IISc Is Quite Ahead Of IITs

There are a total of 23 IITs in India at present. Kharagpur and Bombay IITs –which are the oldest fell far beyond IISc, survey reveals.

Hyderabad: Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science has eclipsed Indian Institutes of Technology on all fronts, according to a survey.

” IITs are yet to match the research performance of the IISc (the Indian Institute of Science, which is an indigenously created institution unlike many older IITs established under foreign mentorship. The comparison indicates that IITs have a long way to go if they have to become comparable to the best institutions in India and the world in terms of research performance,” study’s lead author, Vivek Kumar Singh, Department of Computer Science of the Banaras Hindu University said.
Computational analysis carried mostly on research front and the performance of 16 relatively older Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the country. There are a total of 23 IITs in India at present. Kharagpur and Bombay IITs –which are the oldest fell far beyond IISc, survey reveals.

The study was carried out by parsing through research publication data indexed in Web of Science. The data was examined to identify productivity, productivity per capita, rate of growth of research output, authorship and collaboration pattern, citation impact and discipline-wise research strengths of the different IITs.

In another finding, IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Bombay, are far behind in research performance of the two top ranking world universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT-USA) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore),  the analysis found.

Another important conclusion is that majority of the research output from IITs is in physics, chemistry and mathematics disciplines while research in engineering disciplines lags behind substantially.

“IITs being primarily engineering and technology institutions, should produce more research work in core engineering disciplines,” Singh said.

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