The Nature Index ( functions as an indicator of high quality research in the Natural Sciences and it is indeed a proud moment for the University of Hyderabad (UoH) to be ranked at number 1 among Universities apart from being the only University in the top 10 as part of the Nature Index survey released recently. The competition is from established scientific research institutes and the IITs which is quite an illustrious list.

All research outputs for UoH published between 1 February 2016 – 31 January 2017 are tracked by the Nature Index. An article score of 31, a fractional score of 19.33 with 25.92% Domestic and 74.08% International contributions, UoH is number 8 on the list. In 2016 also UoH was at number 8 and the only University in top 10.

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“I congratulate faculty colleagues whose outstanding research in science schools has earned this distinction by the UoH to be the only University in Top 10 ranks”, said Prof. Appa Rao Podile, Vice-Chancellor. “This is by no means a simple achievement in the current scenario where we compete in the quality and quantity of research output”, he added.

The Nature Index is a database of author affiliation information collated from research articles published in an independently selected group of 68 high-quality science journals. The database is compiled by Nature Publishing Group (NPG). The Nature Index provides a close to real-time proxy for high-quality research output at the institutional, national and regional level.

The Nature Index provides a perspective on high-quality research on the basis of published articles. It is intended to be one of a number of metrics to assess research excellence and institutional performance.