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India hardly faces brain drain: Kalam

With 'brain drain' being a cause of concern for the country, former President A P J Abdul Kalam on Saturday said he believed that there was hardly any such phenomenon as the migration of the professionals was too low.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2009 18:58 IST

With 'brain drain' being a cause of concern for the country, former President A P J Abdul Kalam on Saturday said he believed that there was hardly any such phenomenon as the migration of the professionals was too low.

"I don't believe in brain drain. India produces three million graduates every year. If 10 per cent of them leave the country, it is not brain drain," Kalam said while interacting with students at St Xavier's College in Mumbai.

He asked the students to work for the country's progress through their participation in developmental politics.

Kalam said the people of India had started realising the need of developmental politics and results of the recent Lok Sabha elections had indicated that the electorate voted on the basis of performance.

Asked why did India become a nuclear-armed state provoking Pakistan to follow the suit, Kalam, who played a key role in Pokhran-II, said, "Our nuclear programme has a clear doctrine of no first use. It is only a minimum deterrent weapon."

He asked the youths to become a part of the vision-2020 to build a prosperous and corruption-free society.

"Ignited mind of the youth was the most powerful resource on earth and they can change the world, if properly directed and controlled," Kalam said.