With hardly a college or research institute in the US that does not have an India-origin scientist, the total number of Indian-Origin Amercian scientists is touching the hallmark of one million, said a report by the National Science Foundation that monitors demographic changes among scientists and technologists.
The number of Indian-origin scientists grew 85 percent during the period 2003 and 2013, reaching 950,000 as of 2013, which means it might have grown beyond the one-million mark by now. These immigrants, including naturalized citizens, permanent citizens, green card holders and temporary visa holders, easily outstrip other immigrants from China or the Philippines, said the report. The number of Chinese-origin scientists grew by 34% during the period under study, while the Filipinos rose by 53 percent, reaching 438,000 and 465,000 respectively, said the report.
The sudden growth in Indian scientists in the US is enormous as in 2003, Indian-origin researchers were just 2.5 percent of the U.S. research workforce and as of 2013, made up 3.3 percent, the report said. "Indians “continue to be the single largest source of such professionals populating the American workforce,” it said. The total number of scientists and engineers in the United States stood at 21.6 million to 29 million.
The immigrant scientists and engineers re mostly engaged in engineering, computer and mathematical sciences and social and related sciences and over 80 per cent of the immigrant scientists and engineers were employed in 2013. As far as India is concerned, it amounts to brain-drain but with a huge population of 1.2 billion, almost 16 million of Indians live abroad constituting the largest diaspora across the world, exceeding the Chinese.[tags, Brain drain, Indian-origin scientists, naturalised citizens,National Science Foundation, Brain drain, Indian origin Americans, naturalised citizens,World, USA, India,indian diaspora, diaspora news, ] [category, science]