One of the biggest allegations emerging out of the JNU sedition row is that taxpayers' money is being wasted by students of central universities and other higher education institutions.
However, according to reputed science, technical and medical publisher Elsevier, India's global share, at least in terms of scholarly output in science and technology, has risen from 3.1% in 2009 to 4.4% in 2013.
The report looks at the publication output by countries, based on peer-reviewed journals. In India, publications from 30 institutions were surveyed.
Here are some of the major findings from the report:
In 2014, 112,009 papers were produced, increasing by a meagre 5%.
In 2009, India's output crossed Spain, Australia, Korea, Brazil, Sweden and Singapore. In 2013, India even crossed Canada and Italy.
India's global share during this period increased from 1.7% to 2.2%.
India's top three institutions in science and technology in this period were the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Delhi.
Engineering papers are cited the most (still 6% less than the world average), followed by materials science and veterinary science.
However, the highest share of publications in India are a result of institutional collaboration, followed by national-level collaborations, and the least, single-author.
India is taking small steps and improving, even crossing China. "On the quality side, although we see an overall impact that is below the world's average, there is a rising share of higher-quality articles from India. Articles from India that resulted from international collaboration show impressively high quality, at more than twice the impact of articles from a single institute," said Dr Michiel Kolman, senior vice-president of academic relations at Elsevier.
Edited by Shreyas Sharma
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