The information was part of a report named “State of Indian Universities in the Global Academic Rankings” received by the President from O.P. Jindal Global University and the Indian Centre for Academic Rankings and Excellence (ICARE) here at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The report also said that in the BRICS Rankings 2016, India continues to hold its position in the top 10 with IISC at Rank No. 6.
“India has eight institutions in the top 50 which is the same as Russia and one more than Brazil. From 31 institutions in the rankings last year, India today has 44 institutions in the top 250 of the QS BRICS Rankings 2016. The University of Delhi has taken a lead by rising from 46 last year to 41 this year,” said the report.
“India is in the Top 10 Research Producing Nations Globally. In a decade and a half, India has produced over 1.4 million Research Papers attracting a massive 8.5 million Citations (7.4 citations per paper). During the same period, the Indian Scientific Community filed 4.6 Lakh Patent applications. A total of 1,29,481 scientific papers were published by Indian authors in 2015,” added the report.
“Education as the alchemy can bring India its next golden age,” said President Mukherjee.
The President said that many universities were earlier doing well but not enough data was being provided to ranking agencies.
“This situation is now changing. Indian universities lag behind in exchange of faculty and students with foreign universities. The President pointed out that he has taken with him delegations of Vice Chancellors on almost all State visits. The academic interaction these Vice Chancellors have had with their counterparts was the most productive part of his visits,” said Mukherjee.