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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

PhD in India

From Agastyabhartha's blog

Somu to Prof. Sangal
Somu: Sir , I have heard from various corners and have heard you announce that IIIT aims at graduating 100 PhDs every year starting from the year 2010. I as a PhD student from IIIT would like to know how is it that the Institute is moving towards realising this?

Prof. Sangal: It is said that US produces 600 PhDs only from Information Science field; China it is said (someone from crowd says 2000); and India with all the IITs, BITS-Pilani and IISc, hardly produces 50 PhDs, combined together and it's a shame! IIIT wants to set itself a target which is respectable and challenging. That's how we are looking at the target.

Somu: That does not answer my question, Sir. What are the steps that the Institute is taking towards realising the target? [It requires 100 students who are enrolled for PhDs to think of producing 100 PhDs]

Prof. Sangal: Producing 100 PhDs is the toughest of the challenges that we have set for ourselves. As for the way in which we go about it, we are not yet clear. We are on the look out for a way.

Speaks for itself, doesn't it?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt the way is tough but at least they aim for it and are seriously working for it. Just compare their number of Phds with IIT-K CS or some other good IITs and you would find the number much-much greater in IIIT. Although 100 is a huge number no doubt but then that's what should be the aim if one wants to be one of the best research institute.
Its just 7 years dude !! still IIIT has a long way to go. And I guess with the current trend when 15-20% of the top Btech grads stay and convert to MS by Research (when the job scene is too good),the research environment has to be good,atleast I have a good fealing about the same. Well 100 Phd's ...may be a distant task but certainly not impossible in the future!!

1:12 AM, September 30, 2005

Blogger Sids said...


I've seen the research facilities and the commitment to research at IIIT, and there is one thing I can say...if anyone can achieve such a target, it is them.

1:31 AM, October 02, 2005

Blogger Imanpreet said...

Interesting, I really did not know that much about IIITH. Especially about their conversion ratio.

What I have always been surprised that why is there so much "indifference" in India students towards PhD in India. One of the reasons that I believe is that if we start comparing the research facilites in Indian grad schools to those in US, the difference is just too big.

But, it is nice to know that institutes like IIIT are coming forward to fill this long standing gap. Hope it all goes as well it is planned.

7:47 PM, October 02, 2005

Blogger agastyabhrata said...

hello, nice to see these comments.

I think you would surely be interested in my future post on the analysis of IIITH's professors on "PhD reluctance" and the efforts from their side to drive that away.

9:01 PM, October 02, 2005

Blogger Rajan said...

The impediment for PhD is largely cultural. In india we do not give great importance to PhD's. Also jobwise there is not much of an option in India atleast ( it is only of late HP Research, MSR, Infy Research, Intel Research etc are coming up ) . Thus there is no incentive for people to take up research. I have seen so many of my classmates dropping out of research
sooner or later. Btw I am one year junior to somu at IIITH

7:26 PM, January 16, 2006


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