Friday, October 09, 2009

Scientific fields in which India's contributions are strong

A recent report entitled India: Research and Collaboration in the New Geography of Science has some info on India's relative strength in different fields of science.

Overall, India has a 3 % share in scientific publications -- its researchers published 30,000 papers in 2008.

The top five areas in which India's share is high (during the period 2004-08) are:

Chemistry: 5.71%
Agricultural Sciences: 5.65%
Materials Science: 4.81%
Pharmacology and Toxicology: 4.25%
Plant & Animal Science 3.77%

Interestingly, India's share is over 8 % in four subfields: Agricultural Engineering, Tropical Medicine, Organic Chemistry, Dairy and Animal Science.


  1. Anonymous said...

    Excepting for Chemistry and Material Science lots of scope for progress in fields researched in IIXs. Besides departments, IIXs at the research level should be categorized and ranked based on research subfields. That will also help a PhD candidate choose a particular insti based on what he wants to work in and not solely on the overall positiveness of the insti. or dept.