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‘India has moved from brain drain to brain gain’

Union Minister for Science & Technology Harsh Vardhan at a press conference in New Delhi.

Union Minister for Science & Technology Harsh Vardhan at a press conference in New Delhi.

Over 1,000 Indian scientists working abroad have returned to India in the last two-three years, said Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences on Tuesday.

“They feel that India is changing and they can fulfil their ambitions here. They are finding that opportunities in India are better. From brain drain, we now have a scenario of brain gain,” he said at a media interaction on the NDA government’s three years in power.

Dr. Vardhan said that the scientists were being attracted back to India through several scholarships and fellowships, such as the Ramanujan fellowship. Responding to questions that these fellowship schemes had been introduced long back, he said, “That may be so, but the number of scientists returning to India is significant only now.”

However, he clarified that not everyone who wishes to come back is accepted. Those interested are put through an evaluation process, he said.

“These scientists are non-resident Indians (NRIs) who were looking to come back and decided to take up the available opportunity until they found long-term ones,” a ministry official said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is all set to roll out a scheme to attract scientists from abroad on a longer term basis. The program, called Visiting Advanced Joint Research (VAJRA) Faculty Scheme, will offer accomplished NRI scientists the opportunity to undertake research in India for a maximum period of three months every year, while granting them the status of adjunct faculty in an Indian institution round the year.

Contribution to Tejas

On the subject of developing advanced technologies locally, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) had played an important role in the development of India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, which was recently inducted into the Air Force.


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