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    Reversing the Brain Drain: India’s 'Science Cities' On the Way

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    India aspires to become a major hub for international scientific exchange through the creation of five 'Science Cities' to in various locations across the country.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Taking up research opportunities in a foreign country can often turn into disappointment after dealing with local bureaucracy and strange living conditions. Language and cultural differences exacerbate the problem. With the aim of remove these hurdles and establishing itself as one of the leading centers of international scientific exchange, India is soon going to open five major 'science cities' across the country.  

    ​These science cities envisioned by the Union Government are expected to draw huge crowds of students, both from India and abroad. 

    ​Making this announcement at a function in New Delhi, Junior Minister for Science and Technology Y. S. Chawdary said:

    "If we are able to create a proper ecosystem like bird migration we can definitely attract many scientists from foreign countries because of environmental conditions. Our country gives them very good weather conditions as there are many countries where we do not have productivity more than 4-5 months, at the most six months, so that is one area where we are seriously thinking." 

    According to the Ministry of Science & Technology, each Science City will have state-of-the-art facilities for research in advanced technology. They will have facilities like research labs, education academies and hospitality and convention centers. The high end research laboratories can also serve as start-up incubators.  

    ​The government is also planning to invite scientists from foreign countries to do research in the science cities to encourage knowledge sharing between scientists across the globe. The students and scholars from universities will also be provided facilities to visit the science cities during vacations and undertake internships. 


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