True to its reputation, the Indian Institutes of Technology top the charts for being the hub of scientific inventions in India, leaving behind scores of other universities.
The study on patent activity in India by the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS) has found that IITs account for more than 55 per cent of the total patents registered by universities in India.
Analysing data for 1990-2002, the institute found that IITs registered 80 patents of the total 171 granted to Indian universities. Second came Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology with a figure of 41, followed by the Indian Institute of Science with 19 patents. The figure for the remaining 18 universities or educational institutions is in single digits. However, IITs have no patents against its name in the United States.
The good news for IITs is that unlike other educational institutions they have stepped up research activity since 1999 resulting in registration of as many as 40 patents during the period.
The IITs have also out-scored other educational institutions in the area of collaborative research though not much activity has been noticed in this sector by NISTAD.
"The university-industry interaction is limited but it is a still a good beginning," the study states.
The issue of declining scientific research vis-à-vis Indian universities also finds a mention in the study.