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Scientific Communities and Brain Drain: A Sociological Study

Aparna Basu (Author) Subodh Mahanti (Editor) V.V. Krishna (Author) E. Haribabu (Author) Vinod K. Jairath (Author)
Synopsis The migration of skilled scientific and technical personnel from our country to affluent West is a sociological phenomenon with manifold consequences. A number of studies estimate a loss of US$ 10 to 20 billion to India due to Indian brain drain alone during 1966-86. Do the brains go where money is or the brains go where the brains are? The present exploratory study, inspired by late Professor Sukhamoy Chakraborty and undertaken by NISTADS identifies and defines the brain drain phenomenon beyond its much discussed economic dimension. It helps: Understand the structure and organization of Indian scientific community as reflected in the research groups; Identify the social feature of research groups which tend to check or promote the process of brain drain; and Suggest some policy recommendations, if possible, on the basis of findings. It provides fresh insights into the brain drain – an original contribution to the existing literature on the subject.
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About the authors

Aparna Basu

Aparna Basu is a scientist working with NISTADS.

Subodh Mahanti

Dr. Subodh Mahanti didi his B.Sc. (Honours) from Burdwan University (1976) and M.Sc. from Banaras Hindu Univesity (BHU, 1978). He was awarded National Scolarship for studying his M.Sc. He was awarded BHU Medal for standing first in order of merit in M.Sc. He did his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (1982) from the Department of Chemistry, BHU and subsequently worked in Molecular Biology (1984-1988) at the Unit of Molecular Biology, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU. He worked in the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (CSIR). For the last 14 years he has been working in Vigyan Prasar. Besides his research papaers, he has written more than 300 popluar science articles. He has edited/authored/co-authored more than 20 books. Dr. Mahanti has been awarded FIE Foundation National Award (200), NCSTC National Award (2003), Delhi Hindi Academy Award (2006), Dr. Meghnad Saha Award (2005) and Atmaran Puraskar (2007) for his contributions in the field of science Popularisation. Dr. Mahanti is a Fellow of the NCSTC Network.

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V.V. Krishna

V.V. Krishna is a scientist working with NISTADS.

E. Haribabu

Professor E. Haribabu teaches at the Department of Sociology, Central University at Hyderabad.

Vinod K. Jairath

Dr. Vinod K. Jairath, former Reader at Delhi School of Economics, now lives in Hyderabad.

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Bibliographic information

Title Scientific Communities and Brain Drain: A Sociological Study
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1995
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 812120495X
length 149p., Tables; Annexures; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.