Saturday, March 16, 2013

Funded Research at IIT-B

It's always good to see data on our academic institutions' dependence on public funding for research. Here's some for IIT-B in this Indian Express report (figures in crores of rupees; 1 crore = 10 million):

Financial Year Government Agencies Indian Industries International Organizations Total
2007-08 56.80 13.60 2.70 73.10
2008-09 52.07 14.28 6.39 72.76
2009-10 81.49 13.76 6.99 102.25
2010-11 154.91 15.37 9.50 179.79
2011-12 162.68 18.33 8.93 189.95

The more than 2.5-fold increase in funding is largely due to the sharp increase -- note especially the three-fold jump between 2008 and 2010 -- in government funding, whose share of the overall kitty has gone up from a little under 78 % in 2007-08 to just over 85% in 2011-12.


  1. gautam barua said...

    The increases could be due to a few "big" projects that have been funded. So we need more info to see if there is a trend here, or if these are just "humps". The trend in the other two categories are pretty flat.

  2. Abi said...

    @Gautam Barua: Point taken. On the other hand, the funding levels seem to be holding at the higher level. For example, after reaching 154 crores in 2010-11, it has grown a bit to 162 crores in the following year.

  3. Abi said...

    And I forgot to mention one other thing. The news report talks about the overall R&D funding going up all the way to 250 crores this year.