ACM Survey on PhD Production in Computer Science in India

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The purpose of this study is to collect reasonably reliable data on PhD production in CS in India, and also identify trends. This exercise is motivated by the Taulbee report in US.  Prof. Pankaj Jalote, Director, IIIT-Delhi has been leading this effort on behalf of the ACM. First survey  was done for AY 2011-12 – in this survey  only a set of about 40 institutions were included (those that a committee considered as having decent quality PhD program.) The methodology for that survey, the list of institutions included, and report of the survey is available here.

This year (for data for the academic year 2012-13), to reduce the subjectivity, the criteria was changed to: any Institution which has a PhD program and has at least 5 faculty members with PhD in CS in the CS/IT Department/Program will be included in the survey; some reputed Institutes may be included even otherwise. 

The survey has now concluded. Details of this survey are given on this page. The report is available here or from the ACM India site . The report also includes the raw data on the list of institutions, number of PhDs reported by different institutions, etc.

This time, data collection is being done via an online form.  The method for data collection was:

  • A request was sent on email to the contact email id obtained from AICTE or other sources. Reminders were sent.
  • When a form was submitted, the contents were sent by email to the HOD as confirmation. The data provided was checked through website of the institution. 
  • For Institutes that did not provide the data despite reminders, it was assumed that the Institution does not satisfy the criteria. For those institutions where it is known that the criteria is satisfied, PhD production was estimated from information on their website - estimation approach is given in the report.