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Plan on anvil to draw best of Indian scientists abroad

Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 28, 2013
First Published: 00:44 IST(28/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:45 IST(28/2/2013)

In an effort to tap the best of global talent, India has decided to draw a roadmap to attract the best of Indian-origin scientists and even foreign scientists who have settled abroad.

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Union science and technology minister Jaipal Reddy said there were many Indian scientists, who would want to come back.

The department of science and technology, plan panel and the HRD ministry will come up with plan to attract recognised Indian-orgin scientists.

"I am also trying to attract non-Indian scientists, including Nobel prize winners. We can give them sufficient flexibility. For instance, if the concerned scientist cannot stay continuously in India for three years, they may be given the flexibility wherein they can take three semesters with considerable breaks," Reddy told HT, ahead of the Science Day on Thursday.

Maintaining that the flexibility could be applicable to  Indian- origin women scientists also, he said everything would ultimately depend on the plan finalised.

Emphasising on the growing need of international collaborations, he said both the collaborations with LIGO laboratory to create a world-class gravitational-wave detector in India and that with the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN ) had put India on the global scientific map.


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