Research productivity is another area of strength for universities in India, which claim six of the top-10 spots when comparing BRICS institutions on the number of papers published per faculty member. This correlates with the highly qualified, if stretched, academic staff at India’s leading institutions. Here again the highest scorers are almost all within the IIT group, with the notable exception of the University of Mumbai, which ranks 5th among BRICS universities on this indicator, two places behind the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
In terms of research impact, however, the list looks somewhat different. India’s highest entrant when considering citations per paper is Panjab University, which comes third among BRICS institutions on this measure. The University of Delhi and Banaras Hindu University also make the top 25, followed by the University of Madras (31st), while the highest ranked IIT this time is the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (40th).
The picture in terms of internationalization – assessed by proportion of international faculty members and international students – is not quite so promising. Only Pondicherry University appears within the BRICS top 100 for proportion of international faculty, and just two Indian universities are within the top 100 for proportion of international students. These two, however, do stand out; the University of Madras comes 11th on this indicator, and Manipal University 26th.