Reverse Brain Drain…
Recently,there was an interesting news item in Financial Express (FE) of 27th June 2011.It was titled :”NRIs head home, MNCs spoilt for choice.”
To read the piece directly on website of FE,please go to the following link:
On reading the article,I had sent my views on the subject matter to the Editor of FE,by way of a letter.
This is what I had written to the Editor :
Recently,there has also been a different type of reverse brain drain as well.Many second-generation Indians are now coming back to the country.So, reverse brain drain is no longer limited to the commonly perceived migration from a developed to a developing country by a first generation Indian. Many of the world’s top multinational companies are beginning to send their top Indian minds to head their companies in India.As a result,when we lose some,we win many back as well.This augurs well for the brains as well as for the countries.How long this wave will last is anybody’s guess. Let both parties enjoy the fruits of this change,meanwhile.
It also occurs when scientists/engineers/other intellectuals migrate to developed countries to study in elite universities, do research and gain practical experience in areas where education and employment opportunities are limited in their home countries. These professionals finally flock back to their home country after years of experience and contribute to its growth. Recently, there has been a different type of reverse brain drain. Many second-generation Indians are coming back to the country. So, reverse brain drain is no longer limited to the commonly perceived migration from a developed to a developing country by a first generation Indian.
JS Broca, New Delhi
Your views/responses will be appreciated.