Why do talented people leave their home town and go to other places? What are the consequences of such migrations especially on the educational sector?
This article seeks to raise questions, identify key issues and provide solutions which would enable immigrant students and professionals to share their knowledge, skills and innovative capacities and thereby enhancing the economic development of our city, Lucknow.
Young, well-educated, healthy individuals are most likely to migrate, especially in pursuit of higher education and economic improvement. Let’s take an example of Lucknow University……
Once rated among the top universities in the country, the nearly century-old Lucknow University no longer figures on the sought-after list of intermediate toppers.
Majority toppers from UP Secondary Education Board and ISC have applied for admissions in foreign universities, Delhi University and even institutes in south India while ignoring LU.
Among candidates opting for LU are those who scored low marks in Class XII or who dropped a year to prepare for competitive examinations.
LU’s decline has been gradual over the years. The data of past two years show that around 11% students did not take admission in LU even after qualifying the entrance tests. In fact, they had applied in LU as a backup in case they didn’t get through in the campus of their choice.
LU has failed to score Grade A in National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
There is a need to review the social, political, and economic reasons behind the exodus, and to provide security and opportunities for further development locally. Lowering of standards should not be accepted; instead local conditions should be reviewed and rectified. The availability of both high-quality education and opportunities in research are the keys to retaining and attracting regional talent.
In this globalized world the physical location of a person may or may not have any relation to the ability to make an impact on society. Professionals in the developed world may have most of their work portfolios in the developing world. Easy communication, quick travel, and greater collaborations between developed and developing countries are increasingly more common and we need to develop ways in which professionals can contribute to their countries of origin.
This approach to creating targeted educational opportunity together with political decision and investment in science and technology infrastructure provides a good example of a resourceful way of redirecting the brain drain. It is tempting to think that such on-site programmes involving national talent at home and abroad coupled with creative distance learning strategies could create networks of expatriates thus enabling their countries of origin to gain access to a world-class education in specific disciplines in the developing world.
We have a duty to preserve our land and our town because it belongs not merely to us but to our fathers and grandfathers who have lived here before us, and to our children and grandchildren who will live here after us.
Be the change,
God bless you…