Hyderabad: Three faculty members of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) figure in the top 200 researchers in their respective fields, according to data compiled and studied by John Loannidis of Stanford University, Elsevier and SciTech Strategies, and published in the highly respected journal PLOS Biology last week.
Prof. M.N.V Prasad of the school of life sciences ranked 116th in the field of environmental sciences while Prof. Ashwini Nangia of the school of Chemistry ranked 124th in the field of inorganic and nuclear chemistry and Prof. Pramod K. Nayar of the department of English ranked 189th in the field of literary studies.
While Prof. M.N.V Prasad is an honorary professor at UoH after superannuation, Prof. Nangia is associated with the university and is presently serving as the director of NCL, Pune, and Prof. Nayar is the director of the Institution of Eminence at UoH.
Meanwhile, the study also said that 15 UoH faculty members figure in the top two per cent of Indian researchers. The study was based on SCOPUS database publications. In some cases, such as literary studies, UoH boasts the only Indian academic (Pramod K. Nayar) in the world's top 200.
Prof. Appa Rao Podile, the Vice-Chancellor of UoH, said, "I am delighted but not really surprised at the wonderful rankings and citation record of our faculty. UoH clearly demonstrates excellence across multiple disciplines as can be seen from this data, with concentrations of high-impact work in Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Computer Science, and English. UoH has been at the forefront of research in multiple disciplines and the faculty listed here are all high performers. I see them as setting the high standards for other UoH faculty to be inspired by."