There is a need to tap the 'vast pool of knowledge' among the Indian scientific community. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said this on Wednesday while expressing concern over the declining standards of research in the country.
He was inaugurating the 94th Indian Science Congress in the temple town of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu.
"The global Indian diaspora is a vast pool of knowledge that we must tap, especially in the sciences. We must try and attract the best and brightest of our scientists abroad to return home and participate in the adventure of building a knowledge-based economy here", he said.
Singh said many bright young Indian scientists working abroad in advanced fields of research wish to come home, for varying periods of time. "We must fully exploit the potential of this brain drain in reverse."
"Our visa regime, our employment procedures and remuneration systems, especially in universities and in government institutions, must change and respond to facilitate this. Our mindset must change too," he pointed out.
The Prime Minister also declared that his government wanted to increase the expenditure on science and technology to nurture young talent.