Pak varsities ranked high with research publications

STAFF REPORT IBD: Tremendous increase in research publications as QAU remains at top with 717 publications followed by UoA with 524 publications and AKU with 521 publications.

“The number of publications by Pakistans higher education institutions has increased from about 800 in the year 2002 to more than 6,000 in the year 2011. In 2010, this number was 5,000,” reveals HECs Assessment and Research Ranking Report.

It said that these publicae1tions were extracted using three global databases – SCI-E, SSCI, and SandHCI from Thomson-Reuters web of science. The publications also cover all major disciplines including physical sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences, biological and medical sciences, social sciences, management sciences and engineering.

According to the results, Quaid-e-Azam University remained the top institutions with 717 publications while University of Agriculture (Faisalabad) with 524 publications and Agha Khan University (Karachi) with 521 publications secured second and third positions respectively.

Close to 90 per cent of these research publications from Pakistan are coming from higher education institutions. Output has more than doubled just in the last three years and is expected to double again in the next three years.

As a result of this phenomenal increase in research publications, the world share of Pakistans research has gone up by 300 percent in the last five years.

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