New Delhi: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has ranked first in the Nature Ranking Index-2020. The rankings are based on total research output which the institutions have carried out from 1 December 2018 to 30 November 2019. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, has ranked second.
CSIR, New Delhi, has achieved the top position with 142 counts and a share percentage of 87.74 while IISC-Bengaluru stands second with 211 counts and 83.61 in share percentage. The total research output indicated the counts (which mean total citations in numbers) and shares (which mean the sharing percentage per article). The top subjects associated with the research work include: Earth and Environmental Sciences, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Life Sciences.
The third place in India was secured by thee Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR-Mumbai) with a research count of 232 and share percentage of 62.18. Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI); Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-Bombay); Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-Madras); Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS); Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata (IISER-Kolkata); Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-Guwahati); and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER-Pune); are among the other institutions that ranked on the list.
In a recent meeting of the CSIR Society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the work of this institute. He suggested that the scientists should work on topics like 5G, artificial intelligence, water conservation, malnutrition, prosperity of farmers through science & technology, and manufacturing of inexpensive and durable batteries for renewable energy storage.
Dr Shekhar Mande, Director General, CSIR has expressed his happiness over the CSIR ranking. In his tweet he mentioned he is happy and proud with the development of the CSIR family.
About 4,600 scientists are actively involved in CSIR’s 38 laboratories across the country, supported by about 8,000 scientific and technical personnel. The institute works in various disciplines and fields of science and technology, including radio and space physics, ocean science, geophysics, chemistry, medicine, genomics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, mining, aeronautics, equipment manufacturing, environmental engineering, and information technology (IT). On average, CSIR files about 200 Indian patents and 250 foreign patents annually.
Jyoti Singh is a contributor at India Science Wire.