DRDO Gains Through Reverse Brain Drain

Bangalore | Updated: Mar 26 2004, 05:30am hrs
Indias defence laboratories are witnessing a reverse brain drain with qualified India-born professionals in the US vying to join the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to work on cutting edge technologies, a top DRDO official said.

There is a reverse flow of top specialists into India in the last two years. About 10 people have been joining DRDO from the US each year and the trend is growing, DRDO chief controller (R&D), Dr W Selvamurthy, told reporters here.

He said India-born professionals in the US were convinced that they could take up future research in areas like nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology. We may have selected about 10 people each year, but after screening many applicants. DRDO has an ad-hoc scheme, where we can hire NRIs within three months of them applying for jobs, Dr Selvamurthy said, adding that besides returning home, the professionals were also looking at giving back something to the country.

Dr Selvamurthy said DRDO has undertaken various human resource initiatives in the 10th five year plan, to attract the best talent and maintain the level of 7,200 scientists. DRDO has about 30,000 people in about 52 installations, including 7,000 scientists and 11,000 technical personnel.