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CREST Bangalore - Research

Requirements and Eligibility of research candidates:

The Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation has been recognized as a research centre by the University of Mysore (UOM). Any research undertaken through the foundation will qualify for a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).

All activities pertaining to Research will be coordinated by CREST, Bangalore.

SMSF invites willing candidates to conduct Inter disciplinary research in the Sahaj Marg Philosophy.

Eligibility Criteria: (As per UGC regulation)

Any master’s degree/other equivalent degree from UOM or from any other university/institution recognized by UOM as equivalent thereto, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 55% marks or the equivalent.

However, this condition is relaxed to 50% in case of SC/ST/Category-I candidates.

Initially, the SMSF Application Form for applying to the Ph.D will have to be filled and sent to crest.research@sahajmarg.org


  1. Candidates will be selected based on their merit, availability of suitable guides and the research topic chosen by them.
  2. Candidates need to go through a 5 days workshop - ‘Orientation Programme for Research Aspirants’ (OPRA) at CREST, Bangalore.
  3. Post OPRA candidates have to write the SMSF internal written examination. The reference books for this test are given below**. This will be followed by a viva.
  4. Selected candidates from the SMSF internal written examination will have to write an entrance exam as per UOM norms:
    1. Examinations will be conducted in January/February, 2017.
    2. Provisional registration will be based on securing 55% in this entrance exam.
  5. Candidates who have cleared the UoM entrance exams earlier and have not registered for Ph.D for any reason, need to attend OPRA, take the internal examination and viva. This is mandatory.
  6. The candidate who clears the UoM entrance exam will have to complete a 16-weeks course work at CREST Bangalore, which will be followed by a course work examination conducted by UoM.
  7. After fulfillment of the above criteria, the candidates will be eligible to register for the Ph.D programme.
  8. A candidate shall be guided by a Research Guide recognized by the UoM.
  9. Foreign nationals*** :
    1. Have to attend OPRA and take the internal exams – both written and oral.
    2. Have to obtain a valid Research Visa (not Student Visa, X Visa, Tourist Visa or any other form of Visa) for pursuing research in UoM.
    3. Have to obtain a certificate of eligibility issued by the UoM.
    4. Need not appear for the UoM entrance examination.
    5. Have to complete a 16-weeks course work and take the course work examination.
  10. Fee structure will be as per the regulations of UoM.

* Hardcopy of Application along with the enclosures should reach CREST, Bangalore on or before Monday, October 3, 2016 - 5 PM, incomplete applications will not be accepted.

** Literature to be read as per books mentioned below for SMSF Internal Written Examination & Viva:

1. Complete Works of Ram Chandra Vol I.
2. What is Sahaj Marg?
3. Revealing the Personality
4. Role of Master in Human Evolution
5. My Master
6. Love & Death

*** SMSF will accept the applications on the understanding that it’s the responsibility of the applicant to apply for a research visa and fulfill the eligibility criteria. Note: Foreign Nationals must attend OPRA

For any further queries contact: crest.research@sahajmarg.org,

Mobile: (91)8197015030/ (91)80-28432048


Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation has been recognised by the University of Mysore as a Research Centre. We therefore invite applications from Ph.D holders who fulfill the following criteria and who are willing to take up the responsibility of working as research guides at CREST, Bangalore:
a) Should be willing to work as a permanent faculty member at CREST*
b) Should be less than fifty eight years of age
c) Should have three years' experience teaching PG students (M.A/MBA/M.Sc/M.Com)
d) Should have guided at least one person in their Ph.D work
e) Should have published a minimum of three papers in any reputable journal

Please forward your CV and this application form along with copies of your Masters and Ph.D degree certificates, your SSC mark card as proof of your date of birth, and two recent passport-size photographs to following address: The Director, CREST, Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation, Off Kanakapura Road, Kaggalipura village, Bangalore 560 082. email: crest.research@sahajmarg.org

*Even though working at some other institution. As a faculty ready to provide support to our Research Centre scholars enrolled at CREST, Bangalore..