NRI scientists, India is calling you back home-would you?


The Indian government wants to bring back NRI scientists. The Narendra Modi Government is trying to facilitate and create a conducive environment along with great infrastructure to attract scientists who had left the country many years ago for various reasons.

In an effort to reverse the brain drain that has taken place, the Ministry of Science and Technology has approached about a dozen well-known scientists from across the world in an effort to bring them back to various departments under the ministry. These scientists will be inducted in various reputed institutions and departments, including the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bose Institute and many other research centres, mainly those funded by the government. Department of Science and Technology (DST) has constituted two different re-entry fellowships – Ramalingaswami and Ramanujan fellowships – under which scientists are coming back and taking up projects in India.

These scholarships offer a monthly salary of Rs. 75, 000 (approximately SGD 1,500) along with Rs. 500, 000 (approximately SGD 10,500) in the form of research grants over a period of five years.


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  1. Now Indian government is calling back only to those scientists, if it is true, who are well established over there. They are doing cutting edge science over there because they are getting what they deserve. Years ago when they were in India they could not get what they required and thats true even today. Improve the system first in India, give them the respect they deserve, you have gems still in India but you will have to identify.