At a time when India is being looked at as the next big knowledge superpower, this could come as a shocker: just 3.5% of global research output in 2010 was from India, according to a study by Thomson Reuters, writes Kounteya Sinha for The Times of India.
In most disciplines, India's share in global research output was below this overall average count. India's share of world research output in clinical medicine was a paltry 1.9% in 2010, with psychiatry at 0.5%, neurosciences at 1.4%, immunology at 1.8%, molecular biology at 2.1% and environmental research at 3.5%. In mathematics, India's share of world output stood at around 2% in 2010, while it was 17% for China. In materials sciences, India's share was at 6.4% while China's stood at 26%, and India's physics research was 4.6% while China's was 19%.
"India has been the sleeping giant of Asia. Research in the university sector, stagnant for at least two decades, is now accelerating but it will be a long haul to restore India as an Asian knowledge hub,” said the report submitted to the Department of Science and Technology.
Full report on the Times of India site
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