Research output in the form of publications and patents is poised for an upward trend in comparison to the last decade, with the growth rate in the publications front being about 13 per cent per year, according to A. Mukhopadhyay, adviser, Department of Science and Technology.

A recent study conducted by the Department of Science and Technology through Thomson Reuters found that chemistry, physics, material science, engineering and clinical medicine were active areas of research output from India, he said while delivering an address on “Education and Research – Relevance for today” at the 65th Graduation Day of Islamiah College, Vaniyambadi held recently.

He said that citation impact of papers coming from India has increased from 0.35 in 1981-1985 to about 0.68 in 2006-2010. At present, India enjoyed a relative share of 3.5 per cent in global publications with the global ranking of ninth position.

If the present trend continued, it was predicted that India could improve the relative position to fifth or sixth in about three to six years, Mr. Mukhopadhyay said.

The official observed the Union government through its Ministries and departments was making efforts to attract, inspire and nourish the roots so that each person would be more productive, competitive and in a position to gain respect in the global context. He said that research and innovation shall take the driver’s seat for national development in global terms. India’s positioning advantages including demographic dividend, diversity and talent need to be ushered to maximise returns. A total of 450 graduates received their degrees on the occasion. Ghani Mohammed Jaweed, secretary and correspondent of the college, and K. Prem Nazeer, principal, were present.