A wake-up call for the researchersComing to the topic of research work being done in our country,the picture is not very impressive.In terms of research productivity,India has 7.8 scientists per 1,000 population compared to 180.66 in Canada, 139.16 in the Russian Federation, 53.13 in Korea and 21.15 in the U.S according to a survey.
Though the number of institutions participating in research in India increased in the last 10 years, 80% of the publications come only from 10% of the institutions. In terms of publication output measured by the number of papers published in journals indexed by Web of Science, the Indian share has remained flat under 3% for the last 10 years.
The share of Brazil, South Korea and China has substantially increased during the same period, putting India in the 13th position.
Less than 1% of the total students enrolled in higher education are pursuing Ph.D. and this is not in pace with the overall growth of students in the higher education sector.
What is the main reason behind this consistent lack of interest in research work?