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Indian diaspora now just a click way...

india Updated: Jan 17, 2008 12:48 IST

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The information on groups of professionals of Indian origin based in the US is now just a click away as Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday launched a dynamic and interactive website on them.

Launching the portal, www.piousnetwork.com, Sibal said there was a crying need to systematise, diversify and scale up the information available on the diaspora based in the US and this initiative will address the need.

He said he conceived the "idea of developing and continuously maintaining a dynamic, interactive portal, giving accurate and up-to-date information of professionals of Indian origin" during his interaction with the Indian diaspora during his visit to the US in October 2006.

A majority of India's diaspora is based in the US and their dominant position in that country's knowledge sector is legendary. In the Silicon Valley alone, nearly 500,000 Indian professionals are working, the minister said.

It is also estimated that around 50,000 scientists, engineers and technologists of Indian origin working in the US hold senior and key positions in various universities and R&D laboratories there.

The portal will also help in providing timely information to the members on important happenings and events in their professional fields both in India and the US, Sibal added.

The portal aims to collect data of more than 10,000 professionals of Indian origin in the US to begin with, he said.