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Monday, July 17, 2006

Indians Are Good at R&D, Hype Again!

Even many Indian and western media boasted that India has a knowledge-based economy and China has a manufacturing ecomony. These kind of hype is of pure propaganda based on no truth.

Here is a article by Sunil Jain. For the convienience, I select some data from it:

Indians' publications rose 2.5 times in the past 25 years, while Chinese increased more than 100 times during the same period!

In 1995, Indians published five articles in the prestigious Journal of American Chemical Society (JACS) versus just 2 for China, it was 34 versus 14 in the Physical Review of Letters (PRL) and 9 versus 2 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC).
So far this year, it's 4 versus 22 in JACS, 8 versus 28 in PRL and 2 versus 13 in JBC.

Technolog-intensive exports are just 5 per cent of India's total manufactured exports basket versus 23 per cent for China

By World Bank's Knowledge Assessment Methodology (KAM), China's score on the Knowledge Index has risen from 3.03 in 1995 to 4.21 today, India's has fallen from 2.76 to 2.61 -- that is, India has slipped even relative to itself!

In terms of innovation, which includes the articles published in scientific journals, apart from the number of R&D personnel and the number of patents, India's score has improved from 3.51 to 3.72 -- China, however, has improved from 3.94 to 4.74, another instance of that country's stupendous progress.


I had another articles on comparing the truth of India and China's R&D.

Based on the above facts and truths, China was and is doing much better than India in scientic R&D and innovation.

It is very wrong to say "India is good in R&D and China in manufacturing". The correct sentences to correctly describe the situation in these two countries should be "China does much better in R&D, innovation and manufacturing than India".

Of course, China, as a developing country, still lags behind the countries like US and Japan etc. China government and Chinese should pay more attention on the R&D which stands for the future.

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