Brain Gain

India Today - - INSIDE - by Jayant Sri­ram

Fif­teen young aca­demics who have re­versed the brain drain at the peak of their ca­reers by re­turn­ing to In­dia.

Eight years ago, Sud­hir Kr­ish­naswamy, 38, was just com­plet­ing his PhD from Ox­ford when he was of­fered a teach­ing po­si­tion at Pem­broke Col­lege. He gave it up to come back to In­dia and work first as an ad­viser to the UPA Govern­ment be­fore tak­ing up a job at the Azim Premji Univer­sity in Ban­ga­lore. Kr­ish­naswamy and his team are now build­ing a frame­work of em­pir­i­cal data to sup­port le­gal sys­tems re­form in In­dia. La­vanya Ra­ja­mani, 40, was teach­ing en­vi­ron­ment and in­ter­na­tional law at Cam­bridge, be­fore re­turn­ing to In­dia in 2010 and be­com­ing one of the lead­ing voices on cli­mate change law. Kr­ish­naswamy and Ra­ja­mani are not alone. Much is still made of the fact that our bright­est aca­demics choose to study and teach abroad but there is now a slow re­verse mi­gra­tion. We fea­ture 15 bright schol­ars from a va­ri­ety of fields who have de­cided to re­verse the brain drain.

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