find the right candidates. The most common reason cited is that the students passing out are not having industry orientation or diverse nature of the industry. To bridge this prevailing chaos and the gap between the demand and supply, several hardcore clinical research people from the academia and industry Shivrath Center of excellence in clinical research is developed under public private partnership. The center is now affiliated to Gujarat University to offer various courses in clinical research.


To enhance the capability, competency and expertise of the professionals engaged in developing, monitoring, conducting and supervising clinical trials in India and other Asian countries by way of specialized training programs.

Structure & Focus

This COE in clinical research is first of its own kind of center run as public private partnership between

  • State University
  • Government of Gujarat (Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission) &
  • Private Company (Synchron research services pvt. Ltd.)

Programs offered

  • M. Sc. in Clinical Research
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research (PGDCR)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Research (PGDACR)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trial Management (PGDCTM)

Page last updated on: 11/3/2014

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