EDUCATION: Brain drain, brain gain.
Siegfried Ramler writes: My explorations of educational policy and educational issues in India about two years ago may be relevant to the posting about brain drain in Turkey. In New Delhi I was received by Maharaj Krishen Kaw, Secretary of Education, the top civil servant responsible for national education policy. "Does the outflow of highly trained specialists represent a brain drain for India?" I asked M.K. Shaw. His answer was refreshingly enlightened. "I call it a brain gain. We don't own our human resources. Human intelligence and human skills are global resources and ultimately benefit India too." He cited examples of expatriate Indian entrepreneurs investing in India and of successful Indians returning home to build companies. Another government leader, a member of the Indian Planning Commission, termed the phenomenon of successful Indian expatriates akin to a "deposit in a foreign bank." Of course, in democracies and free countries individuals can make choices to leave or to return. Furthermore, in our present globalized and economically wired world, the geographical location of economic, scientific or intellectual initiatives is not as important as it used to be.
Ronald Hilton 2004
February 27, 2005