Higher Education

Higher education institutions play a central role in developing the human, social, and knowledge capital of the STI ecosystems. The Centre’s work on higher education is focused on:

(a) scientometric  studies of publications from Indian institutions with a view to elucidate their research productivity and strengths in different fields of science and technology, and

(b) a study on doctoral education in India whose aim is to assess the level and quality of training received by doctoral students to prepare them for both academic and non-academic careers.

The project on Doctoral Education in India is a multi-institution collaboration led by DST-CPR at IISc, with project investigators drawn from the University of Washington (Prof. Maresi Nerad, who is a visiting professor at our Centre), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Prof. Neeta Inamdar), Jindal Global University (Prof. Anamika Srivastava), IIM-Ahmedabad (Prof. Devasmita Chakraverty), FLAME University (Prof. Poonam Pandey), and IISc (Prof. T.A. Abinandanan. The project aims at mapping research scholars’ journey through their PhD years to develop a detailed understanding of their motivation, reasons for choosing an institution / department / subfield / thesis committee or supervisor, the breadth and depth of training in both academic and extra-academic domains, and effectiveness of their preparation for their post-PhD careers.


For more information, please contact Prof. Abinandanan or Prof. Maresi Nerad