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US looks to India for more nurses

An Indian American businessman who has set up training schools for nurses across India says there are huge employment opportunities for nurses in the US.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2004 14:44 IST

An Indian American businessman who has set up training schools for nurses across India says there are huge employment opportunities for nurses in the US.

With an estimated requirement of one million nurses by 2010, employment opportunities for Indian nurses in the US would exceed that for IT professionals experienced in the boom years of early 1990s, said Amit Limaye, president of the New Jersey-based Logistic Solutions Inc., a multinational IT consulting company.

"With life expectancy of the Americans getting higher, more and more nurses are in demand. At the same time US nurses do not want to do clinical jobs; they only want administrative jobs," Limaye, who has varied business interes ts apart from IT, told IANS here.

Limaye's company has set up nurses training centres in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai and many places in Kerala.

He said the Kerala government was supporting the training centres as the state produces the largest number of nurses.

Limaye was here as a member of a visiting 11-member business delegation from New Jersey to explore the possibilities of joint ventures with Indian companies in various spheres, including IT, and to attract Indian investments to the state.

Ironically, New Jersey had proposed a law against outsourcing of jobs to India.

The delegation, which concluded its nine-day visit to India Sunday, was headed by Seema Singh, president of the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce, and a high-ranking Indian American in the cabinet of New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey.

It included Representative Frank Pallone, former co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India, and leading businessmen from the state.

The delegation visited Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Ahmedabad and met chief ministers, government officials and captains of industry. It also attended the three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Indian Diaspora Day) conference here.

Limaye said while there was genuine concern in New Jersey and elsewhere in the US about movement of jobs to India, it was not a new phenomenon.

"There have been job losses in the garment and manufacturing industry in the past, but this time the noise is more because white-collar jobs are being lost," he said.

But he quoted Pallone as having said that this had a flip side also.

Indian companies were setting up facilities in the US. For instance, pharmaceutical major Ranbaxy had set up a facility in New Jersey providing employment to more than 600 locals.

Besides interests in IT and nursing training schools, Limaye's company also markets "biometric security" gadgets that enable identification of an individual through fingerprints, iris and face.

He said some leading Indian companies were already using his system and many more had shown an interest in doing so.

First Published: Jan 12, 2004 14:44 IST