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NPG Released Nature Publishing Index 2014: IIT’ S Publications

Nature Publishing Index 2014: here

“The Nature Index tracks the affiliations of high-quality scientific articles. Updated monthly, the Nature Index presents recent research outputs by institution and country. Use the Nature Index to interrogate publication patterns and to benchmark research performance.”


The growing contribution to science of Chinese institutions such as Chinese Academy of Sciences is one striking pattern revealed in the recently launched Nature Index. High quality science outputs of 20,000 institutions worldwide can now be easily analysed with the new Nature Index. A freely accessible website is available at and to celebrate this beta release, the Nature Index 2014 Global is published as a supplement to Nature.

The Nature Index database tracks the author affiliations of nearly 60,000 high quality scientific articles published per year, disambiguating over 20,000 research institutions worldwide. The database is compiled by Nature Publishing Group in collaboration with Digital Science.

Articles included in the Nature Index are drawn from 68 natural science journals, identified by researchers as where they would choose to publish their best work. The journals were selected by two independent panels of active scientists, chaired by Professor John Morton (University College London) and Dr Yin-Biao Sun (Kings College, London). More than 2,800 responses to a large-scale survey were used to validate the selections. Nature Publishing Group estimates that these 68 journals account for about 30 percent of total citations to natural science journals.

A rolling 12-month snapshot of data from the Nature Index is openly available under a Creative Commons license at, so that users can analyse scientific research outputs themselves. On the index website, an institution’s output of articles can be viewed across the 12-month data window and by broad subject area. International and domestic collaborations are also shown for each institution. A fractional count indicates an institution’s contribution to an article, taking into account the percentage of authors from an institution (or country) and the number of affiliated institutions per article.
Coverage: 1 September 2013 – 31 August 2014 ( This is a beta release of the Nature Index )


IIT’s (A-Z):

  1. IIT Bhubaneswar(21)
  2. IIT Bombay(81)
  3. IIT Delhi(33)
  4. IIT Gandhinagar(3)
  5. IIT Guwahati(44)
  6. IIT Hyderabad(4)
  7. IIT Indore(21)
  8. IIT Kanpur(51)
  9. IIT Kharagpur(24)
  10. IIT Madras(39)
  11. IIT Mandi(2)
  12. IIT Patna (name not found)
  13. IIT Rajasthan (No research outputs available)
  14. IIT Roorkee (4)
  15. IIT Ropar (3)

IISc (150)


Japan aid to IIT-Hyderabad


Japan will provide $174.8 million (around 870 cr) loan as development aid to the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H), the biggest-ever foreign aid to an IIT, which experts said will have a leapfrog effect on the standard of higher education in the state and boost infrastructure.

Armed with the financial aid, IIT-H will erect nine state-of-the-art buildings, including a special technology centre, new academic blocks and a research park.

Authorities will also use some portion of the money to acquire lab equipment and officials said they would expand its current capacity and student strength from existing 1000 plus to more than 7,500 by 2018.

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India’s lab for higher education










Professor Uday Desai,  Director,  IIT  Hyderabad.

(Photo Courtesy of Higher Education )

“…..IN Australia, IITan is not a household word. It’s shorthand for engineering celebrity: a graduate from one of the elite Indian institutes of technology.

“If you go to Silicon Valley, that is where we started getting our fame,” says Uday Desai, director of Hyderabad’s new IIT. “Almost 60 per cent of the start-ups from Silicon Valley have a representative from an IIT.”

Source: Higher Education

The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) is planning to approach the IITs

“The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) is planning to approach the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other prominent technological universities in the country to devise metro rail specific courses for engineering students, and train them to handle both the technical and management sides of metro rail operations in the next five years.”

more details see  Source: here

Common placement structure for all IITs

“The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are mulling a “semi-formal structure” comprising placement heads across all IITs to help coordinate and collate all placement-related activities.

IIT placement heads across all IITs met at IIT-Bombay (IIT-B) on Friday to discuss placement-related
experiences for this season.

So far, the institutes coordinated on an informal level, though each follows its own placement policy.

The proposed body would meet twice a year. “We want to proactively ensure that students and recruiters have a similar experience regardless of which IIT they choose to go to,” said Ravi Sinha, who is in-charge of placements at IIT-B.”

Source: Hindustan Times

Research papers will be available in public domain:IIT Madras

“IIT-Madras intends to make circle of knowledge complete

2012-13 was declared the year of science by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last year, and there is a lot of effort being made all over the country to not only intensify the quantity and quality of research but also ensure greater access for all. For instance, IIT-Madras plans to make available its research papers in all disciplines online, in the public domain. The institute already provides e-learning through online web and video courses in engineering, science and humanities streams through NPTEL.
The attempt now is to convince faculty members to upload their research papers into the institution’s repository, says Mangala Sunder Krishnan, Web Coordinator (NPTEL). The move will not only benefit students and faculty members but will also help the circle of knowledge to be complete, he says.
What IIT- Madras plans to do is follow an Open Access policy that would make the access of journals and scientific research public and many other educational organisations plan to follow suite. “Most research publications stay locked up in commercial journals and are inaccessible to many. Open Access is the best way to ensure that research produced in the developing world gets wider visibility,” says Francis Jayakanth, a library-trained scientific assistant based at the National Centre for Science Information, the information centre of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Mr. Jayakanth has been instrumental in creating an institutional repository ePrints@IISc that has over 32,000 publications by researchers.”
Source: Hindu news paper
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