SIRO Recognition


Hope Foundation and Research Centre is recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. Click below to view the approval / renewal status of the SIRO Recognition:-

The “Pralhad P. Chhabria Research Center (PPCRC),” has been established in the year 2016 in memory of Late Shri. Pralhad P. Chhabria, iconic businessman and the Founder Chairman of the Finolex Group of Companies. His lifelong commitment towards fostering social development in India, led him to establish “Hope Foundation and Research Centre” that is pursuing its charitable objectives in the fields of education, research and medical relief for over 42+ years.

PPCRC is a constituent of Hope Foundation’s International Institute of Information Technology (I²IT) established to promote and undertake academics, research & development, capacity building, software development & consulting activities. PPCRC operates as a dedicated in-house Research, Development, Consultancy and Collaboration Centre of I²IT, Pune and is an eminent wing of academics and research across the globe to churn out the various technological solutions for the betterment of quality of life. I²IT has currently three Centre’s of Excellence in Geoinformatics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Computing & Cyber Security. Research and Development activities are carried on in several diverse fields of engineering and technology including AI, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning, DRR, Geoinformatics, IoT, Space Science, Big Data Computation, Open GIS etc.

We are actively engaged with international research institutes and academic bodies in fostering research & development activities in space technology in the Asean region along with partners from Malaysian & Thai space agencies. It has also led collaborations with tech innovations which have relevance to Predictive Modelling, Risk Assessment, Design Thinking on Sensors, Seismic Early Warning with domain experts from India and abroad. Several Sponsored Research Projects have been undertaken by us which are funded by Governmental & International Agencies such as Asean India Science, Technology & Innovation Cooperation, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, International Bilateral Cooperation Scheme and the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

We are also engaged into consultancy activities with giants in mapping industries like Tom Tom which is the leading independent location Technology specialist in mapping services such as editing, alignment, shifting and validating. We have a core team of AWS certified educators and professional trainers in the domain of cloud practitioner, solutions architects and ethical hacking. Also, we are the first institute in the world to develop Conversational AI coursework in association with Amazon Alexa India and Wisely Wise Singapore. We are also executing software consultancy projects for Codex Healthcare Private Limited in the healthcare sector, wherein we have developed India’s 1st digital platform for Hospitals and Medical Colleges to do Capital Investment Planning and Procure Medical Technologies. Also, we developed a “Covid Tracker” with the Thane Municipal Corporation for the medical frontline staff for handling with surging Covid cases in the Mumbai region. To add, we are also closely working with Government bodies, International agencies, NGOs, Institutes of National importance like IIT’s, International academic bodies, Open Source Communities and multinational companies for joint research collaborations, consultancy and outreach activities.

The Research & Development team of the Institute has a vast experience of over 20+ years in in software development, managing software development and sponsored research & consultancy projects with International agencies such as United Nations, ADPC, Erasmus+, US AOARD, French Ministry of External Affairs and the Government of India.  This team has a perfect blend of skill sets and expertise in software product designing, developing, commissioning and support to project planning, budgeting and other related aspects. Our experience in international collaborative research in niche domains and tailored capacity building programs, keeps our pace up with market trends, innovations and research. Our team’s agility and adaptability is at par to handle any software development projects and applications ranging from oil & gas to healthcare sector and land to deep space mapping. We have in-house expertise in all the latest IT technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Mobile App Development (Both iOS and Android), Web Apps, which are used for full stack development. The overall advantage of the PPCRC is being in the midst of an academic institution and having access to a huge technological resource pool.