Panjab University (PU) has added another feather to its cap by securing top rank given by the world renowned science journal, Nature, among the leading science institutions of the country.
In the special issue on Science in India, Nature India identified the leading science institutions by comparing the citation rates in Elsevier’s Scopus database of all Indian institutions, which had produced more than 2,000 papers between years 2010 and 2014.
Citation is the score of number of times a research paper is cited by peers in their researches globally. High citation scores have been the strong point of the university which has helped it in becoming top ranked university of the country in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the last two years. Citation impact score of some streams of the PU was even better than many top institutes of the world in the last rankings.
In the 2015 BRICS (the five emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and other emerging economies ranking, published by Times Higher Education, the PU rank slipped 26 places to finish at the 39th position with a score of 32.9. In these rankings, the weight assigned to citations was reduced from 30% to 20%, which led to the down fall.
PU vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover congratulated students, research scholars, alumni, staff and faculty members for yet another international recognition to the university. He added the recognition from the top science journal should further motivate the university in further excelling in the field of research and innovation.
Spelling out the reasons, Prof Grover said that the university faculty had been publishing high quality papers in international journals. The number of publication has increased over the years, he added.
Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) chief Prof Rajat Sandhir has credited the entire teaching fraternity and research scholars of the PU for the success. He added the faculty members were committed to put the university in first 200 institutions of the world. Dean university instructions Prof AK Bhandari and dean research Prof Lalit Bansal have also expressed their joy over the recent feat.