The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is on top of the Nature Ranking Index-2020. The ranking is based on total research output in 2018 – 2019. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, is ranked second and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, is in the third position.
CSIR came in top position with 142 counts and a 87.74 share percentage. IISC-Bengaluru had 211 counts and 83.61 share percentage. The TIFR had a research count of 232 and 62.18 share percent. The total research output means total number of citations and shares mean percentage of sharing per article. Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Life Sciences and Physical Science are the top subjects of research.
Homi Bhabha National Institute, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, are the other institutes in the list.
CSIR Director General Dr Shekhar Mande expressed his happiness over the Institute coming on top in the ranking. The Institute has about 4,600 scientists in 38 laboratories across the country. The institute works in various disciplines of science and technology. The fields associated with CSIR are aeronautics, ocean science, Radio and space physics, nanotechnology, geophysics, medicine, chemistry, genomics, biotechnology, equipment manufacturing, mining, information technology and environmental engineering. The Institute files about 200 Indian patents and 250 foreign patents a year.