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September - 2007 - issue > Cover Feature

India: the hub for scientific research

Vinod Khosla
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Vinod Khosla
Vinod Khosla is an Indian American business tycoon and venture capitalist. He established Khosla Ventures and he is also the co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Building up Intel has motivated Vinod at his young age to pursue technology as a career. Subsequent after finishing his academics, Vinod started his first job at a startup Daisy Systems. Post two years, he Co-Found Sun Microsystems alongside his Stanford classmates. Until 1984, Vinod filled in as the first executive and CEO and left the organization to try his luck as a venture capitalist.

Based on the interview given exclusively to siliconindia.

In the last fifteen years, IT has played a dominant role in giving India the edge over other economies, so much so that we have now been christened a �transforming economy�, a distinction showered solely upon us. As the country continues her sprint towards ultimate economic success, it is imperative that it maintains its image of a �knowledge based talent pool�. It will ensure that other nations look up to India, like they thus far have, with admiration and respect. Our IT workforce is recognized for its keenness and technological prowess, and it is about time that professionals in other fields too garnered the same reputation and respect.

I am quite upbeat about the possibility of the exploits of IT being repeated in other industries across the board, especially in areas relating to research. The effect of a combined emergence of numerous industries in the way IT has emerged in India could create a nation not only rich in economic wealth but also the wealth actually trickling down to the common man.

Detractors would question the possibility of such an emergence in the first place. There is also the issue of India producing a patently small number of PhDs for a nation of its size. Our neighbor China for the record, produces close to 2500 PhDs a year, and detractors would point out that the Chinese are far better placed to move ahead in research-related areas. But history proves that we (Indians) have the talent and bent of mind to excel in fields like Mechanical Sciences, Pharmaceuticals, Electrochemistry, and other pure science areas.

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