R&D is attracting talent back to India: Mashelkar

R&D is attracting talent back to India: Mashelkar


Panaji: With the advent of research and development in private sector, India is witnessing a positive trend with its talents returning back to the country, Raghunath Mashelkar President Indian National Science Academy said.

“It’s the right time to be in India," the leading scientist told reporters here. India is becoming a global R&D platform with more than 300 companies setting up their centres here. This has opened up opportunities for the young students who need not leave the country for better jobs, he said,

In last three years 30,000 scientists and researchers have returned to India to be absorbed in various organisations, Mashelkar said quoting NASCOM at INSA’s 73rd General Body Meeting.

Many of those who have returned are also joining government organisations, Mashelkar said pointing out that the R&D, which was earlier a government domain, has now largely become a private concern.

Contended about the growing demand for R&D, he said the universities should concentrate on providing enough talents for the sector. “We need to ensure that the universities thrive.. it’s where the talent is generated," he said.

Mashelkar said the 11th Five Year Plan has included all the suggestions given by the experts for creating a pool of scientific talent in our universities.

He said the government intends to create three more centres like the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore in -- Poona, Calcutta and Mohali, he added. Mashelkar will be handing over the charge of INSA President to Dr Vijayan on 22 December.