Modeling Doctoral Population Growth in Premier Technology Institutions in India

Published on Jul 16, 2018in Systems Research and Behavioral Science
· DOI :10.1002/SRES.2515
Balagopal G. Menon1
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(University of Salford),
Supriya Kumar Ghatak2
Estimated H-index: 2
(IIT-KGP: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur)
+ 1 AuthorsSunil Sahadev16
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(University of Salford)
The present study utilizes the basic reproductive number ‘R0’ to make sense of the Indian Institute of Technologies' (IITs) doctoral population growth. The analysis shows that the R0 for seven IITs under study, and for the engineering disciplines in these IITs, has increased over time. The estimation shows that for the seven IITs, every faculty member, on average, graduates 12.81 PhD students during their entire career. For the engineering disciplines, this rate is 11.3 PhD graduates per faculty. This implies that in a steady state, only 7.8% of PhD graduates can secure faculty positions in IITs. This, further, shows that the remaining IIT PhD graduates need to find employment outside IIT academia. Moreover, engineering disciplines with a high R0 show higher research productivity compared with those with a low R0 that gives scope for the latter to make improvements in their future research activities. © 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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