The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) have emerged as leaders in university-industry-government (UIG) collaborations in the last decade, according to new analysis of India’s research and innovation landscape.

UIG collaborations were mapped based on data corresponding to all research publications indexed in Web of Science database during 2005 to 2014.

“A total of 459,164 publication records from India were downloaded.  Out of this 235,036 research records involved some kind of multi-institution collaboration,” said Vivek Kumar Singh of the Department of Computer Science, Banaras Hindu University.

“All publication records were analysed to see if they have affiliations from at least two institutions from different sectors (university, industry and government).  All the records were then accordingly labelled as UI (university-industry), UG (university-government), IG (industry-government) or UIG (university-industry-government) instances,” Vivek Singh said.

This enabled the researchers to identify the top 10 institutions from the university, industry and government sectors which are part of UI, IG, UG and UIG collaborations.

While IITs were the top participating institutions in UI, UG, IG, UIG collaborations, TIFR figured next in both IG and UIG linkages.  The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre clinched the second spot in UI and UG partnerships respectively.

The IITs and TIFR also made it to the top five UI and UG collaborative pairs in the country.

Source: Times of India