Brain Drain to Brain Gain – Indians Abroad

The NRIs and Indians Abroad are a valuable asset for building India!

The ‘Brain drain’ is common among developing countries, India is no exception. Young, ambitious and educated class of society leaving homeland and heading abroad, searching for a better future, a better tomorrow.

For decades, the woes of brain drain from India to the developed countries have been blamed on many problems at home, including education system and the job opportunities. Patriotism and loyalty to the mother-land is often quoted as the lacking character among the youths settled abroad, who turn their back on the country that raised them, provided for them and educated them.

In spite of all this so called ‘brain drain’ for so long, however, there is no shortage of brain in India. The country is emerging as a fast developing nation, with GDP growth rate that western countries can only imagine….and admire from a distance. Actually there has to be some extra ‘brain power’ in India that is leading a populous country with more than a billion heads on a path of inventions, modernization and prosperity.

Every good thing must comes to and end, or slow down.  With recession and high unemployment in America – and rest of the developed world – many Indians living overseas are considering going back home. Some of the key incentives to stay abroad – job security and financial opportunities – have faded over the years. Thousands of NRIs – frustrated with the grim job outlook, – have packed up their American luggage and headed home for good. Many more are expected to follow the suit.

The NRIs all over the world are very aware of the prosperity and bright prospects of India. Some daydream of returning home in the near future; others are finding a way to collaborate with homeland on new opportunities.

The migrants settled abroad – the ‘brain drain’ of yester years – are contributing remotely to the growth of India in so many ways. For example, successful Indians in the high-tech industry in US often set-up hardware or software companies (or offices) in India. From a far-away land, many more have found ways to payback to their homeland. Import-export, outsourcing, call-centers and countless collaboration with Indian colleagues are some of the common paths leading back home.

So, brain drain is not all that bad; it is not a permanent loss at least. In fact, developed countries are source of valuable experience, good education and new ideas that NRIs can acquire and then use those skill-sets to compliment the needs in India. Indian business models, day to day life, and the way of thinking – everything carries a significant Western influence. The Indian Americans and rest of the NRIs can make a major contribution by collaborating on new ideas; by sharing their knowledge with Indian counterparts.

During his recent visit to USA, Prime Minister Manmohan singh used the term “brain gain” instead of “reverse brain drain”. He thanked the Indian-American community for their contribution in building bridges between India and the United States and invited Indians worldwide to return home. The prime minister noted that Indian-Americans no longer had to make a choice about whether to work in India or America, “Modern technology and our flexible policies have opened possibilities of working in both places.”

“Let me take this opportunity to extend an invitation to all Indian Americans and non-resident Indians who wish to return home to India in one capacity or another,” Said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

What else is there left to say, one way or another, – Welcome Back Home!

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4 Replies to “Brain Drain to Brain Gain – Indians Abroad”

  1. As children of the brain drain (literally as well as figuratively) we are conditioned to think of India’s million-strong brain drain represents just 4.3% of its vast graduate populationthe free market in labor as a good thing for all parties involved. Certainly, free movement of talented professionals has been good for migrating professionals and for the people of the first world — 25% of the doctors in North America, Britain and Australia are immigrants who attended medical school abroad. The effects of the brain drain there can be ambiguous – while it leeches away many talented professionals, it also creates incentives for others (who might not have seen education as lucrative before) to get educated, and can therefore create a more educated population than would have existed without brain drain. Some people argue that this is why India has benefitted from/despite brain drain while other countries have been damaged by it.

  2. HI to all my brothers and sisters who live abroad.
    I have been rejected from Harvard Buss school for MBA lately.
    today I am top of the world and the same school asking me to visit there and inspire there students…….

    we all indians made by solid soul we can change the world.
    now is our time so fallow wake up and lets grow ….

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