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5 Year Integrated Doctoral Programs in Specialised Studies

We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

“You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered …

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in the right relation?
Where is your water?

Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside your leader.

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast.

It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try and hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, pish off the into the middle of the river, keep your eyes open, and our heads above water.

And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word ‘struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for."



The objective of the Integrated Doctoral Program at Srishti Manipal is to generate research knowledge creation towards new directions of Creative Practice, keeping in mind the Rights of Nature and the domain field of Aesthetics.

The program is born out of a need to re-interpret our world and create a Planetary Society and an Ecological Civilisation. Recognizing that there are alternate realities and other ways of beings that exist in parallel with our own has created a space for vital new research in knowledge systems, thought and practices.

Focusing on land and livelihoods, impact-based entrepreneurship, landscape approaches to conservation, design education the resultant research aims to provide practice based and practice-led knowledge through the lens of art, design, craft and technology. We encourage research emphasis in areas such as: Public History, Living Heritages, Critical Geography, Agroecology, Ethnobiology and Small Farm Cultures, Documentary Film-making, Digital Humanities, Translation Practices, Hybrid and Appropriate Technologies, Environmental Education, Ecological Consciousness, Visual and Media studies, Cultural Studies and Knowledge systems, Public Policy and Advocacy, Creative and Ecological Economy.

Practice-based and Practice-led research is encouraged in this program where practice may refer to media, art or design practices, ecological practices that are site based and immersive, textual/epistemological traditions, study of diverse forms of practice.

Please refer to our:

Research and Collaborations

Following areas of interests are offered under this program

Post Development Studies

For more information about this program, kindly email Vidhu Gandhi at

Critical Design Discourse

For more information about this program, kindly email Dr. Naveen Bagalkot at or Padmini Nagaraja at

Reimagining Transitions

For more information about this program, kindly email Deepta Sateesh at

Admission Process and Eligibility for the Integrated Doctoral Programs in Specialised Studies