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Stanford study rates Indian institutes on social science research

Published On: 27 Jan 2014 | Last Updated On: 27 Jan 2014

A handful of premier Indian educational institutes have bagged top places in a study on Indian social science research, conducted by the renowned Stanford University, Graduate School of Business. The survey ranked Indian institutes on the basis of their output in the field of social science research.

According to the study, the institutes and universities were rated in four different categories, namely, Business and Management, Sociology, Demography and Family Studies, Economics as well as Psychology.

The premier Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM Bangalore) has been rated as the topper in the 'Business and Management' segment of the study. The second spot was bagged by the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi). Next comes the IIM Calcutta, the Indian School of Business Hyderabad (ISB Hyderabad) and the Management Development Institute Gurgaon (MDI Gurgaon). The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc Bangalore) has acquired the 10th position and the Indian Statistical Institute Bangalore (ISI Bangalore) is at 27.

Featuring in the Sociology, Demography and Family Studies category, two Bangalore based institutes, namely, the Institute of Social and Economic Change and the National Institute of Advanced Studies have bagged the 16th and 31st positions respectively.

The ranking was made on the basis of few fixed variables such as the total number of “peer-reviewed journal articles" submitted by an institute as well as the total number of citations acquired by such articles. Moreover, the ratings presented a list of journals where Indian scholars have published over five articles during the last decade.

IIM Bangalore officials have claimed that the survey reports reflect the institute’s focus on quality research in multiple areas of study. Moreover, the report offers a complete picture of where Indian social science researchers have been publishing.

As per sources from Stanford, the raw data which was utilized for the rankings was obtained from the ISI Web of Knowledge of a media firm. This data comprised all articles published in any of the 3015 journals of social science which are indexed by ISI (which includes Indian and foreign journals), by an author who is affiliated to an institute or university based in India between the years 2000 and 2010. Such data was sub-set so that only institutes which had over 20 publications featuring in any social science category during the 10-year period would be included. The final list included 61 institutes and universities. Overall, the institutes were rated as per their research output (citations as well as publications) in the aforementioned four categories.

Source: The Times of India

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