Is West a greener pasture anymore?

By Juby Thomas   |   Thursday, 10 June 2010, 20:18 IST   |    63 Comments
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Indians returning back
Bangalore: For the past few years, Indians returning back has been constantly on rise. Around 60,000 professionals settled in U.S. have returned to India in last year alone. This is almost equal to the number of Indians going to U.S. every year. Constant feeling of getting back to the roots and the decreasing gap in salaries in India and U.S. are some of the major reasons attributed to this trend of reverse brain drain. Statistics report that India is facing nearly 30 percent shortage of IT professionals, providing a lot of opportunities for the Indians to head back. "Take the IITians for example. If you see 10 years back, 90 percent of the IIT grads left India to grab opportunities in West, but now, almost 85 percent of the IIT passouts prefer to stay back in India," says Jayaram Valliyur, who has returned from U.S. and is currently, working for Amazon India. He says, "It was my entrepreneurial spirit that brought me back to India. The kind of work we do is similar in both the places, opportunities, money, technology are here in India too. In fact, the growth is much faster. You get opportunities to work with different talent and a chance to interchange with people who are going back and forth." The extensive experience, technological solutions, quality assurance and commitment to the work have made Indian professionals to create a brand name for themselves. With organizations from west look at India for talent and MNCs trying to open shop here, opportunities are galore for Indian professionals to grow. Vidya Shastri, Software Development Manager at Amazon, says, "There are two reasons for coming back to India. One is the professional growth and opportunity in an expanding Amazon India and the other is personal reason to be closer to our parents and extended families, and to have my daughter be exposed to these relationships. Professional growth has been steady in India. Personally, it's been a great success moving back to India." Most of the Indians returning are couples in the age group of 27 to 35 having kids. The major factor cited by most was to protect their kids from the Western culture. Education was also another reason for Indians to move back. There is a common believe that Indian education system is quite good. "The ultimate reason for my shift was to stay close to my parents, so my decision was purely personal. As regards to the work culture, one cannot find a major difference in the work culture between here and the West. Our workforce is as competitive and talented, though if averaged out, may be a little less on the experience curve, but I see that India is making rapid strides in growing leaders at all levels and there is global appreciation for the Talent powerhouse that India is. I worked for 9 years in U.S. and after coming back to India I can see a lot of changes in the workforce, especially around the desire to make a significant impact on a global scale and that is happening all around us in India ," says Madan, Director - HR, Amazon. "The U.S. work culture is more 'individualistic', whereas the Indian work culture is 'team oriented'. There is more maturity and experience in the U.S, but more enthusiasm and energy in India. I like the Indian work culture better overall," concludes Vidya. With the economy bouncing back and growing at a faster pace, rupee becoming stronger, times have changed in India. Today, it is a place conducive to Startups and Entrepreneurship and Indian professionals around the world are waiting for an opportunity to make the most of it. Witnessing the growing impact of this reverse brain drain that helps them to etch a better footprint globally, Amazon is hiring in U.S. This will open up opportunities for many Indians to relocate to their homeland.