News: Indian students turn their backs on science
BANGALORE - AFTER more than two decades as a scientist in India's premier space agency, 54-year-old Kalyan Raman has called it quits.
His new job as a telecommunications specialist with a private firm, he says, pays double his previous salary and is more glamorous.
Not only that, it offers escape from the grinding bureaucracy of the government job where he grew tired of seeing 'Cabinet notes, office orders and the same faces'.
'I needed a different landscape and I joined the private sector as it is more energetic and dynamic,' says Mr Raman.
India's scientific community says it just cannot match offers being made by technology outsourcing companies, which it warns are robbing India of its much needed research and development talent.
Even more alarming, says Mr Madhavan Nair, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is that students are turning from science to technology as job prospects are far better.
Foreign and domestic technology firms such as IBM, Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys Technologies are planning to hire more than 100,000 outsourcing professionals in the current financial year alone.
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