The Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in the city has made the greatest impact on science in the country, according to an analysis of 90,958 papers published by Indian scientists and indexed by the Science Citation Index during 2010-2011.
The study was published in the Journal of Information Management, said Prof C N R Rao at a press meet to announce the silver jubilee celebrations of the institute.
Rao is the chairman of the scientific advisory council to the Prime Minister and honorary president of JNCASR. “India cannot make excuses any more. We are being looked at as competition in science. In materials research, we are as good as the rest of the world,” he said.
In nanoscience, the Indian Institute of Science and the JNCASR form the largest group working in the area, he said. “India is number three in the world in nanoscience, while China and the USA are number one and two respectively,” Rao added.
A faculty meet and an in-house symposium will be held at the institute in Jakkur, from November 18-20.
The institute has seven major areas of research — chemistry and physics of materials, engineering mechanics, evolutionary and organismal biology, molecular biology and genetics, theoretical sciences, educational technology and geodynamics.
JNCASR has the only HIV research lab in India and is planning to add a group on brain research.