Brain Drain is an oft-heard expression used in India. This refers to the export, or going out of India of the Indian brains to different foreign countries. We term it as a drain of the brains because, it is believed that, with the going out these best brains us, as a country is at a loss as. With our best brains working for other countries we are left only with mediocre and the lesser brains to work and develop with.
At the outset, let us analyse why there is so much of this exodus of brain from India and, without making much of a hullabaloo about the brains try to check the drain. It is however, a matter of pride for all of us Indians to realize that the world has, as of today recognized the Indian brain among the best brains of the world.
This is why foreign countries encourage importing the Indian brain. On the other hand, our brains are also happy to go out because they get a congenial working atmosphere out there.
There, in foreign lands there is appreciation of good work, and the environment of work is friendly unlike the prevailing conditions in India. Besides this, the handsome pay packets there are no match to the slim counterpart of a pay return here in India.
With this situation in which both the Indian brains and the foreign countries find the business lucrative and very satisfying how and why should it be stopped.
Regarding the why of the question I feel that, it should be curtailed if not stopped because, if the best go out, what are the prospects of development in our own country? For his again we, ourselves are to blame. If we make the atmosphere healthier for good work, I feel at least some the brains may stay back in India.
With all their expertise being out, we have to accept that India is at a loss but, we cannot really blame the people going out as, who does want to improve standard of life? The fact of their going out does on the face of it appear to be unfair to India when we have the know-how, the expertise, why should we not reap the benefit of it all.
However, in order to take this advantage of the brains, we have to do something to lure them to stay within – for which I daresay, India has to do a lot of work.
Regarding the problem of how this brain drain can be stopped, the solution is not simple but yet it is not impossible. The Government must see that the working environment provided, and appreciation be given to good work.
As for the pay packets, they can also be enhanced in order to attract at least a few of the brains who may be less ambitious and more patriotic. For, I believe that, several brains may prefer to stay back in India if the requisite changes are made for them in the entire system of working pattern.
Thus, to prevent a brain drain from India it is not sufficient to just shout about it and make an issue of it. We must work towards the goal of providing them with at least the near amenities to them of what they would get in any of the foreign lands they may chose to go to. If we try this, we may succeed in holding back at least a few of them, for helping us to develop India.
The brain drain may be causing concern to us as, the best of our Indian brains go out of the country, however, there is not only a black cloud of missing out on our best, there is also a silver lining to the drain.
The brains that go out of India are by now such a substantial number that they form a huge community in themselves, called the Non-Resident Indians. These NRIs are a constant source of income for India in terms of foreign exchange. With their remittances home, they contribute substantially to building up the country’s foreign exchange.
Thus, this brain drain is and will continue unless we put a stopper by providing them with more working facilities at home and give them more than the other ordinary brains in terms of pecuniary benefits.
As long as we can’t do this for them or don’t do this for them the brain drain cannot be stopped and the best of Indians will continue to find homes abroad. While they continue to go out we, the Indians will have to continue being happy with the fact that they have at least become a force to reckon with, and they get a lot of name and fame.