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January 26, 2011
IITBHU Global Editor @ 02:26 PM

Prof. Devesh Kapur, Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, USA [ITBHU Chemical Engineering, 1983 B.Tech batch] has published a book titled "DIASPORA, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEMOCRACY: The Domestic Impact of International Migration from India". Summary from the official book site:

What happens to a country when its skilled workers emigrate? The first book to examine the complex economic, social, and political effects of emigration on India, Diaspora, Development, and Democracy provides a conceptual framework for understanding the repercussions of international migration on migrants' home countries.

Devesh Kapur finds that migration has influenced India far beyond a simplistic "brain drain"--migration's impact greatly depends on who leaves and why. The book offers new methods and empirical evidence for measuring these traits and shows how data about these characteristics link to specific outcomes. For instance, the positive selection of Indian migrants through education has strengthened India's democracy by creating a political space for previously excluded social groups. Because older Indian elites have an exit option, they are less likely to resist the loss of political power at home. Education and training abroad has played an important role in facilitating the flow of expertise to India, integrating the country into the world economy, positively shaping how India is perceived, and changing traditional conceptions of citizenship. The book highlights a paradox--while international migration is a cause and consequence of globalization, its effects on countries of origin depend largely on factors internal to those countries.

A rich portrait of the Indian migrant community, Diaspora, Development, and Democracy explores the complex political and economic consequences of migration for the countries migrants leave behind.

Prof. Kapur's bio can be accessed here.

The book's review also appeared in the Indian Express here.

We wish Prof. Kapur all the best in his endeavors, and congratulate him on this excellent book on a very pertinent topic.

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 Sharan, ECE 85 said:

It seems this book is meant to be a "feel good" read, to assuage the guilt of those who graduate in India and then emigrate overseas to make good lives for themselves while India stagnates.

Take these sentences from the above article: "For instance, the positive selection of Indian migrants through education has strengthened India's democracy by creating a political space for previously excluded social groups. Because older Indian elites have an exit option, they are less likely to resist the loss of political power at home."

Is the author saying that educated Indians have to get out of the country in order to allow uneducated Indians to take over politics? Well, that has certainly happened, but are you saying that is a good thing for India? Secondly, the ones who leave India have little or no political aspirations anyway. How many engineers in India actually "resist the loss of political power"? This segment of Indians is only interested in getting into some "blue chip company" or into government jobs and making some good money as salaried employees; or perhaps in doing well as entrepreneurs.

Really, are you so unaware of the sheer apathy that runs through most of India regarding politics? It is indeed our apathy to the political process and governance that is destroying India; and, our west-seeking engineers are among the most apathetic, with no aspirations for political power whatsoever. Therefore, the question of their "resisting the loss of political power" simply does not arise. I don't know which country's culture the writer has based his book on; clearly he is not really in touch with the reality in India.

It would have made more sense for the author to say that these educated Indians needed to stay back in India and get into politics so that we could have leaders of merit in India. Instead, he takes the shocking view that educated Indians need to move out in order to allow the uneducated to occupy the slots in our government!

Finally, let's look at the facts here: Indians attain 10=2=4=16 years of (subsidised) education in India and then carry that education away with them to serve another country. HOW on EARTH can that be good for India? If you really think so, would you extend your argument by saying that India would benefit even more by simply sending away ALL its educated youth overseas?

The foreign country, like the US, gets itself a ready-made engineer; not being bound by anti-merit laws like India, the foreign country can select only India's best people; it saves money on that person's free public schooling and public health service expenses of the childhood years, but can start collecting income tax from Day 1. That Indian works in the foreign country in research etc., and develops loads of intellectual property for that country. None of that intellectual property belongs to India. Isn't this a disastrous loss for India?

"Facilitating the flow of expertise to India"? You've got to be kidding, right? These Indians, as I mentioned above, could very well have developed this expertise in India, and it would have been all ours. Instead, they go overseas and develop it there, and now we have to BUY it from those countries. What exactly is India's Return on Investment (ROI) on the education it provides our emigrating Indians?

I am sorry to say that I find this work highly disappointing; it does a HUGE disservice to India.

Let me make it clear that I can very well understand why educated Indians would want to move out of India; the complete lack of systems, the complete disregard for merit, the politically created societal divisions, the corruption and incompetence at all levels, etc. All very valid, in my opinion. But, that's a very different point. Let us not fool ourselves that mass emigration of our graduates is good for India. It is not.

April 6, 2011 5:54 AM
 Rishabh Upadhyay said:

Hello,

Congratulations sir for your publication.
I read the introduction of the book and now i am just seeking how i can get the complete book.
Well, congratulations once again.

Rishabh

June 2, 2011 8:26 PM

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IITBHU Global Editor @ 01:53 PM
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We are proud of announce that Dr. Palle Rama Rao, PhD Physics-Metallurgy 1964 IT-BHU, ex-faculty member of IT-BHU, will be awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's highest civilian award. 

