5 Indian think tanks in world’s top 150: Survey
NEW DELHI: Five Indian thinktanks have made it to the list of top 150 worldwide. At rank 50 is Centre for Civil Society (CCS), at 102 is Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), at 107 is The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) followed by Observer Research Foundation (ORF) at 114 and Development Alternatives (DA) at 140.
According to a survey conducted by Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of University of Pennsylvania, Brookings Institution was ranked the top think tank in the world followed by Chatham House (UK), Carnegie Endowment and International Studies (US), Center for Strategic and International Studies (US) and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sweden).
The survey also showed that the US had 1,828 thinktanks, the highest in the world. China came second with 426, UK had 287 and India was fourth with 268.The survey had invited 6,826 thinktanks from 182 countries to participate. In the ranking process, 1,947 individuals and 120 countries participated.
Indian thinktanks fared better among the top 45 in China, India, Japan and South Korea. There were 14 Indian thinktanks on this list, 12 from Japan, 10 from China and nine from South Korea. Apart from CCS, IDSA, TERI, ORF and DA, the other Indian ones on the list were Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Center for Study of Science Technology and Policy (CSSTP), National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), United Service Institution of India, Delhi Policy Group and Liberty Institute.
Among the top 65 defence thinktanks, there were three Indian entities — IDSA at 38, Centre for Land Warfare Studies at 48 and ORF at 52. Not a single Indian entity made it to thetop 80 thinktanks on economy or the top 50 on education. TERI was ranked eighth among the top 20 in energy. In the top 70 thinktanks on environment, Centre for Science and Environment was ranked 19th followed by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology at 20th.
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