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Brain drain higher in India than other Asian countries

Brain drain higher in India than other Asian countries

Brain drain is higher in India than any other Asian countries. India tops in sending more number of scientists and engineers to the US than any other Asian country. Out of 2.96 million Asians that went to the US, 950,000 are from India. According to a fresh report from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), India’s contribution has increased by 85 per cent within the last 10 years i.e. from 2003 to 2013.

The number of scientists and engineers living in the US has grown from 21.6 million to 29 million during these years. At the same time, the number of immigrant scientists and engineers rose from 3.4 million to 5.2 million. Out of total immigrant scientists and engineers in the US in 2013, more than half i.e., 57 per cent were born in Asia.

Compared to other Asian countries like China and Philippines, the number of Indian immigrant scientists and engineers increased more since 2003. The number of scientists and engineers from China rose 34 per cent including Hong Kong and Macau. From Philippines it grew by 53 per cent.

In 2013, the percentage of immigrants in science grew to 16 per cent and that of engineering immigrants rose to 18 per cent in the total percentage of immigrants. The US provided them jobs.


Mainly computer and mathematical sciences, engineering, and social and related sciences are the common chosen areas of study for immigrant scientists and engineers extensively.

The report reveals that many geniuses are migrating from India. In other words, India is losing its brilliant minds and is having brain drain. Whatever is the reason, many brilliant and skilled people are migrating to other countries in searching of opportunities to get rewarded for their skills. If sufficient opportunities are provided to them, then there will be no brain drain in India.

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