Hyderabad: Only 10 Indian scientists are in the list of 4,000 top scientists of the world, according to a comparative analysis carried out by Calarviate Analytics. The list has been compiled after research work and papers were studied.
Interestingly, none of the scientists who made it to the list, belong to IISc; IITs or even the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Dr C.N.R. Rao, who is the advisor to the Scientific Council of the Prime Minister, JNU’s professor of Environmental Sciences Dinesh Mohan, Dr Ashok Pandey of Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research and others from smaller institutes are on the list.
Until last year, only 5 people could make it to the list and with a cross field category introduced, the number has risen to 10.
A senior scientist at IICT explained, “The research ecosystem in terms of methods has to improve. Also the research work must be translated into being of utility for the society. This activity will enrich the role of science in society building and more and more researchers will then get recognised.”
Dr Mohan’s team came up with a solution to biomass burning by converting the waste into bio char which helped to improve the fertility of the soil and also improved crop productivity. The work revolved around waste water, low cost sorbents and bio-fuel production which was going to help rural India.
The others who have made it are Dr Rajeev Vashney for his research in agriculture, Dr Avinsh Aggarwal, Dr Alok and Dr Jyoti Mittal who are working on water treatment and green chemistry, Dr Rajnish Kumar who is working on industrial and electric engineering, Dr Sanjeeb Sahoo on nanotechnology and Dr S. Rathinaswamy on applied and computational mathematics.