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Global research hall of fame features 1,494 Indian researchers, 124 are from Karnataka

BENGALURU: A list of the world’s top 2% scientists prepared by a team of scientists at Stanford University, California, includes names of 1,494 Indian scientists, some of whom are from Bengaluru.

“Elated to see so many of Karnataka’s excellent scientists in the world’s top 2%,” deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan, who holds the portfolio of IT/BT and science & technology tweeted. The journal PLOS Biology has published the list of top global scientists.

“It is my hope that our focus on academic excellence through NEP’s implementation ensures that this list expands in the years ahead, with more scientists from state-funded institutions in it,” Narayan added.

According to published reports, Karnataka figures on the list with 124 of its scientists, of whom a lion’s share of 93 have had association with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), many of whom still serve there. Seven are from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, five from the National Centre of Biological Sciences, four each from Bengaluru University and National Aerospace Laboratories, two each at the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences, the Institute of Wood Sciences and Technology, and Manipal Academic of Higher Sciences and the University of Mysore.

Twenty two faculty members and researchers of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G) and seven faculty members of Tezpur University — a central university — are among Indian scientists featured in the list.

The list, according to a Tezpur University press release, features more than 100,000 top scientists of the world and the list is created on the basis of standardised citation indicators such as information on citations (a quotation from or reference to a book, paper, or author, especially in a scholarly work), h-index (a metric for evaluating the cumulative impact of an author’s scholarly output and performance; measures quantity with quality by comparing publications to citations), co-authorship and a composite indicator as stated in their website.

All scientists were classified into 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields. For analyses of the citations and the composite indicators, the press release said, Scopus data was used. Scopus is a multidisciplinary database with citations and abstracts from peer-reviewed journal literature, trade journals, books, patent records, and conference publications.

The list also features faculty members from Cotton University, Gauhati University, Assam University and IIT Guwahati.

BT accelerates broadband services with 7,000 new jobs

British telecoms and broadcasting firm BT Group revealed Thursday an acceleration in UK superfast broadband, creating 7,000 jobs and winning the praise of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The news comes as the group announced a 15-percent drop in annual net profit to £1.5 billion ($2.1 billion, 1.7 billion euros), with coronavirus weighing on demand.

It also unveiled a new deal to broadcast live English Premier League football.

BT said in a statement that its Openreach infrastructure pision would plan to offer next-generation broadband to 25 million households and companies by December 2026.

“Today we are increasing our target from 20 million to 25 million homes and businesses to deliver further value to our shareholders and support the government’s” broadband ambitions said chief executive Philip Jansen.

He said the move would allow BT to provide more broadband to rural communities and “help fuel UK economic recovery, with better connectivity and up to 7,000 new jobs”.

The announcement was trumpeted by Johnson, whose Conservative government has long pledged nationwide rollout of broadband internet services.

“Fantastic that BT Group are rolling out lightning-fast broadband to even more homes,” the premier tweeted in response.

“Our broadband revolution will fire up businesses and homes and will be crucial in levelling up and building back better right across the country.”

Separately on Thursday, the English Premier League agreed to renew its lucrative multi-billion-pound UK football broadcasting deal with BT and other broadcasters.

The rollover will see also Amazon, the BBC and Sky continue broadcasting live football matches from 2022 to 2025.