The Indian Brain Drain

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Sujoy Nandy, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


Indian American professor Dr. Rakesh K. Jain along with other 16 scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and innovators will receive the National Medals of Science and Technology and Innovation from President Mr Barrack Obama on coming Friday 22nd January 2016.

Mr Jain, a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and a Professor at Harvard Medical School and director of tumour biology laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, will receive the National Medal of Science. Mr Jain is regarded as a pioneer in the area of tumour micro-environment and widely recognized for his seminal discoveries in tumour biology, drug delivery, in vivo imaging, bioengineering, and bench-to-bedside translation. This award recognizes those who have made lasting contribution to the American way of life and boosted its technological workforce.

This news gives us a feeling of pride for a moment but then we think for a while that what if this person has given his services to our country.  Wouldn’t this have made a difference to the Indian way of living and the Indian workforce?

Our country faces a lot of brain drain. Most of the skilled workforce which include doctors, engineers, scientists and technicians leave their motherland in search of better opportunities abroad. Our country has a large population to take care of and fewer good institutes to take care of higher education for everyone. The seats in top technical institutes like IITs and NITs are limited and hence good students who fail to secure a seat in these colleges don’t want to comprise and set out to foreign destinations in spite of higher costs.

What happens that most often the students get seduced by the good global exposure and high quality life and facilities and become reluctant to return back to India. It is quite natural that the skilled people would prefer US green cards and EU blue cards over the unattractive pay packages of a developing country like India. So India loses a large part of its skilled workforce every year.

It’s time for India to take action for this growing phenomenon. Government can make the emigrants sign bonds that after completing their education, they have to return back. In addition to this the government also needs to develop better colleges and opportunities for the skilled population. We all hope that in future we get to hear about more professors like Dr. Jain receiving awards for bringing a change in the life style of India.


Obama to award Science Medal to Indian-American professor


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