IIT-Madras files 248 patent applications, the most among all IITs in India

Leading  the pack of the country’s premier educational institutes in terms of patents, the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras (IIT-M) has filed applications for, and secured, the most number of patents among IITs.

Published: 14th September 2016 04:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2016 05:40 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Leading  the pack of the country’s premier educational institutes in terms of patents, the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras (IIT-M) has filed applications for, and secured, the most number of patents among IITs.

According to the Human Resource Development Ministry, IIT Madras has filed 248 patent applications thus far, of which 13 have been approved, indicating a robust research ecosystem in its campus.

Having been awarded 10 patents out of a total of 205 applications, IIT Bombay comes in a close second, followed by IIT Delhi with 100 patent applications. In all, 453 patent applications have been filed by the 16 IITs across the country.

In terms of research publication – a key factor for acquiring global recognition – IIT Kharagpur leads the way with 4,719 publications to its credit, followed by IIT Bombay with 4,488 publications and IIT Delhi with 4,344. In all, the IITs have 25,164 research publications to their credit.

Significantly, IIT Roorkee, which had hogged the limelight for striking dozens of first-year students off its rolls for low grades, has 3,766 research publications to its credit, of which 1,896 research papers have been published in international journals.

But as far as research fellows are concerned, the institute has 4,062 of them – way below IIT Bombay which has 9,117 research fellows.  IIT Kharagpur comes third with 3,640, followed by IIT Delhi with 2,298. This is one domain where IIT-Madras fares rather poorly, with a mere 187 research fellows.

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