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NEW DELHI: India has seen an exponential increase in the number of scientific publications in the last 10 years and is in third position globally after China and the United States, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) said on Friday.
Of the 13,045 patents in 2017-18, up to 1,937 were from Indians.
Of the 15,550 patents filed by Indians at the Indian Patent Office during the period, 65 percent were filed in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Delhi, the DST said.
India’s national investment in research and development (R&D) has increased from Rs 1.13,825 crore in 2017-18 to Rs 1.23,847 crore in 2018-19. At the same time, various DST initiatives such as the National Initiative for the Development and Harnessing of Innovations (NIDHI) have played a crucial role in achieving this position, the DST said.
The implementation of initiatives such as NIDHI has nurtured 3,681 startups through the network of around 150 incubators created by the DST and generated intellectual property in 1992.
Furthermore, in the last five years, the jobs generated in the form of direct employment were 65,864 and Rs 27,262 crore of economic wealth, it added.
“The number of publications has increased exponentially in the last 10 years.
“According to data from the US agency, National Science Foundation (NSF), India currently ranks third, only behind China and the United States, with 1,35,788 scientific articles in 2018,” said the DST.
The NSF database shows that India’s scientific publication growth rate was 12.9 percent, compared to the world average of 4.9 percent, the DST said.
India recorded the fastest average annual growth rate of publications between 2008 and 2018 at 10.73%. By comparison, the average annual growth rate for China and the United States is 7.81 and 0.71 percent, respectively.
“Our efforts to connect the ecosystem of invention that excels in creating knowledge and the ecosystem of innovation that facilitates the consumption of knowledge have helped achieve this transformation, and the Fifth National Policy on Science, Technology and Innovation will help us carry this out. forward more effectively, “said Ashutosh Sharma, DST Secretary. said.

Times of India

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