New Delhi: Two Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs) are on the list of top 10 undergraduate colleges that contribute computer science professors to top American universities, according to a Brown University study published on Tuesday.

Covering 2,200 professors across 50 top US universities, the research listed 37 undergraduate colleges that supply these professors. The US universities covered include Purdue, Massachusetts, Stanford and Yale.

While IIT Madras and IIT Kanpur were the fifth- and ninth-largest contributors of faculty to computer science programmes in American universities, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and IIT Kharagpur were ranked 12th, 18th and 26th, respectively.

Alumni from the five IITs together accounted for 122 faculty members in top 50 American universities, second only to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the top contributor with 127 faculty members.

The data also showed that while the professors received their bachelor degrees from India, none received their doctorates from a university in the country.

“We were aware that a lot of our alumni did doctorates and then joined faculties in top US universities and this study just validates that," said Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT Madras. Only top rankers in the entrance exam to the IITs, considered to be the world’s toughest, are admitted into the computer science programme, and statistically, many of these students tend to stay in academics, Ramamurthi added.

Ramamurthi said the top IITs receuit an average of 35 professors a year, with at least half being doctorates from top universities, mostly in the US. “The question that this data raises is hoe we can create better conditions so that top professors from outside India can join our faculty," Ramamurthi said.

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