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IIT-B, TIFR register strong growth in research output

Posted on: February 14, 2012

Source : Indian Express
PUBLICATIONS in journals and patents are considered indicators of research activity and technological capability of an institution. On these parameters, the country’s premier institute, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, has shown a considerable and steady growth over the past few years.

While patents filed at IIT Bombay have gone up by almost 400 per cent from 2006 to 2011, the number of publications in national and international journals during the same period account for at least two per faculty per year.

“As far as our patents and publications are concerned, we are on the right trajectory. We are growing steadily but our focus is on the quality and not numbers,” said professor Rangan Banerjee, dean of research and development at IIT Bombay.

According to figures given by IIT Bombay, the number of distinct patents applications filed in India and abroad was 16 in 2006, 21 in 2007, 29 in 2008 and 31 in 2009. The numbers saw a massive jump 2010 onwards when 81 patents were filed, while 77 were filed in 2011. “The patent granting process in the Indian system takes considerable time. It takes three to four years from filing the application to granting of patents. We have a very successful conversion rate at IIT Bombay and most of our applications get granted,” said a senior professor.

Similarly, the number of publications in national and international journals have been on the rise — 805 in 2006, 1,049 in 2007, 1,091 in 2008, 1,065 in 2009, 1,226 in 2010 and 1,067 in 2011.

“The output ranges between two to three publications per faculty each year, but we are not yet in the range of three or four. There has definitely been a rise, and efforts put in by faculty members are showing but we cannot suddenly ramp up the numbers. Also, we feel that numbers alone are not an indication of quality,” said the professor.

At yet another top research institute, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), the number of papers published in national and international journals is up by nearly 50 per cent from 2006-07 academic year to 2010-11 academic year. In 2006, which saw 424 publications, the numbers grew gradually to 507 (2007-08), 515 (2008-09), 579 (2009-10) and 621 (2010-11).

“The number of young faculty joining the institute has gone up. The increase in publications can be attributed to the rise in faculty intake and greater access to facilities,” said Kishore Menon, officer in charge of public relations at TIFR.

However, the number of patents filed by the institute has not been significant. According to institute figures, 20 patents have been filed from 1999 till date. “The reason is that TIFR is involved in basic research and very few patents can be filed from this kind of research,” said an official, requesting anonymity.

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