 
 
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January 25, 2011
@ 04:31 AM
Imam Bara Lucknow
Dear Fellow Members of the ITBHU Family,

The Lucknow chapter of the ITBHU Global Alumni Association (ITBHUGAA) cordially invites you and your family to take a walk down the corridors of nostalgia at the Alumni Meet on January 28th 2011 over a dinner at the Barbeque Nation, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.

Event Details:

When: 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Where: Hotel Barbeque Nation, River Side Mall, 3, Vipin Khand, Near Taj Hotel, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow-226016 Phone: 0522-6060000,0522-6451323

Google Map: http://maps.google.co.in/maps?ie=UTF8&q=barbeque+nation+lucknow&fb=1&gl=in&hq=barbeque+nation&hnear=Lucknow,+Uttar+Pradesh&hl=en&view=map&cid=12522508789784485558&z=16&iwloc=A

Contribution: INR 425 + taxes for vegetarians and INR 475 + taxes for non-vegetarians per head

RSVP : We appreciate your confirmation via either an email to anshul.agarwal@mec06.itbhuglobal.org or an SMS on +91-9455714216. Request you to spread the word to all your acquaintances from IT BHU fraternity who are located in and around Lucknow and might not be included on this invite.

Please feel free to email anshul.agarwal@mec06.itbhuglobal.org or call at 9455714216 for any queries related to the event.

We look forward for your suggestions and participation to make the event successful.

Best wishes,
Anshul Agarwal
For ITBHU Global Alumni Association Lucknow Chapter
IT BHU Mech '06, IIML '11

+91-9455714216

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January 23, 2011
IITBHU Global Editor @ 02:00 AM

Polling_Places_Icon.jpg The elections for the IBGAA (India) will be held soon. We are forming the election team at the moment and the official announcements will be made soon. For now, here are some salient features of the upcoming elections:
 

1.    Only registered members who are Indian nationals & normally residing in India, will be eligible to become Governing Body members

2.    Director IT is ex-officio Chairman and his election is not required. Chairman can induct certain specified faculty/staff/students for the 'ex-officio' Governing Body members without any election process, but their total nos. cannot exceed 'elected' governing body members.

3.    Election of 6 governing body members is due from those alumni who are NOT presently faculty/staff/student.

4.    Election shall be held in two phases. In the first phase, the 'elected' Governing Body shall be elected by the registered members. In the second phase, the entire Governing Body ('elected' & ex-officio) shall elect the Secretary & Treasurer from the so 'elected' Governing Body members only.

5.    Election will be held electronically over the website www.itbhuglobal.org  

6.    The election will be supervised by Election Officers appointed by the Governing Body. The decision of Election Officer shall be final and binding for the election outcome.

7.    Since this association is registered as an all India body, its governing body members has to be necessarily from at least SEVEN States of India. Since Chairman (Director, IT BHU) & other ex-officio governing body members will have UP address, 'elected' governing body members have to be from at least SIX other States of India.

 

The full rules and regulations can be seen at https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B_NVi00BRGoQMzgzYTk3OGQtMWIzMy00NjY3LWFiZGQtM2JmNTQxMmU4YmNk&hl=en&authkey=CM-2qZMN .

The Election Officer to conduct this election needs to be formally appointed by the present Governing Body to conduct the elections. It can be done once consent for acting as Election Officer is received from the concerned person.

 

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IITBHU Global Editor @ 01:34 AM Polling_Places_Icon.jpgWe are pleased to announce the results of recently conducted election for CoR (Council of Representatives). The council is made up of elected representatives among alumni and students. There are 133 alumni and 19 student representatives in the newly elected council. There is one alumni representative for each branch/year (example: chemical 1977, Mining 2002, etc.). There are up to 2 student representatives per department (such as Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, etc.)

The council term is for 2 years, i. e. till December 2012.


More information is at: http://www.itbhuglobal.org/elections/archives/2011/01/results_for_2010_cor_council_o.php

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January 3, 2011
@ 04:31 AM

bangalore.gif Dear Fellow Members of the ITBHU Family,

The Bangalore chapter of the ITBHU Global Alumni Association (IBGAA) is pleased to announce its Alumni Meet on January 9th 2011 at the Farm House of Mr Manthani at Doddaballapur, Bangalore.

Event Details
When: 10:00AM ---3.30PM
Where: Farm house near at Doddaballapur Near Angasana Spa
Google Map:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&vps=1&jsv=274a&msa=0&msid=101264031869831195833.00048ff5d7718a09e8f43

Donation: Minimum Rs. 500 per person attending

RSVP : Please use the link to confirm your participation:

http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewinvite.jsp?event=RGQXSEMXODPMKJWZSBOL&unknownUser=true

You may email bangalore@itbhuglobal.org or call at 9844725620 for anything related to the event.

We look forward for your suggestions and participation to make the event successful.

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 rahul yadav said:

sir, what happened to the IIT status.

January 10, 2011 5:23 AM

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